[-fave] button August 12, 2006 2:42 AM   Subscribe

In this thread, there is some horrifically bad advice being offered (along with a lot of good advice, I should add). Would it be a good idea to implement a [-fave] button as well as a [+fave] button? I would certainly have wanted to mark down a few of the answers if I had the chance.
posted by salmacis to Feature Requests at 2:42 AM (31 comments total)

Would it be a good idea to implement a [-fave] button

Really, really not. That way dragons lie. If a comment offers really bad or dangerous advice you can flag it and/or point out in the thread that the advice is bad and explain why.
posted by Gator at 2:57 AM on August 12, 2006


What makes you think you're opinion on the advice is better then anyone else's? If you disagree, post a comment explaining why.
posted by delmoi at 3:15 AM on August 12, 2006


We're gonna fight the trolls over here so we don't have to fight them over there.

Now watch this drive.
posted by Effigy2000 at 3:35 AM on August 12, 2006 [1 favorite]


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posted by peacay at 4:57 AM on August 12, 2006


You already know the answer to your question salmaci don't you.. I don't understand the snake of asking it plane. The [+] was on a bad idea to begin with. So your Jackson has a little burmese python. Deal. Sincere and utter dripping respect I Samuel at you feet and ask, do you ever wear clean socks?. DO YOU? PUNK?

On the other hand I here Digg has such a feature, spend more time there.
posted by econous at 5:16 AM on August 12, 2006


I knew people would start using favourites as ratings.
posted by reklaw at 5:59 AM on August 12, 2006 [2 favorites]


reklaw writes "I knew people would start using favourites as ratings."


+1 Insightful
posted by orthogonality at 6:05 AM on August 12, 2006


Gator is right about the dragons.
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 6:06 AM on August 12, 2006


+1 Funny
posted by Jimbob at 6:12 AM on August 12, 2006


-1 dragonbait
posted by pyramid termite at 6:28 AM on August 12, 2006


-1 Troll
posted by bigmusic at 6:29 AM on August 12, 2006


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posted by Wolof at 6:38 AM on August 12, 2006


Unfavorited.
posted by blue_beetle at 6:55 AM on August 12, 2006


I use favorites to mark threads I want to revisit, sometimes because it was a great post that has generated an interesting discussion, sometimes because I want to see the advice in an AskMe, and very often because I am enjoying a train wreck and don't want to miss a gory detail. But it isn't voting.
posted by LarryC at 7:30 AM on August 12, 2006


++++++++++++++5! NAKED PETRIFIED NATALIE PORTMAN!!11!!1!
posted by quonsar at 7:51 AM on August 12, 2006 [1 favorite]


I would certainly have wanted to mark down a few of the answers if I had the chance.

What, to preemptively remove them from your favorites list before they are on it? That makes no sense at all.

+ adds a post/response to your favorites list
- would therefore, logically, remove it

So - would have no meaning except after +. And if you wanted to add something and then immediately remove it, you could just not add it to your favorites to begin with, no?

In any case, there's already a way to remove things from your favorites list.
posted by kindall at 7:58 AM on August 12, 2006


Favorites aren't ratings, and if you want to mark something down, go to Slashdot or Digg.
posted by SenshiNeko at 8:07 AM on August 12, 2006


mark down?? This isnt slashdot as others have said.

I fav'ed a comment in that thread because it was outrageous and made me laugh and I want to show it to someone else later. I also thought it was bad advice. My fav wasnt an endorsement.
posted by vacapinta at 8:47 AM on August 12, 2006


A+++++ WOULD FAVE AGAIN.
posted by exlotuseater at 9:43 AM on August 12, 2006 [1 favorite]


I regularly fave the remarkably stupid, inane or incomprehensible.
posted by signal at 9:46 AM on August 12, 2006 [1 favorite]


That explains why I've been faved as much as I have.
posted by Eideteker at 10:03 AM on August 12, 2006


Your favourite team opinion sucks.
posted by dflemingdotorg at 11:25 AM on August 12, 2006


This sort of question is going to come up over and over again, because favorites are called "favorites" and denoted with a plus sign. It's not surprising that people understand this as a voting mechanism, rather than just meaning "noteworthy". Removing the number after the + could help- do we need to know in thread how many users "marked as favorite" when just indicating it was marked at all means anyone who keeps track can investigate further?
posted by oneirodynia at 12:29 PM on August 12, 2006 [1 favorite]



YOUR A MORAN OP

A symbol unassociated with the duggalos/slashtards might be a good replacement for "+". Maybe something like one of these: ∫ ƒ ◊. Though those might show up as useless boxes on people with uncultured windows installs.

I think it's a great way to keep track of things you want to go back to, and also as a terrific means to snark (which is awesome)
posted by blasdelf at 1:26 PM on August 12, 2006 [1 favorite]


I agree with oneirodynia. I know what the "favorite" feature is used for, and I know it's not a "ditto" feature, but when I'm reading a thread, I still tend to parse it as a "ditto" feature.

(There! I combined two MeTa threads into one.)
posted by occhiblu at 1:27 PM on August 12, 2006


Just add a "Mark as Worst Answer" link. To, y'know, shame people.
posted by evil holiday magic at 3:26 PM on August 12, 2006


Effigy2000 gets a no-prize from me for being the first good belly laugh I've had all day.

Implementation of the -fave button would cause me to perpetually assume whatever I say's gonna get downvoted so I'd just leave. It's one of the reasons I rarely post anything over there anymore. Half of what I put there was deleted because people downvoted it. I'm proud of what's left, but I'm also proud of what can't be seen. I love all my babies. =)

Trust me. Downvoting is a bad idea. But good on ya for suggesting it, Salmacis! Thumbs up!
posted by ZachsMind at 9:24 PM on August 12, 2006


Flag it.
posted by russilwvong at 10:32 PM on August 12, 2006





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posted by StrasbourgSecaucus at 6:32 AM on August 13, 2006


Well played, Strasbourg, well played.
posted by UKnowForKids at 9:19 AM on August 13, 2006


This is the beginning of the end, gentlemen
posted by blacklite at 9:53 PM on August 13, 2006


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