who posted this? and, favorites foreshadowed February 14, 2006 8:52 AM   Subscribe

A couple of things:

1) When people view your profile and links to answers posted on mefi and such, it looks more like you've posted the question - this seems a little odd, could the actual comments be linked instead (I know they're accessible by clicking on the date, it just seems a slightly unintuitive way of doing it).

2) Mefi and ask.mefi have some GREAT posts on there that I'd love to be able to bookmark within Metafilter (part of my profile maybe?). An example, lots of ask.mefi questions are just damned useful, and I'd like to have a place where I could go and you could see "BishopsLoveSciFi's favourite questions / answers / FPPs".

If it makes it any clearer, think of it working like memories on LJ. (See this FAQ item if you're not an LJer.)
posted by BishopsLoveScifi to Feature Requests at 8:52 AM (8 comments total)

Your second request is coming soon.
posted by Penks at 8:58 AM on February 14, 2006

Also, you should check older threads before posting, because that gets asked about once a week.
posted by Penks at 9:00 AM on February 14, 2006

Sorry about that. I read meta talk but not religiously, but hadn't seen it come up.
posted by BishopsLoveScifi at 9:06 AM on February 14, 2006

On your first point, what do you think would be a better option?

I imagine I could drop the original posts entirely and maybe show the first 250 characters from each comment, but outside of the post's context, the output would seem fairly random. As it stands now, at least you know the comments on each post are likely to be about a certain subject.
posted by mathowie (staff) at 9:12 AM on February 14, 2006

Matt, on the first point, I've had the same thought, particularly when looking for one of my own comments, or answers to questions, when I want to see what further comments have been appended to the thread after mine. I would keep the present format for comments and answers under the profile, except that after each comment/answer link, in the same small font, show the first two lines of the comment/answer. This would help anyone looking at it sort out substantive commentary from one-line chatter.
posted by beagle at 9:45 AM on February 14, 2006

It would seem that if you wanted to do it, putting the comment excerpt *above* the "comment posted" line would better match the rest of the site and therefore lead to less confusion. So something like:

LegalFilter: What are my legal options against a company that withdrew money from my checking account without my consent?

The problem with lawyers, of course, is that they charge around $125 per hour and up, so pretty quickly this would cost you more than it's worth. Find
comment posted at 1:25 PM PST on Feb-13-06

I'm not sure, though. I can see this making the page extremely hard to scan -- so much text!
posted by occhiblu at 10:32 AM on February 14, 2006

well, the reason I don't do it now occhiblu is that it's easy to just grab the ID of every comment posted, but grabbing the actual comment as well (50 of them per page) is more work to pull from the database.

Lemme do a test page of nothing but comments, with just the title of the original post.
posted by mathowie (staff) at 11:08 AM on February 14, 2006

I was just about to post to answer the above - and on preview I noticed at the top of the page, you've already implemented it!

It definitely seems more like I expected - a little more intuitive, and it also clears up the ambiguity over attribution which to me was more of an issue. Now question and answers remain distinct and it's clear who wrote them, exactly what I was getting at!

I'm truly impressed :)
posted by BishopsLoveScifi at 2:07 PM on February 14, 2006

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