"for some people, the trainwrecks are their favorite." May 10, 2016 9:02 AM   Subscribe

Dear favorites, today you are ten. Despite mathowie telling us to "Think of favorites as an internal bookmark system" we've decided you mean whatever we want you to mean. Happy birthday. [as promised]

reminder: notable MeFi dates can be found on the MeFiWiki Timeline
posted by jessamyn to MetaFilter-Related at 9:02 AM (227 comments total) 56 users marked this as a favorite

So this is the day we can trade our favorites in for prizes right?

I'll take one of the dinosaur pencil erasers and if you give me until the end of the day to rack up some more, I should have enough for those plastic vampire teeth.
posted by griphus at 9:04 AM on May 10, 2016 [64 favorites]


One of my April Fools ideas was to make a site called FavoritesExchange (with that amusing URL) and literally have a place where you could trade your MeFi favorites for various cheevos on other sites and do sort of an AwardWallet thing with it. But we scrapped it since it was a huge undertaking and 4/1 stuff is usually lighthearted and we figured it might make people fight all day. I am less concerned if people fight all day today!
posted by jessamyn (retired) at 9:08 AM on May 10, 2016 [58 favorites]


Time from announcement of favorites until first request for ability to tag them: 3 hours 27 minutes.

Plus ça change...
posted by Mayor West at 9:09 AM on May 10, 2016 [6 favorites]




I guess it's probably about time I stop thinking of Favourites as a new feature.

I should probably also get some new shirts, then.
posted by ODiV at 9:11 AM on May 10, 2016 [14 favorites]


I am less concerned if people fight all day today!

I often miss working with you, but then again
posted by cortex (staff) at 9:11 AM on May 10, 2016 [79 favorites]


Added to favorites, of course! Thanks, jessamyn!
posted by MonkeyToes at 9:12 AM on May 10, 2016 [5 favorites]


of all the meaningless internet points I have accumulated, MetaFilter favorites are my favorite.
posted by prize bull octorok at 9:13 AM on May 10, 2016 [38 favorites]


My favorite thing about favorites is when someone goes on a favorite run and favorites every comment in a post. I felt compelled to do it in this post (because of the subject), and I've noticed it happening a few times since then.
posted by benito.strauss at 9:13 AM on May 10, 2016 [10 favorites]


I often miss working with you, but then again

While I am extremely fond of Golden Age Jessamyn, this new Grimdark Jessamyn is definitely scratching an itch I've had for years.
posted by griphus at 9:13 AM on May 10, 2016 [111 favorites]


LET THE FAVORITES HOLY WARS COMMENCE
posted by Chrysostom at 9:16 AM on May 10, 2016 [11 favorites]


My favorite thing about favorites is when someone goes on a favorite run and favorites every comment in a post. I felt compelled to do it in this post (because of the subject), and I've noticed it happening a few times since then.

I just fell into Fannibalism after binge watching the show and then plowed through the nearly 2K comments on the finale post. More than one MeMail giggling about watching me work my way down the thread based on favourites I was clicking.
posted by feckless fecal fear mongering at 9:27 AM on May 10, 2016 [12 favorites]


What was that thing where somebody favorited every single comment ever made by someone?
posted by Chrysostom at 9:39 AM on May 10, 2016 [8 favorites]


That was davey_darling faving ThePinkSuperhero.
posted by cortex (staff) at 9:40 AM on May 10, 2016 [8 favorites]


One of my April Fools ideas was to make a site called FavoritesExchange (with that amusing URL) and literally have a place where you could trade your MeFi favorites for various cheevos on other sites and do sort of an AwardWallet thing with it.

Initially read as Cheetos and was very disappointed that this didn't come to pass.
posted by Bulgaroktonos at 9:42 AM on May 10, 2016 [12 favorites]


I dare you to try that with Artw.
posted by MoonOrb at 9:42 AM on May 10, 2016 [5 favorites]


Isn't there a limit to daily favorites? How many is it?
posted by OmieWise at 9:43 AM on May 10, 2016 [5 favorites]


I'd also like to wish a happy birthday to flagging, favorites' long-suffering younger fraternal twin.
posted by zamboni at 9:44 AM on May 10, 2016 [7 favorites]


Isn't there a limit to daily favorites? How many is it?

It's been 240 a day for nearly 3 years.
posted by zamboni at 9:46 AM on May 10, 2016 [9 favorites]


we've decided you mean whatever we want you to mean

Happy birthday favorites. To me you mean that sometimes my comments are valuable, and that helps to keep me a contributor. You also have pointed me towards some life changing comments that I otherwise probably wouldn't have seen. So here's to you, one of my favorite features.
posted by pwally at 9:51 AM on May 10, 2016 [16 favorites]


Have they ruined Metafilter yet? I think they were supposed to have done that by now.
posted by bondcliff at 9:54 AM on May 10, 2016 [28 favorites]


As my wife currently has more favorites than I do, they are bookmarks. Whether or not that changes in a few weeks now that she has a new job and less time to comment, we'll just have to wait and see.
posted by Bulgaroktonos at 9:57 AM on May 10, 2016 [29 favorites]


If I want to trade in my favorites can I also use the ones from my previous username, 'mathowie'?
posted by beerperson at 10:07 AM on May 10, 2016 [15 favorites]


Don't worry, kids. You're all my favorites!*

*Except for you. You know what you did.
posted by It's Raining Florence Henderson at 10:09 AM on May 10, 2016 [13 favorites]


My system of using favourites -- as bookmarks, upvotes, chuckles, read notifications, etc -- is basically predicated on everyone who notices them being psychic. So far I think it's actually working pretty well. So, hurrah for their birthday!
posted by metaBugs at 10:15 AM on May 10, 2016 [11 favorites]


I feel like Jessamyn would be disappointed if, after my participation in the thread where she conceived of this idea, I did not come in and grumble grumble favorites upvotes grumble grump.

So there you go.
posted by phearlez at 10:16 AM on May 10, 2016 [11 favorites]


Seeing a comment with 11 favorites does a weird thing to me. It's almost impossible for me not to click the + to make it 12. I don't know if that constitutes favorites altruism or favorites OCD or what, but I think there must be something I can learn about myself if I really dig deep on this one.
posted by mudpuppie at 10:24 AM on May 10, 2016 [18 favorites]


I see I'm not the only one who thought of the idea of favoriting every comment in this thread. In fact, I'm glad I'm not the only one, because that sounds kind of like work, and it's much easier to just have the idea and move on. Anyway I've been too busy flagging all the comments in the new flags thread.
posted by zachlipton at 10:35 AM on May 10, 2016 [7 favorites]


"for some people, the trainwrecks are their favorite."

This is extremely true.
posted by Melismata at 10:40 AM on May 10, 2016 [7 favorites]


The "Popular Posts" and "Popular Comments" feeds in my RSS reader are the best part of my Monday. During the weekend I don't often have the time to check Metafilter and I've found it's a really great way to get the weekend's highlights. So I really like the feature for that reason.

But I also hate it because none of my own comments have come up in the "Popular Comment" feed yet and buddy let me tell you I have had some real zingers that I thought would put me over the edge but - no. Some day, though.
posted by Tevin at 10:51 AM on May 10, 2016 [8 favorites]


 
posted by terrapin at 10:52 AM on May 10, 2016 [8 favorites]




I see I'm not the only one who thought of the idea of favoriting every comment in this thread.

I have nothing substantive to add to this discussion, but if they're just giving out favorites in this thread, I won't say no.

Also, I can't wait to see the anniversary post on flagging comments. The mods are gonna love that one.
posted by leotrotsky at 11:19 AM on May 10, 2016 [10 favorites]


People that unfavourite should not be allowed into this celebration.
posted by chococat at 11:29 AM on May 10, 2016 [11 favorites]


[1][2][3][4][5][6][7][8] [9][10][11][12]
posted by Wordshore at 11:30 AM on May 10, 2016 [6 favorites]


*clears throat*

*stands up*

*raises finger hesitantly*

I... I was told there'd be, um, favorites here? Are there any left?
posted by brundlefly at 11:31 AM on May 10, 2016 [23 favorites]


People that unfavourite should not be allowed into this celebration.

Good because I only unfavorite and that's a different thing innit?
posted by jessamyn (retired) at 11:35 AM on May 10, 2016 [14 favorites]


> Seeing a comment with 11 favorites does a weird thing to me. It's almost impossible for me not to click the + to make it 12.

I have this problem too! I sometimes resist just to prove I can, but I feel the tug.
posted by languagehat at 11:35 AM on May 10, 2016 [7 favorites]


It's not about the number of favorite you have, it's all about your favorites per comment ratio.
posted by entropicamericana at 11:37 AM on May 10, 2016 [25 favorites]


"There are no favorites in my office. I treat them all with the same general inconsideration."
— Lyndon B. Johnson
posted by Kabanos at 11:40 AM on May 10, 2016 [6 favorites]


"My favorite writers have been those who've said things well."
— Ray Bradbury
posted by Kabanos at 11:43 AM on May 10, 2016 [5 favorites]


"I have my favorite cat, who is my paperweight, on my desk while I am writing."
— Ray Bradbury
posted by Kabanos at 11:43 AM on May 10, 2016 [5 favorites]


"If favorites did not exist, it would be necessary to invent them."
— Abraham Lincoln Continental
posted by griphus at 11:45 AM on May 10, 2016 [15 favorites]


"I wrote one or two things that are among Chrysostom's favorites, and quite a bit that Chrysostom does not care for at all. But I don't care, because I am a famous author, and Chrysostom is just some guy on the internet, and I am also dead."

— Ray Bradbury
posted by Chrysostom at 11:54 AM on May 10, 2016 [13 favorites]


All I want to know is, how will I get my slice of Favorites birthday cake? Because I'm on board whenever there is cake.
posted by Lynsey at 12:01 PM on May 10, 2016 [8 favorites]


Favorites: The karma it's okay to like.
posted by notyou at 12:03 PM on May 10, 2016 [7 favorites]


I have collected zero favourites so far. What's up with that?

The cheap favorites though, they go for like $20 a dozen here in the old world. Why is everyone so excited about them again?
posted by Pyrogenesis at 12:05 PM on May 10, 2016 [6 favorites]


My biggest stress with favorites is favorite debt, when I have given out more favorites than I got. In these cases I feel like I'm freeloading off the community, like I'm enjoying more quality than I'm producing. It stresses me out.
posted by bleep at 12:07 PM on May 10, 2016 [20 favorites]


I like em because sometimes I feel like I'm too negative but then I see I've faved over 13000 things and i'm like "wow i didn't even know 13000 things existed let alone 13000 things i found noteworthy"
posted by Greg Nog at 12:08 PM on May 10, 2016 [37 favorites]


low standards, greg
posted by beerperson at 12:09 PM on May 10, 2016 [16 favorites]


reminder: notable MeFi dates can be found on the MeFiWiki Timeline

why did you do this to me today
posted by rhizome at 12:09 PM on May 10, 2016 [6 favorites]


Bulgaroktonos: As my wife currently has more favorites than I do, they are bookmarks.

Awww. You get a pity favorite, pobrecito.
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 12:11 PM on May 10, 2016 [7 favorites]


Sometimes favorites, sometimes votes, sometimes "I care."
posted by rhizome at 12:13 PM on May 10, 2016 [7 favorites]


I don't favorite half of you half as often as I should like; and I flag less than half of you half as much as you deserve.
posted by cortex (staff) at 12:13 PM on May 10, 2016 [77 favorites]


My biggest stress with favorites is favorite debt, when I have given out more favorites than I got.

Do you know what collateralized debt obligation is?
posted by griphus at 12:13 PM on May 10, 2016 [16 favorites]


A) shut up griphus, you're not cooler than me because you have more favourites
B) I secretly believe you're cooler than me because you have more favourites
C) I have way too much (i.e. any) of my self-worth tied up in MeFi favourites.
D) I think I need a support group or something
posted by GuyZero at 12:15 PM on May 10, 2016 [17 favorites]


Don't worry Trump is going to renegotiate the trade deficit using walls.
posted by Kabanos at 12:15 PM on May 10, 2016 [5 favorites]


cortex: "I don't favorite half of you half as often as I should like; and I flag less than half of you half as much as you deserve."

“I wish favorites need not have happened in my time," said pb.
"So do I," said cortex, "and so do all who live to see such times. But that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to flag with the time that is given us.”
posted by Chrysostom at 12:18 PM on May 10, 2016 [14 favorites]


quidnunc kid's keeping me honest on the favoriting.

I was just favoriting them all! It was an accident, I swear!
posted by leotrotsky at 12:19 PM on May 10, 2016 [5 favorites]


i favorited this post.
posted by quonsar II: smock fishpants and the temple of foon at 12:19 PM on May 10, 2016 [6 favorites]


Sometimes when the number of favorites I have is nearing some cool looking number I text not_on_display so he can go fave something and be the one to make that fave number cool. </trueconfession>
posted by jessamyn (retired) at 12:20 PM on May 10, 2016 [30 favorites]


jessamyn: "Dear favorites, today you are ten. "

Wow you can tell it was brand new; the announcement thread (as of right now) only had 37 favourites.

bondcliff: "Have they ruined Metafilter yet? I think they were supposed to have done that by now."

Impossible to tell in any objective way but I'm of the opinion they've had a negative effect.
posted by Mitheral at 12:20 PM on May 10, 2016 [6 favorites]


i favorited this post.

no u
posted by Pyrogenesis at 12:21 PM on May 10, 2016 [5 favorites]


Impossible to tell in any objective way but I'm of the opinion they've had a negative effect.

Oh come on Mithreral, I resisted coming into the party and pooping in the punch bowl and I am confident I hate them at least as much as you do. Let them have their little satanic celebration of evil withou-

dammit
posted by phearlez at 12:23 PM on May 10, 2016 [7 favorites]


I was really chuffed to see that the quidnunc kid left a favorite up there on my comment about plastic.karma -- some favorites are worth more than others! -- but I see the quidnunc kid is leaving favorites by the wheelbarrel load as if they were Deutschmarks in Weimar Germany.

Still chuffed about the one GuyZero left, though!
posted by notyou at 12:24 PM on May 10, 2016 [7 favorites]


but I see the quidnunc kid is leaving favorites by the wheelbarrel load as if they were Deutschmarks in Weimar Germany.

That doesn't make them any less special.

also, what am I, chopped liver?
posted by leotrotsky at 12:27 PM on May 10, 2016 [8 favorites]


A) shut up griphus, you're not cooler than me because you have more favourites
B) I secretly believe you're cooler than me because you have more favourites
C) I have way too much (i.e. any) of my self-worth tied up in MeFi favourites.
D) I think I need a support group or something


Here's a photo of me in socks and sandals which should help with part B.
posted by griphus at 12:29 PM on May 10, 2016 [22 favorites]


also, what am I, chopped liver?

Historically speaking, almost.
posted by Pyrogenesis at 12:30 PM on May 10, 2016 [9 favorites]


There's probably a way to use the infodumpster on favorites to make associative maps.
That sounds fun!
posted by the man of twists and turns at 12:32 PM on May 10, 2016 [6 favorites]


As my wife currently has more favorites than I do, they are bookmarks.

This is extremely funny to me as I once got 50 favorites for just asserting that Mrs. Pterodactyl is one of MetaFilter's great treasures (AND SHE IS)!
posted by kate blank at 12:32 PM on May 10, 2016 [8 favorites]


When you saw that there were no comments on your FPP, it was then that I favorited you.
posted by rhizome at 12:33 PM on May 10, 2016 [30 favorites]


User profiles should include a new item:

[] Favorites are the greatest thing since sliced bread!
[] Favorites are the worst thing since Donald Trump!
posted by Chrysostom at 12:34 PM on May 10, 2016 [4 favorites]


D) I think I need a support group or something

Don't worry. griphus is still less cool than The Whelk, ArtW, and elizardbits(and that's a retired username!)

...though technically the measurement shouldn't be total favorites, but instead probably total favorites/total comments. I suspect that Eyebrows McGee & poffin boffin would probably crush us all by that metric.
posted by leotrotsky at 12:34 PM on May 10, 2016 [8 favorites]


Here's a photo of me in socks and sandals which should help with part B.

is that when you lived in LA because i agree it is awful
posted by beerperson at 12:34 PM on May 10, 2016 [11 favorites]


Checking the infodumpster I'm relieved to find that I'm not very much to blame for griphus' lock on the favourites market, although the relationship is a little more one-sided than I had hoped for.

Now I have to go an unfave a bunch of comments, ugh.
posted by GuyZero at 12:35 PM on May 10, 2016 [6 favorites]


I remember my early days on MetaFilter when I would favourite my own posts. I was so young, so eager, so naive.
posted by Fizz at 12:37 PM on May 10, 2016 [8 favorites]


Here's a photo of me in socks and sandals which should help with part B.

Socks with sandals isn't even in the top 10 most off-putting things in that photo.
posted by GuyZero at 12:38 PM on May 10, 2016 [17 favorites]


Whenever someone gives me a favourite that takes my count to a nice round number I consider memailing them to say thank you but then I think that would make me the saddest person alive so I don't but I really want to
posted by billiebee at 12:38 PM on May 10, 2016 [17 favorites]


Just as an FYI to everyone, when I hit 30,000 I will actually self-immolate and be re-born as a beautiful bird.
posted by GuyZero at 12:42 PM on May 10, 2016 [23 favorites]


I regret that I have but one favorite to give for that.
posted by leotrotsky at 12:43 PM on May 10, 2016 [9 favorites]


People that unfavourite should not be allowed into this celebration.

So, here's the part where I confess my unhealthy obsession with favourites. At any given moment, I can probably tell you my favourites count to within +/- 3 favourites. That would be my "favorited by others" count, that is. Because despite my deep love of being favourited, I almost never favourite anything myself. Because I use favourites as bookmarks and I don't want them cluttered up with things I just thought were funny. It makes it harder to find the things I might want to read again for some reason.

And to my deep and lasting shame, I am also an unfavouriter. Some threads I bookmark for reasons that are point in time -- I need to know the information for some reason and once the reason is past, the favourite can go away. Some threads I bookmark because I am interested in reading them as they develop but have no pressing need to keep track of long term, so once the conversation dies down, the favourite goes away (less of this now that I can add things to my activity, but mostly I forget that I can add things to my activity and still do it with favourites). And every time I unfavourite something, I whisper a small apology to the person I am robbing of their precious, precious favourite, all while secretly hoping that they are less obsessed by favourites than I am and will never notice.
posted by jacquilynne at 12:46 PM on May 10, 2016 [9 favorites]


Well, given the likelihood that it's not factually correct, that's probably the correct number of bookmarks to assign to it.
posted by GuyZero at 12:47 PM on May 10, 2016 [5 favorites]


And to my deep and lasting shame, I am also an unfavouriter.

oh it's you




you


i see you
posted by GuyZero at 12:47 PM on May 10, 2016 [9 favorites]


881/3752 = 0.2348ish, that's worse than my (terrible) Xbox gamerscore.

I'm losing my favourite game.
posted by comealongpole at 12:48 PM on May 10, 2016 [7 favorites]


...though technically the measurement shouldn't be total favorites, but instead probably total favorites/total comments. I suspect that Eyebrows McGee & poffin boffin would probably crush us all by that metric.

/total comments and posts across all subsites, ahem

the usual suspects tank their ratio by commenting prolifically. The true winner of the ratio game is probably some famous person who dropped in to comment in an FPP about themselves, scored mad favorites, and never posted again
posted by prize bull octorok at 12:51 PM on May 10, 2016 [13 favorites]


Sometimes when the number of favorites I have is nearing some cool looking number I text not_on_display so he can go fave something and be the one to make that fave number cool.

I once noticed that my favorites was over one of my very very favorite numbers by about 12 or so, so I nagged my husband to unfavorite me 12 times so I could get that number and make a screenshot of it be happy. For about 2 weeks because he didn't want to. Until finally he snarled okay, okay, I'll do it.

Only, in the meantime, someone(s) either cleaned up their favorites or decided I was a shithead; sensed with the MeFi Force I was being a shithead to my poor husband; or I just was a shithead; or whatever, and I lost a bunch. And I didn't notice. So when my husband sent me a screenshot of his unfavoriting with a NOW-are-you-happy and I went to see my beautiful beautiful number of faves. . . it was around 20 shy, the horror! Of course I couldn't ask my husband to re-favorite me at that point. And I swear it was about 6 months before I said anything that got favorites again.

I feel like I got exactly, maybe a little less, than what I deserved. But your comment makes me feel better!
posted by barchan at 12:53 PM on May 10, 2016 [20 favorites]


Having more "Favorites" than "Favorited by others" just demonstrates that you are a net positive force in the favorite economy. You should be proud of it.
posted by dfan at 12:55 PM on May 10, 2016 [23 favorites]


How many people a day run out of favorites I wonder? I feel reasonably confident that this isn't a stat that the backend captures, but it does make me curious.
posted by phearlez at 12:55 PM on May 10, 2016 [7 favorites]


The true winner of the ratio game is probably some famous person who dropped in to comment in an FPP about themselves, scored mad favorites, and never posted again

Yeah, but the woz and asavage shouldn't really count. Neither should mods.
posted by leotrotsky at 12:55 PM on May 10, 2016 [4 favorites]


How many people a day run out of favorites I wonder?

Let's see how long this thread goes.
posted by leotrotsky at 12:56 PM on May 10, 2016 [7 favorites]


> And to my deep and lasting shame, I am also an unfavouriter. Some threads I bookmark for reasons that are point in time ...

I just assume you're in a long thread, read my comment, think "Well, benito.strauss has fairly well summarized everything up to this point. I guess I'll just leave a bookmark here as the point where I can resume reading when I come back." No need to apologize for removing it later; I'm glad to have been of service.

/just don't tell me if this isn't the case
posted by benito.strauss at 12:58 PM on May 10, 2016 [6 favorites]


the usual suspects tank their ratio by commenting prolifically.

I heard that once when Keyser Soze found out someone unfavorited him, he tracked down every person who ever favorited the unfavoriter and forced them to unfavorite all of that guy's favorites.
posted by griphus at 1:00 PM on May 10, 2016 [11 favorites]


Looking forward to the favorites Bar Mitzvah in 3 years. Should be lots of dancing and drinking. Happy 10, little favorites.
posted by AugustWest at 1:03 PM on May 10, 2016 [6 favorites]


881/3752 = 0.2348ish, that's worse than my (terrible) Xbox gamerscore.

25827/4058 = 6.36 this is terrible why did I propose this i'm a bad person it's not a competition

All the critics of favorites have lit their torches and gotten their pitchforks are are like, "See? This is what we warned you about! This monster cannot be suffered to live!"
posted by leotrotsky at 1:04 PM on May 10, 2016 [7 favorites]


I was just favoriting them all! It was an accident, I swear!

is it *truly* favoriting *all* of the comments if you're not favoriting your own?
posted by barchan at 1:04 PM on May 10, 2016 [8 favorites]


Looking forward to the favorites Bar Mitzvah in 3 years.

Why do you assume favorites are male?
posted by Chrysostom at 1:05 PM on May 10, 2016 [13 favorites]


How many people a day run out of favorites I wonder?

Doin' my best here...
posted by Pyrogenesis at 1:05 PM on May 10, 2016 [5 favorites]


is it *truly* favoriting *all* of the comments if you're not favoriting your own?

This is a good point, and well put.
posted by leotrotsky at 1:06 PM on May 10, 2016 [7 favorites]


Why do you assume favorites are male?

What do you think I use as a bookmark?
posted by griphus at 1:13 PM on May 10, 2016 [24 favorites]


My biggest stress with favorites is favorite debt, when I have given out more favorites than I got. In these cases I feel like I'm freeloading off the community, like I'm enjoying more quality than I'm producing. It stresses me out.

See, I look at it the other way -- I want to spread more praise than I receive, so I'm happy when my totals are off.
posted by kimberussell at 1:26 PM on May 10, 2016 [10 favorites]


Is this something I'd have to have favorites on to understand?
posted by MoonOrb at 1:30 PM on May 10, 2016 [5 favorites]


Every year when they do the 'greatest underappreciated comments' MeTa I go through my favorites to see if any of my faves fit... and if I read things that I no longer think are that memorable - I totally unfavorite them. I don't even feel guilty. If it doesn't stand the test of time, it's on you.

People who unfavorite my comments are horrible heartless people who should feel terrible.
posted by Mchelly at 1:31 PM on May 10, 2016 [9 favorites]


jacquilynne: I am also an unfavouriter.

Well. I'm glad it's you and not someone whose opinion I care about.

*tosses jacquilynne shrine in trash, wipes away tear*
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 1:32 PM on May 10, 2016 [8 favorites]


and if I read things that I no longer think are that memorable - I totally unfavorite them. I don't even feel guilty. If it doesn't stand the test of time, it's on you.

yours is the harshest realm
posted by prize bull octorok at 1:35 PM on May 10, 2016 [19 favorites]


Why do you assume favorites are male?

I actually wrestled with that issue before posting and decided Bar not Bat because favorites are so imprecise and are a blunt tool. They sort of clod their way through life like this old male.
posted by AugustWest at 1:39 PM on May 10, 2016 [7 favorites]


and if I read things that I no longer think are that memorable - I totally unfavorite them. I don't even feel guilty.

I just want to be alone.
posted by Chrysostom at 1:40 PM on May 10, 2016 [6 favorites]


I am not sure how much of it is that I am a horrible person versus how much I hate faves as a popularity contest, but the above comments really make me want to go look at the few hundred things I have bookmarked with my favoriting and remove ones I no longer care about.

Probably about 30/70.
posted by phearlez at 1:49 PM on May 10, 2016 [5 favorites]


"See, I look at it the other way -- I want to spread more praise than I receive, so I'm happy when my totals are off."

Same here. Well, I'm happy that mine are nearly equal for the same basic reason.

Which is really weird because that's been the case for several years. Right now the actual numbers are 26,978 and 27,423, which is a difference of only about 1.5%. And, like I said, this isn't a brief coincidence, it's been this way for the last several years. It's definitely not something I'm intending because I'm almost completely unaware of the number of favorites I give (other than noticing every now and then that the two numbers remain close). It seems really odd to me and I guess it means I'm consistent in how I'm favorited, consistent in how much of MeFi I read, consistent in how frequently I favorite what I read, and everyone else is consistent in what appeals to me. Taken together, that doesn't seem likely. And yet.
posted by Ivan Fyodorovich at 1:54 PM on May 10, 2016 [8 favorites]


For years, I stubbornly stuck to having only one favorite, moving it from comment to comment as I found something "better" - because that's what "a favorite" IS, dammit!

Then I decided okay, I can have a favorite comment, AND a favorite post.

Much later, I decided I was probably overthinking the whole thing.
posted by yhbc at 1:59 PM on May 10, 2016 [30 favorites]


Here's a photo of me in socks and sandals which should help with part B.

where is the photo of you drunkenly holding greg's sword
posted by poffin boffin at 2:03 PM on May 10, 2016 [9 favorites]


(not a euphemism)
posted by poffin boffin at 2:03 PM on May 10, 2016 [12 favorites]


Looks like I signed on to this here thingy less that two months before favorites came into existence.

Last night, I drank $5 of scotch in one swallow but membership in MeFi can give me an endless supply of hangovers for the same price.
posted by trinity8-director at 2:06 PM on May 10, 2016 [7 favorites]


I wasn't ....... drunk.
posted by griphus at 2:13 PM on May 10, 2016 [15 favorites]


for some reason that picture took ages to load but it was extremely worth it, A++ would wait for it to load and almost close the tab out of impatience but in the end stick it out for the reward again
posted by burgerrr at 2:22 PM on May 10, 2016 [8 favorites]


*lower lip quivers*

You mean those AREN'T bitcoins?
posted by mandolin conspiracy at 2:24 PM on May 10, 2016 [6 favorites]


I don't care what my actual favorites count is; I just like to watch it go up because every favorite is a Warm Fuzzy that somebody out there in the world saw my joke and laughed.
posted by Greg_Ace at 2:28 PM on May 10, 2016 [10 favorites]




I wasn't ....... drunk.

that is the day we went to the place with the really big margaritas so ALSO drunk
posted by poffin boffin at 2:32 PM on May 10, 2016 [7 favorites]


One of my April Fools ideas was to make a site called FavoritesExchange (with that amusing URL) and literally have a place where you could trade your MeFi favorites for various cheevos on other sites and do sort of an AwardWallet thing with it. But we scrapped it since it was a huge undertaking and 4/1 stuff is usually lighthearted and we figured it might make people fight all day. I am less concerned if people fight all day today!

It's not too late for a favourites arbitrage Ponzi scheme, though.
posted by mandolin conspiracy at 2:36 PM on May 10, 2016 [3 favorites]


I like that some people on this site exist because aside from posting really good stuff, they relieve me from caring anything whatsoever about totals. I do sometimes look at whether stuff I say gets favorites because I'm really sensitive about wanting not to just be general noise; if I'm going to say anything at all, I want it to be something meaningful, usually.

But I'm terrible at actually using favorites myself consistently, so I'd like to take this opportunity to say that I still value lots and lots and lots of comments made by people who I didn't think to click on at the time. I'm sorry I'm terrible at it.
posted by Sequence at 2:37 PM on May 10, 2016 [5 favorites]


That's not quite what I had in mind, GuyZero...
posted by Greg_Ace at 2:50 PM on May 10, 2016 [4 favorites]


also, what am I, chopped liver?

It's my Pâté and I'll fave who I want to.
posted by It's Raining Florence Henderson at 2:56 PM on May 10, 2016 [20 favorites]


(not a euphemism)

For a second there, I thought you were talking about griphus's bookmark.
posted by Celsius1414 at 3:17 PM on May 10, 2016 [4 favorites]


I totally unfavorite them. I don't even feel guilty.

Only crouton petters understand that favorites have feelings.
posted by MonkeyToes at 3:22 PM on May 10, 2016 [10 favorites]


griphus: Here's a photo of me in socks and sandals

Oh my. That's... rather sexy.
posted by Too-Ticky at 3:26 PM on May 10, 2016 [6 favorites]


I love favourites because I am basically a lab rat and alright treats let's push that fucking lever again whoooooo

In all seriousness getting to 10,000 favourites was a meaningfully awesome day in my life.

Anniversarial high five to everyone else who loves them even if they'd never be so gauche as to voice it (stealth high five)!
posted by Sebmojo at 3:33 PM on May 10, 2016 [10 favorites]


OMG, by favoriting every comment I can't actually express my preferences as to other people's comments. Sweet irony, this very thread is a world without favorites for me.

The horror. The horror.
posted by leotrotsky at 4:05 PM on May 10, 2016 [6 favorites]



Been nice knowing everyone.

🐦🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥


posted by GuyZero at 4:29 PM on May 10, 2016 [6 favorites]


*GuyZero changes username to BirdOne, loses all favorites, starts over
posted by Greg_Ace at 4:34 PM on May 10, 2016 [5 favorites]


I just love you all more than you love me.
posted by halifix at 4:36 PM on May 10, 2016 [14 favorites]


Can someone teach me how to guilt people into favorites because by what I wrote 3 minutes ago I'm bad at that
posted by halifix at 4:40 PM on May 10, 2016 [5 favorites]


Who has that formula on hand where it's like the square root of (∑i=1n[comments - favorites]^2) / posts. I keep that in a spreadsheet with a macro that tallies up my mefi stats, and consult it every time I need to figure out how much value I have as a community member compared to the rest of you scrubs. I've got a script so that if my value ever exceeds griphus's, my account automatically disables and i become a screeching phoenix ascending to the heavens in a white hot blaze, two feathery middle fingers pointed at the shitlords as I leave them behind. Anyway, yes, favorites are killing this site and should be banned. Alternately, here's a bit of code to make the site better:

10 favorite++ to users.all
20 Goto 10
posted by naju at 4:43 PM on May 10, 2016 [5 favorites]


Oh I don't know. I pity-favourite all the time. Also, I have no shame so please accept this humble offering as an excuse to use up some of your daily favourite rations. I know it's got an extraneous -u in there but I'm just a humble Straylan looking for faves in a US-centric world. And now, here's Wonderwall.
posted by h00py at 4:44 PM on May 10, 2016 [10 favorites]


two feathery middle fingers pointed at the shitlords as I leave them behind

woah. I never even thought of this part. that kind of detail is what separates visionaries from mere tradesmen like myself.
posted by GuyZero at 4:45 PM on May 10, 2016 [8 favorites]


Ripping off other people and blowing their minds is part of my favorites strategy.
posted by naju at 4:48 PM on May 10, 2016 [6 favorites]


That's interesting, because ripping off other people and blowing their minds is part of my favorites strategy.
posted by Greg_Ace at 4:55 PM on May 10, 2016 [8 favorites]


It is now, anyway.
posted by Greg_Ace at 4:56 PM on May 10, 2016 [5 favorites]


I love favorites because they enable me to lurk more. Instead of opening my mouth every single time I want to say something - which is roughly 110% of the time - I can just favorite someone else (or plural someones) who already said it better than I was liable to.

I figure that I can't be alone in approaching Metafilter that way either, and so I tend to believe they're a net positive for the site.
posted by mordax at 5:02 PM on May 10, 2016 [35 favorites]


and i become a screeching phoenix ascending to the heavens in a white hot blaze, two feathery middle fingers pointed at the shitlords as I leave them behind

The noble sploenix
posted by beerperson at 5:06 PM on May 10, 2016 [8 favorites]


The noble sploenix

To be immortalized with commemorative underwear (may be NSFW).
posted by MonkeyToes at 5:21 PM on May 10, 2016 [4 favorites]


wait how are we supposed to skim this thread for favorited comments if everyone's favoriting everything
posted by flatluigi at 6:08 PM on May 10, 2016 [4 favorites]


To be immortalized with commemorative underwear

Wow. For the man who wants to show the world he's a proud, upstanding 'Murican....
posted by Greg_Ace at 6:14 PM on May 10, 2016 [4 favorites]


"While I am extremely fond of Golden Age Jessamyn, this new Grimdark Jessamyn is definitely scratching an itch I've had for years."

...

...

I want action figures.
posted by Deoridhe at 6:48 PM on May 10, 2016 [8 favorites]


I favorite stuff to give people internet points for saying something good, but I also do it when I want to remember something, like an in-site bookmark. It's really confusing doing both at once, though. I end up favoriting a bunch of stuff and I never go back and look at the stuff I wanted to remember, and it's sort of like how my dad always has a browser window with like 50+ tabs open. I'm like, "Dad, I don't think you need this window with the rental car itinerary from two months ago" but it's right next to an article he's been meaning to read about Billy Joe Shaver.
posted by teponaztli at 7:07 PM on May 10, 2016 [11 favorites]


What was that thing where somebody favorited every single comment ever made by someone?

That was davey_darling faving ThePinkSuperhero.


Those were the good ole' days! My favorite part of it all was that favorites were new back then so for one person to have 20,000 favorites was really confusing and made some people SO MAD.
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 7:34 PM on May 10, 2016 [11 favorites]


"While I am extremely fond of Golden Age Jessamyn, this new Grimdark Jessamyn is definitely scratching an itch I've had for years."

At least we don't have to worry about a return to 90s/Liefield Jessamyn, with those tiny feet, the absurdly unwieldy Ban Hammergun (why did it shoot swords?!) and all those pouches.
posted by Ghidorah at 7:48 PM on May 10, 2016 [7 favorites]


...you never actually see the feet.
posted by leotrotsky at 8:09 PM on May 10, 2016 [6 favorites]


It's not about the number of favorite you have, it's all about your favorites per comment ratio.

I feel like there should be a user favorite difficulty factored in, like getting a favorite from someone who has only given a few ever should count more. Also a bonus when someone favorites only one comment in a thread, and it's yours (thus winning the thread). Who was that person who seemed to favorite everything a while back and routinely hit the favorite limit? Getting one of those is fun too, but not quite the same.

I think it would be neat if everyone got one and only one super-favorite. To give it again, you'd have to take it back.
posted by ctmf at 8:32 PM on May 10, 2016 [8 favorites]


Favoriting is like letting someone in in traffic; pro.
posted by soakimbo at 8:35 PM on May 10, 2016 [5 favorites]


ctmf: "Who was that person who seemed to favorite everything a while back and routinely hit the favorite limit?"

tehloki. Discussion. More.
posted by Mitheral at 8:42 PM on May 10, 2016 [5 favorites]


Hitting the limit after it was implemented. That's right there used to be no favourites limit.
posted by Mitheral at 8:46 PM on May 10, 2016 [4 favorites]


I think it would be neat if everyone got one and only one super-favorite. To give it again, you'd have to take it back.

If I know anything about myself from all the video games I've played over the years, it's that I would carefully save this favorite forever, waiting for the One True Comment that was worthy, and then by the time I reached the Final Boss of Metafilter I'd have completely forgotten I even had a super-favorite and would slowly, painstakingly defeat it using normal favorites instead.
posted by mstokes650 at 8:49 PM on May 10, 2016 [12 favorites]


I think it would be neat if everyone got one and only one super-favorite. To give it again, you'd have to take it back.

That's what I did! I remember taking it away from an awesome Stan Chin comment and giving it to some slightly more awesome (at the time) Greg Nog comment and thinking "Sorry Stan, but this is better. For now."
posted by yhbc at 9:09 PM on May 10, 2016 [6 favorites]


> I think it would be neat if everyone got one and only one super-favorite. To give it again, you'd have to take it back.

Well, as far as I know there's only one MetaFilter joke dollar out there, though that's more of a pass-it-along thing than a rob-Peter-to-pay-Paul thing.
posted by benito.strauss at 9:47 PM on May 10, 2016 [3 favorites]


Man, I have lost 3 favourites since this thread started. Either it's causing a lot of people to go back and rethink how they use favourites or all y'all are taking vengeance on me for admitting that I'm an unfavouriter.
posted by jacquilynne at 11:07 PM on May 10, 2016 [15 favorites]


Maybe if I stand in the mefi favourites line, I can get to meet all my favourite mefites! SIGN MY FANFIC PLEASE!!!
posted by Freelance Demiurge at 11:29 PM on May 10, 2016 [7 favorites]


Note: Everyone needs a hug.

Thank you. Lovely. :) Has that always been there?
posted by cotton dress sock at 11:36 PM on May 10, 2016 [4 favorites]


Favorites have made the site worse by forcing me to confront how craven I am.
posted by klangklangston at 12:24 AM on May 11, 2016 [6 favorites]


Also: Looking forward to the 10-year anniversary of the time you took them away for like a month and everyone LOST THEIR SHIT.
posted by klangklangston at 12:25 AM on May 11, 2016 [8 favorites]


I think the 'Note: Everyone needs a hug.' has been there for years and years but I can't be certain because I haven't been here for years and years.
But, just like me, it's not new. That's for sure.
posted by Too-Ticky at 12:49 AM on May 11, 2016 [5 favorites]


everyone LOST THEIR SHIT.

/raises hands, whispers

guilty as charged, your honor
posted by Ghidorah at 1:22 AM on May 11, 2016 [4 favorites]


It'll either be called The Thin Green Line or The Modfather, depending on how chapter two turns out.
posted by Freelance Demiurge at 1:44 AM on May 11, 2016 [5 favorites]


I favorite stuff to give people internet points for saying something good, but I also do it when I want to remember something, like an in-site bookmark. It's really confusing doing both at once, though. I end up favoriting a bunch of stuff and I never go back and look at the stuff I wanted to remember,

OMG, yes! I totally use favorites as internet applause too and it makes it really hard to actually bookmark something. This is why we need an additional, auxiliary system of favorites. I propose we call them "favourites" I just made that term up.

And that way, when you get a "favourite", you know that someone found your comment really especially useful and they're going to go back to it and you can feel even better about yourself as an Extra Special Person and the users with the most "favourites" will be the true winners of Metafilter.
posted by Slarty Bartfast at 2:45 AM on May 11, 2016 [10 favorites]


I sometimes favorite my own comments.
posted by Literaryhero at 3:15 AM on May 11, 2016 [6 favorites]


So this is the day we can trade our favorites in for prizes right?

I'll take the big comb and the Aerosmith mirror.
posted by jonmc at 4:17 AM on May 11, 2016 [7 favorites]


I think it would be neat if everyone got one and only one super-favorite. To give it again, you'd have to take it back.

That would be awesome. You get one. That merits a pony request. It would be an alternate member curated "best of" that might also help some inderappreciated comments filter up to the top.
posted by leotrotsky at 5:10 AM on May 11, 2016 [4 favorites]


Sometimes, late at night, when nobody's around, I like to spread my favorites on the floor and roll around naked in them.
posted by jonmc at 5:51 AM on May 11, 2016 [8 favorites]


Those are my favorites, you pervert!
posted by OmieWise at 6:15 AM on May 11, 2016 [5 favorites]


Ten years? Why does everything lately just make me feel old?
posted by TedW at 6:43 AM on May 11, 2016 [4 favorites]




"underappreciated" comments, even.
posted by leotrotsky at 6:52 AM on May 11, 2016 [4 favorites]


On the bookmark vs. support different uses of favorites: I once got a thank you note for giving someone a milestone favorite. It was a bookmark that I, um, was about to unbookmark. But I gave it a little extra time, to make sure that said MeFite got his/her milestone+1 favorite first; I'm not a monster. The whole thing felt a little weird, if I'm being honest.
posted by .kobayashi. at 7:14 AM on May 11, 2016 [6 favorites]


The infodumpster will allow you to see who favorites your posts and comments the most.
posted by zarq at 8:02 AM on May 11, 2016 [8 favorites]


Did this post make anyone else go back and look at OLD favorites? I did (am?) ... this one made me laugh SUPER HARD all over again.
posted by ersatzkat at 8:19 AM on May 11, 2016 [6 favorites]


I got a memail thanking me for a link I posted at some point in the past, that was worth a thousand favourites!

Which seems to be roughly the number of favourites some of you are getting on a daily basis.
posted by asok at 8:20 AM on May 11, 2016 [7 favorites]


Did this post make anyone else go back and look at OLD favorites?

I went back to see what the very first things I favorited were. First post I favorited was a question about Steely Dan, first comment was a negative comment about chiropractors. Both are things I would favorite again. But for some reason I didn't start using them until July and August. Also, I noted that based on my favorites given to favorites received ratio, I am pretty stingy with favorites. I'll try to be more generous, I promise!
posted by TedW at 8:36 AM on May 11, 2016 [5 favorites]


Seeing a comment with 11 favorites does a weird thing to me. It's almost impossible for me not to click the + to make it 12. I don't know if that constitutes favorites altruism or favorites OCD or what, but I think there must be something I can learn about myself if I really dig deep on this one.
posted by mudpuppie at 10:24 AM on May 10 [11 favorites +] [!]


*rocks back and forth and hugs self*
posted by mudpuppie at 9:01 AM on May 11, 2016 [15 favorites]


There ya' go, mudpuppie, I'll help ya out.
posted by barchan at 9:04 AM on May 11, 2016 [7 favorites]


Did this post make anyone else go back and look at OLD favorites?

Through the favorites, things you will see. Other places. The future…the past. Old users long gone.
posted by entropicamericana at 9:19 AM on May 11, 2016 [6 favorites]


Too-Ticky: "I think the 'Note: Everyone needs a hug.' has been there for years and years but I can't be certain because I haven't been here for years and years."

At least since May 2006
posted by Mitheral at 9:23 AM on May 11, 2016 [4 favorites]


I just use them as nods. Like tossing money into the guitar case of a street musician as I'm passing, when I don't have time to stop and participate but owe them something for the music I'm enjoying, however briefly.

Had no idea people had such strong feelings about this.
posted by wonton endangerment at 9:45 AM on May 11, 2016 [6 favorites]


Hi guys! Sorry I'm late!

Is anyone still here?
posted by slogger at 10:21 AM on May 11, 2016 [4 favorites]


Good lord, am I seeing a lot of disabled accounts in my favorites. I wonder how many quit and how many were banned?
posted by entropicamericana at 10:34 AM on May 11, 2016 [4 favorites]


are you sure you weren't accidentally giving out EMP favorites
posted by prize bull octorok at 10:36 AM on May 11, 2016 [11 favorites]


My favorite comment that got a lot of favorites but really didn't deserve any favorites was a throwaway line that got like 70 favorites and I still don't understand why it got any favorites at all.
posted by slogger at 10:46 AM on May 11, 2016 [5 favorites]


The infodumpster will allow you to see who favorites your posts and comments the most.
posted by zarq at 11:02 on May 11 [3 favorites +] [!]


Okay, this is just wrong. There are a handful of people I almost always favorite because I know them from Twitter. Now I look and see MOST OF THESE PEOPLE BARELY FAVORITE ME and now I'm going to unfollow a bunch of Mefites on Twitter.
posted by slogger at 10:53 AM on May 11, 2016 [8 favorites]


It was a bookmark that I, um, was about to unbookmark

*throws .kobayashi. shrine in trash, further smashing jacquilynne shrine*
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 10:58 AM on May 11, 2016 [6 favorites]


Okay, this is just wrong. There are a handful of people I almost always favorite because I know them from Twitter. Now I look and see MOST OF THESE PEOPLE BARELY FAVORITE ME and now I'm going to unfollow a bunch of Mefites on Twitter.

Just make sure to unfavorite them too. This aggression will not stand, man.

just as an aside, favoriting all these comments is becoming a fair bit more work than I'd initially anticipated. Someone needs to start a new Metatalk thread to distract people from this one.
posted by leotrotsky at 11:03 AM on May 11, 2016 [5 favorites]


> just as an aside, favoriting all these comments is becoming a fair bit more work than I'd initially anticipated. Someone needs to start a new Metatalk thread to distract people from this one.

Know how to open up a Javascript console?

$('a[title="Save this comment as a favorite"]').trigger('click')

It won't get you the artisanal, hand-clicked fave cred you might want, but it'll get the job done.
posted by benito.strauss at 11:54 AM on May 11, 2016 [5 favorites]


My favorite comment that got a lot of favorites but really didn't deserve any favorites was a throwaway line that got like 70 favorites and I still don't understand why it got any favorites at all.

If only I had favorited it I would gladly unfavorite it now--sorry I'm unable to help!
posted by MoonOrb at 12:11 PM on May 11, 2016 [3 favorites]


It won't get you the artisanal, hand-clicked fave cred you might want, but it'll get the job done.

Sadly Javascript won't run on the scratch-build Babbage Analytical Engine I use to post my comments. The Turing machine will, but it takes a really long time and I usually run out of ribbon.
posted by leotrotsky at 1:17 PM on May 11, 2016 [5 favorites]


*rocks back and forth and hugs self*
posted by mudpuppie at 9:01 AM on May 11 [11 favorites +] [!]


Now the universe is just fucking with me.

posted by mudpuppie at 4:24 PM on May 11, 2016 [15 favorites]


*rocks back and forth and hugs self*
posted by mudpuppie at 9:01 AM on May 11 [11 favorites +] [!]

Now the universe is just fucking with me.
posted by mudpuppie 11 minutes ago [has favorites +] [!]
"

seems like
posted by klangklangston at 4:38 PM on May 11, 2016 [5 favorites]


> Now the universe is just fucking with me.

We are star-stuff.
posted by benito.strauss at 5:09 PM on May 11, 2016 [3 favorites]


mstokes650: "If I know anything about myself from all the video games I've played over the years, it's that I would carefully save this favorite forever, waiting for the One True Comment that was worthy, and then by the time I reached the Final Boss of Metafilter I'd have completely forgotten I even had a super-favorite and would slowly, painstakingly defeat it using normal favorites instead."

This is kind of the plot of Robert Bloch's story That Hell-bound Train.
posted by Chrysostom at 7:03 PM on May 11, 2016 [4 favorites]


*rocks back and forth and hugs self*
posted by mudpuppie at 12:01 PM on May 11 [12 favorites −] Favorite added! [!]


let me fix that for you...

*rocks back and forth and hugs self*
posted by mudpuppie at 12:01 PM on May 11 [11 favorites +] Favorite removed! [!]


There you go!
posted by leotrotsky at 7:42 PM on May 11, 2016 [3 favorites]


"There you go!
posted by leotrotsky 11 minutes ago [has favorites +] [!]
"

11 minutes! Always 11 minutes!
posted by klangklangston at 7:54 PM on May 11, 2016 [4 favorites]


*rocks back and forth and hugs self*
posted by mudpuppie at 12:01 PM on May 11 [12 favorites −] Favorite added! [!]

let me fix that for you...

*rocks back and forth and hugs self*
posted by mudpuppie at 12:01 PM on May 11 [11 favorites +] Favorite removed! [!]

There you go!


Me right now.
posted by mudpuppie at 8:05 PM on May 11, 2016 [8 favorites]


I know it's late -- the thread is winding down, all the cool kids are out in the bars telling each other stories about that crazy Ask thread & the introverts are long since asleep amongst their cats, but here's the deal. Karma is not a thing that happens to you in your life. Karma is not a bitch. Karma is a thing that happens to you when you die & come back in your next life reincarnated as, say, a snail or perhaps a lice, because you failed to give me enough favorites.
posted by Devils Rancher at 8:35 PM on May 11, 2016 [5 favorites]


Can the snail have a bumpersticker?
posted by clavdivs at 9:16 PM on May 11, 2016 [4 favorites]


Karma is a thing that happens to you ... because you failed to give me enough favorites.

Or because you make transparently covetous pleas on the Internet.
posted by Greg_Ace at 9:22 PM on May 11, 2016 [3 favorites]


*blows whistle*

KARMA POLICE PLEASE DISPERSE
posted by cortex (staff) at 9:43 PM on May 11, 2016 [5 favorites]


Or because you make transparently covetous pleas on the Internet.

This karmic misstep has probably bumped me down to salamander or newt. I should busy myself solving arcane OS X problems for vexed Mac users in ask until I even the odds of retaining at least a mamillian form for the next go-round.
posted by Devils Rancher at 10:16 PM on May 11, 2016 [5 favorites]


S'okay, I probably gained a serious karma load in turn for being holier-than-thou.

In other words, my karma didn't survive hitting your dogma.
posted by Greg_Ace at 10:24 PM on May 11, 2016 [3 favorites]


zarq: The infodumpster will allow you to see who favorites your posts and comments the most.

I always forget about the infodumpster, it's like it slides straight out of my brainbox the moment someone mentions it/demonstrates something clever with it. That comments link is super handy though, I'm slightly chuffed about my long tail of one-time favourites (granted, by definition everyone's probably got one ).

The other thing that's great about the infodumpster is the "not affiliated with MetaFilter" reminder at the bottom of the page. You're vomiting your opinions and favbookmarks onto the open internet pole, not into your own personal monkeysphere. Never hurts to be reminded.
posted by comealongpole at 4:18 AM on May 12, 2016 [4 favorites]


I am less concerned if people fight all day today!
posted by jessamyn (retired)


If a new person ever asks what the retired tag means, we should just point them to this comment.
posted by MCMikeNamara at 7:35 AM on May 12, 2016 [8 favorites]


I mean, I was a little concerned...
posted by jessamyn (retired) at 8:06 AM on May 12, 2016 [9 favorites]




I used to be concerned that I give more favorites than I receive, but y'all write far more posts/comments/answers than I do. There are over 200 comments in this thread alone, and now I have only one. Of course I have a favorite deficit; there are tens of thousands of you writing things for me to favorite!
posted by mountmccabe at 10:18 AM on May 12, 2016 [8 favorites]


I think the 'Note: Everyone needs a hug.' has been there for years and years but I can't be certain because I haven't been here for years and years.
But, just like me, it's not new. That's for sure.

Depends on your perspective, I guess. It still seems at least new-ish to me. At least, I still notice it every time, perhaps because it's such a MeFi thing that it always brings a tiny smile to my shrivelled black heart.

I think I'm doing favourites wrong, having received about three times as many as I give. I think I'm miserly with them because I'm nervous about adding favourites in case a better comment comes along and I feel the need to make that one my favourite but I'd have to take one away for that to work and that's just mean. Life must be so much easier for people who use them as bookmarks.
posted by dg at 3:21 PM on May 12, 2016 [3 favorites]


You're optimizing for correctness, when you could be optimizing for happiness.
posted by benito.strauss at 3:46 PM on May 12, 2016 [9 favorites]


That's okay, dg. I favorite enough for both of us. ;)
posted by zarq at 3:49 PM on May 12, 2016 [4 favorites]


Lots of times in a thread, if I say something and then someone else later disagrees with me, I will favorite their disagreeing comment as if to say, "No hard feelings! I still like you! Please still like me!"
posted by chainsofreedom at 5:41 PM on May 12, 2016 [12 favorites]


And I also found this comment in my favorites and that has made my day.
posted by chainsofreedom at 5:42 PM on May 12, 2016 [3 favorites]


I favorite enough for both of us. ;)

You are a veritable cornucopia, sir.
posted by MonkeyToes at 5:54 PM on May 12, 2016 [3 favorites]




Now I know what every member of my family is getting for their birthdays for the rest of 2016
posted by phearlez at 10:50 AM on May 13, 2016 [5 favorites]


Favorites?
posted by MoonOrb at 10:56 AM on May 13, 2016 [7 favorites]


Now that the ship of this thread has reached still wind, a report of my findings of favouriting every comment:

1. When I started favouriting every comment in this thread, I plussed many times quickly and then thought - "hang on, what if someone says something utterly terrible - some vile hated?" (Not that I thought it terribly likely). So I started reading every comment (either before or after favouriting it). I don't always or often read every comment in a thread, but now I was reading them all, and specifically looking for something I liked; reading everything in the best possible light, so to speak. And it was really easy to find something I liked in every comment, when I looked for it - some thought, some expression, some tale or joke or piece of wit (e.g., I loved this). I should read more threads in this mood, thought I.

2. Then I realised I was interacting (in a pretty facile way) with every single comment, stupidly worried to make sure that no-one was left without a plus. And that tiny sense of interacting with everyone was also really enjoyable; not only was I finding something likeable in every comment but I felt like I could also feed back to everyone (again, in a facile way): "hey, I liked what you said!" I felt like an "active listener" of all parts of the conversation, even though I wasn't adding any value to it at all.

3. Also, I found myself playing a private (or solipsistic?) game with the good leotrotsky - trying to get my favourite added on a new comment first! Totally silly and meaningless, but I realised that it was a way of interacting with a thread and another user that I had literally never done before in all my years on MeFi. And it was fun, even if I was the only one who noticed I was playing that dumb game.

Anyways - this is all indolent anecdote, not advice for living. Obviously, this thread wasn't on a controversial topic. And I was putting quark to bed while some of this was going on in its first day (singing songs, reading stories with him, etc), so I was in a good mood anyway. There is no moral to this report except that it made me think: I liked reading everything in this thread. I should give more favourites generally. Thanks, MeFites.
posted by the quidnunc kid at 11:07 AM on May 14, 2016 [18 favorites]


I came here to grouse about the quidnunc kid not favoriting my comment and then I realized I had not made one, just added this thread to Recent Activity manually.
posted by grouse at 12:48 PM on May 14, 2016 [5 favorites]


Yeah, so different approach on my end. I just clicked the little plus sign.

It did bug me that I couldn't double favorite the 'deserving' comments. You know who you are. Instead, this was the Lake Wobegon of threads, where all comments are above average.

On reflection, it would trouble me when quidnunc beat me to favoriting comments. "How can he be spending so much time on this thread, for days at a time? Doesn't this guy have a life?" I'd think, without an ounce of self-reflection.

I am also unashamed that I favorited every one of my own comments in this thread*, even though it feels like cheating.

* even this one!
posted by leotrotsky at 5:47 AM on May 15, 2016 [8 favorites]


Every once in a while my favorites and total-comments counts will both reach a nice, round number--or worse, a beautiful ratio--and I think, "Free at last! I can finally quit MetaFilter forever!" and then one of you bozos comes along and necro-favorites something I wrote six months ago and I'm stuck here for another two years.
posted by straight at 8:35 AM on May 16, 2016 [9 favorites]


I'm totally doing that to you now.

yep, just did.

RISE, NECRO-FAVORITES, RISE!
posted by leotrotsky at 7:54 PM on May 16, 2016 [6 favorites]


the horror. i knew i was dumb sixteen years ago, but i thought those comments were safely buried, lost in a previous century, never to trouble the world again...can't look away, can't stop reading...why have you done this, why, why?
posted by straight at 11:22 AM on May 17, 2016 [5 favorites]


Ha HA!
posted by leotrotsky at 11:48 AM on May 17, 2016 [3 favorites]


Oh I skimmed too fast. I thought you'd set up a way to request or self change the display name favorites much like we can fiddle with other look and geeky feely things.

I was going to rename my view from "favorites" to "kittens". Then I'd have nearly 9,000 kittens and recieved 3.5k kittens from others.
posted by tilde at 10:09 PM on May 19, 2016 [3 favorites]


(And then I can rename BEST ANSWER something like BEST FART)
posted by tilde at 10:11 PM on May 19, 2016 [2 favorites]


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