"sort by my comments" October 20, 2005 11:55 PM   Subscribe

A "sort by my comments" thingy on Ask Metafilter would make it easier to monitor threads that one is interested in. There is the potential for abuse, but since the time-limit on questions there has recently been extended, I don't think it would be all that dangerous.
posted by interrobang to Feature Requests at 11:55 PM (13 comments total)

Also, considering that Ask Metafilter is even more heavily monitored for content than the other two pages are, it's unlikely that this would be abused.

On the "front page", there is a thing on the upper right that sorts posts by the most comments; why would this be a bad thing for AskMe?
posted by interrobang at 12:05 AM on October 21, 2005


This covers Ask MetaFilter posts you've posted in, and yeah I need to finish it up.

Also, don't post a dot in threads you like -- I'm working on a favorites system much like the My Comments page I just linked, which will track threads you didn't have to participate in, but want to watch.
posted by mathowie (staff) at 12:15 AM on October 21, 2005


On rereading my last sentence, I think was unclear. I don't mean to imply that it would be good to watch threads that have more comments than others.

I'm actually saying that since there's a fear of threads becoming cult threads, it's weird that there's a "watch threads with the most comments" option on the "front page", and yet one's options for paying attention to threads on AskMe is limited to scrolling down several days in the past, or looking up one's own user page and selecting comments.
posted by interrobang at 12:19 AM on October 21, 2005


Seconded.
posted by dg at 12:22 AM on October 21, 2005


Matt, I was never planning on posting dots, and I remember that thread.

I only post in AskMe threads when I have something that I think is useful to contribute. I just want to see if things get resolved or not, which is the purpose of AskMe.

Why not have the same system in AskMe that you have on the "front page"? I already have four metafilters bookmarked: Metafilter proper, Metatalk, Ask Metafilter, and that "detect deleted threads" thingy. Why not just have the same interface on all of them, considering that on MetaTalk and Ask Metafilter, things expire more quickly?
posted by interrobang at 12:24 AM on October 21, 2005


I'm working on a favorites system much like the My Comments page I just linked

I've been a bad boy recently and commented in AskMe threads without much of substance to add, just because I really really wanted to be able to find the thread later, so this makes me quiver with anticipation. (Yeah, I know, use de.licio.us for now, but I just can't seem to reach critical use mass with that, great as it is)

Also, thanks Matt for the pretty pony (linked off the header at AskMe) I requested. That's my first! I hope, as you mentioned in the feature request thread, that you'll bulk it up with some enhanced displayey functionality soon, and that people find it a useful thing once it assumes its final form.
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken at 12:49 AM on October 21, 2005


But if I don't post a dot, how will people know that I'm sorry for the death of their question?
posted by klangklangston at 5:55 AM on October 21, 2005


I must be misunderstanding; how would a user-selectable sort option be abused?
posted by odinsdream at 6:13 AM on October 21, 2005


odinsdream, the fear I've read here before is that if posts to metatalk and ask metafilter don't scroll off the page fast enough, they'll stay "alive" too long and become cult threads.
posted by interrobang at 7:23 AM on October 21, 2005


Fear of a cult-thread planet.
posted by If I Had An Anus at 7:42 AM on October 21, 2005


Cult man, cult woman, cult baby.
posted by rocketman at 10:07 AM on October 21, 2005


I'm all for it.
posted by Smedleyman at 1:17 PM on October 21, 2005


So, the answer is... no?
posted by interrobang at 4:02 PM on October 21, 2005


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