Adding Favorites January 25, 2007 11:37 AM   Subscribe

This is the thread where we say that the "add favorites from page" icon being tested rocks.
posted by koeselitz to Bugs at 11:37 AM (75 comments total) 7 users marked this as a favorite

Really, it's very cool. And it seems to be site-wide!
posted by koeselitz at 11:37 AM on January 25, 2007


what'cha talking 'bout?
posted by micayetoca at 11:40 AM on January 25, 2007


Not a bug!
posted by and hosted from Uranus at 11:43 AM on January 25, 2007


I like it I like it I like it A LOT! WOO HOO LOVE IT!
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 11:44 AM on January 25, 2007 [1 favorite]


UGLY.
posted by dame at 11:45 AM on January 25, 2007


or alternately, this is the thread where I feel sheepish and silly for not noticing that we could add favorites from the front pages of mefi, ask, etc. before...
posted by koeselitz at 11:45 AM on January 25, 2007


We removed the brackets, because it is kind of crufty with them there. Now it's just a tiny plus sign next to the comments link.
posted by mathowie (staff) at 11:53 AM on January 25, 2007


IMHO, crufty beats inconsistent. Looks weird to me to have the brackets inside but not outside.
posted by amro at 11:58 AM on January 25, 2007


I like it, but it's ugly. Is it time to create a column for meta-info?
posted by onalark at 11:58 AM on January 25, 2007


Slightly less ugly.
posted by dame at 11:59 AM on January 25, 2007


It's not "ugly", it's just different. Your eyes will gloss over it in no time; it's one character.
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 12:03 PM on January 25, 2007 [1 favorite]


dame, got any actual suggestions? Or does matt have to play cold, warmer, warmer, hot to satisfy you?
posted by and hosted from Uranus at 12:03 PM on January 25, 2007 [1 favorite]


Your eyes will gloss over it in no time; it's one character.

I agree with ThePunkSuperhero.
posted by vacapinta at 12:06 PM on January 25, 2007


Now I'm wondering what it would look like in thread if there were no brackets. Hmmmm....
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 12:09 PM on January 25, 2007 [1 favorite]


Maybe put it before the number of comments? It's just kinda floating where it is. I dunno, it's just eye-catching.
posted by muddgirl at 12:10 PM on January 25, 2007


Well, it's better without the brackets.
posted by muddgirl at 12:10 PM on January 25, 2007


Yes. My actual suggestion is to just leave shit alone. But no one ever listens. And I noticed it as soon as I reloaded, and I'm pretty sure I will. But TPS, it is really hard to argue with you here and on IM at the same time.
posted by dame at 12:11 PM on January 25, 2007


Mwa ha ha, my plan to confuse you is working.
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 12:13 PM on January 25, 2007 [1 favorite]


That is not hard. Set better goals.
posted by dame at 12:23 PM on January 25, 2007


You know what I wouldn't miss if we got rid of it? The (# New) Count on the front page next to each thread. I don't use them (does anyone?), they don't seem to update as quickly as the threads do, and with the + to the right of them, the + does look a little out there on it's own. The front page would probably look cleaner without them.
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 12:23 PM on January 25, 2007 [1 favorite]


Hey! That's the only cruft I use. (Other than checking my favorites count for self-esteem purposes.)
posted by dame at 12:28 PM on January 25, 2007 [3 favorites]


Hmm, I suppose it is helpful to have some sort of visual ding letting you know that the thread has some new comments....
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 12:33 PM on January 25, 2007 [1 favorite]


I use the (# new) as well, though not as much as I used to as my dependence on My Comments has gone from affectionate to crippling.
posted by cortex at 12:35 PM on January 25, 2007 [1 favorite]


I wouldn't mind seeing the "Post new comment" text that appears for posts with 0 comments go away. It's just two links to the same thread as far as I can tell.
posted by Rhomboid at 12:36 PM on January 25, 2007


I agree with TPS re: # new count.

TPS is also probably right about the "one character" point, and about getting used to it. So while I fully acknowledge that it might just be because I have a hard time adjusting to new things, I noticed the "+" right away, and didn't like it. As an alternative, how about... um... a little heart.
posted by ibmcginty at 12:38 PM on January 25, 2007




Hmm, I suppose it is helpful to have some sort of visual ding letting you know that the thread has some new comments....


It's not just the visual. Clicking on it takes you to the anchor for the first "new" comment (so you don't have to scroll past stuff you've already read).
posted by juv3nal at 12:39 PM on January 25, 2007


Awwww, a little heart! I would like that a lot. I'm sure I'm the only one, though.
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 12:44 PM on January 25, 2007 [1 favorite]


and hosted from Uranus!: "Not a bug!"

"Bugs" is clearly the default category because our head curmudgeon, exhausted after years of slaving in his basement in the sway of millions of blue-screened losers, feels as though Metafilter itself is a bug.
posted by koeselitz at 12:46 PM on January 25, 2007



posted by ibmcginty at 12:49 PM on January 25, 2007 [1 favorite]


The heart would be awesome! I'm really not so sure about this new symbol... it looks so awkward, hanging on the end all by itself.
posted by prostyle at 1:07 PM on January 25, 2007


Adding...
Adding...
Favorite added!


I think this is the tops.
posted by Terminal Verbosity at 1:12 PM on January 25, 2007


I don't like it, at least for askme. I think it just encourages people to jump to conclusions about how great a question might be, without going inside to find out it is actually pointless and rambling. Just sayin'.
posted by M.C. Lo-Carb! at 1:22 PM on January 25, 2007


I think it just encourages people to jump to conclusions about how great a question might be

FAVORITES AREN'T JUST FOR "FAVORITES". I don't know how many times people have to explain this. I'm not favoriting a question as a value judgement; I favorite so I can read the questions that sound interesting later, when I have the time.
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 1:27 PM on January 25, 2007 [1 favorite]


Thank you Matt!
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 1:38 PM on January 25, 2007


Yeah, and then she takes it off. And your self-esteem falls again. TPS is cruel.
posted by dame at 1:39 PM on January 25, 2007


I ♥ ♥
posted by grouse at 1:42 PM on January 25, 2007


Wait, who took what off now?

(You people are joking about the hearts, right?)
posted by and hosted from Uranus at 1:49 PM on January 25, 2007


dame is referring to the fact that I'll favorite posts to read later, and then unfavorite them when I'm done, thus destroying her fragile self-esteem and bringing me much laughter.
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 1:50 PM on January 25, 2007 [1 favorite]


But does the average reader really go back and unfavorite the ones which turned out to be less interesting than they had appeared in short form?
posted by M.C. Lo-Carb! at 1:54 PM on January 25, 2007


ThePinkSuperhero: "FAVORITES AREN'T JUST FOR "FAVORITES". I don't know how many times people have to explain this. I'm not favoriting a question as a value judgement; I favorite so I can read the questions that sound interesting later, when I have the time."

Which is why we often see

Dear AskMe: my dog just died a horrible death; he fell into a chasm while I was out walking him, and all I heard was "hwrOOOOO *splat*". Also, my grandmother has cancer, and my parents beat me mercilessly. I don't know if I can go on.
posted by ihatemyselfandiwanttodie to problemsthatcanonlyendinsuicide (23 comments total) [add to favorites] 47 users marked this as a favorite
posted by koeselitz at 1:57 PM on January 25, 2007


Every day I like you a little more, koeselitz. (TPS on the other hand . . . The cruelty knows no bounds.)
posted by dame at 2:01 PM on January 25, 2007


Hypothetical dilemma: a hoodie shows up on the swapmeet table...with "ThePinkSuperhero rules" stitched onto it. Deal or no deal?
posted by cortex at 2:02 PM on January 25, 2007


Ugly, an ugly mess.
posted by econous at 2:07 PM on January 25, 2007


But does the average reader really go back and unfavorite the ones which turned out to be less interesting than they had appeared in short form?

For me, it's not about unfavoriting uninteresting threads; I unfavorite them when I'm done reading them. They could have been very interesting, but when I'm done with them, out they go. I have often wondered if others unfavorite threads once they've read them; I'm inclined to believe they don't.
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 2:09 PM on January 25, 2007 [1 favorite]


Hypothetical dilemma: a hoodie shows up on the swapmeet table...with "ThePinkSuperhero rules" stitched onto it. Deal or no deal?

Why anyone would pass by such a treasure* is beyond me.

*Handmade by cortex, of course.
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 2:09 PM on January 25, 2007 [1 favorite]


Hypothetical dilemma: a hoodie shows up on the swapmeet table...with "ThePinkSuperhero rules" stitched onto it. Deal or no deal?

What color is the hoodie?
posted by dame at 2:12 PM on January 25, 2007


This is the comment where I waste time expressing disbelief that everyone is wasting time arguing about this, but I express my disbelief in an indirect fashion.
posted by Kwine at 2:13 PM on January 25, 2007


What color is the hoodie?

Like you have to ask!!!
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 2:15 PM on January 25, 2007 [1 favorite]


quonsar yellow
posted by cortex at 2:16 PM on January 25, 2007


I think a heart would pop out of the page too much.

What songs should I put on this mix tape? ♥
Should I break up with my car obsessed boyfriend? ♥
Could I outrun a bear in the woods if I was wearing birkenstocks? ♥

That seems too huggy for Metafilter. Maybe if they were empty hearts, which might have the side effect of highlighting our* general misanthropy.

I like the plus signs, tho.

* except TPS. Go, TPS!
posted by onlyconnect at 2:16 PM on January 25, 2007


Hmm. I guess I thought favoriting was aimed more at calling attention to especially good, perhaps universally interesting questions or FPPs and provide feedback to the OP. Do you favorite comments or answers so you can go back and read them again later?

Perhaps I am too new to metafilter to really understand this favorites concepts.

You may favorite this comment for later perusal, if you'd like.
posted by M.C. Lo-Carb! at 2:18 PM on January 25, 2007


I look terrible in yellow. So the choice is easy, Lucifer Beelzebub McDevilPants.
posted by dame at 2:18 PM on January 25, 2007


I mean, really. Five favorites? I don't even understand the question being asked in this one!
posted by M.C. Lo-Carb! at 2:21 PM on January 25, 2007


We've had the heart conversation before.
Conclusion: even if they weren't too cutesy, they are too ugly.
posted by team lowkey at 2:27 PM on January 25, 2007


I think the (# new comments) thing wouldn't stand out so much if instead of being white it appeared in a different shade of blue (in Mefi), green (in askMe) and so on.
posted by micayetoca at 2:42 PM on January 25, 2007


Hmm. I guess I thought favoriting was aimed more at calling attention to especially good, perhaps universally interesting questions or FPPs and provide feedback to the OP.
No; I believe favorites are first and foremost a way for users to track posts and comments. Though people joke about using them to bolster their self-esteem, this is not the primary purpose.

Do you favorite comments or answers so you can go back and read them again later?
Yes, I believe that's what I said.

I mean, really. Five favorites? I don't even understand the question being asked in this one!
Ok, I'm done casting my pearls here. You're on your own now, n00b.
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 2:58 PM on January 25, 2007 [1 favorite]


I'm pretty indifferent one way or another, as I'm sure I'll get used to it, but I keep seeing a * instead of a + and my brain keeps telling me that there is a footnote involved somewhere.

I've been reading Pratchett lately, so I'm seeing footnotes everywhere.
posted by quin at 3:22 PM on January 25, 2007


OK. This swine hereby acquiesces.
posted by M.C. Lo-Carb! at 3:24 PM on January 25, 2007


Matt - I don't remember if this has been covered before or not, but is there a reason why the option doesn't appear in "Recent Comments" view?
posted by yhbc at 3:24 PM on January 25, 2007


yhbc, it's just on the front page recent post tab for now.

I added it to the front page today because people asked for it, and especially since there is a My Favorites tab on the sites. So it works like this: you check the front page of mefi or ask mefi a couple times a day, you scan over stuff, then click + on the 5 or 6 things that look interesting. You pop open the My Favorites tab and check just those out. Later on, you check the tab again for new comments since you last read it, etc.

It's basically a way to let people mark stuff to save for later so it shows up in the My Favorites tab without having to go into every thread you want to track.

And yes, favorites also works as a way for people to save the best stuff on the site. It's sometimes a bookmark, sometimes a vote, and/or both at once.

It's a dessert and a floorpolish.
posted by mathowie (staff) at 3:35 PM on January 25, 2007


"My Comments" is the best invention since sliced bread.

Oh, and that plus sign on the front page is pretty nifty too.
posted by liquorice at 3:35 PM on January 25, 2007


Looking at the MeTa front page just now with tired, dry eyes and my contact lenses a bit shifty, it seemed like all the posts had best answers.

Aside from that, supernifty, and looks great to me. Thanks Matt!
posted by goodnewsfortheinsane at 3:39 PM on January 25, 2007


I fucking hate all of the plusses.
posted by MegoSteve at 3:45 PM on January 25, 2007


The Wookiee, as they say, is bent.
posted by blue_beetle at 3:48 PM on January 25, 2007


"You know what I wouldn't miss if we got rid of it? The (# New) Count on the front page next to each thread. I don't use them (does anyone?)"

You mean people don't use them? Because I use them all the freaking time.
posted by litlnemo at 3:54 PM on January 25, 2007


I fucking hate all of the plusses.

That's what Morissey said.
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken at 4:12 PM on January 25, 2007


You mean people don't use them? Because I use them all the freaking time.

Ditto. Of course, the link only takes you to the oldest new comment (if that makes sense) if your connection is fast enough to load the page quickly, otherwise it just opens at the top of the thread, so for people on dialup (they still exist?), it might seem a bit useless, expecially on long threads.
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken at 4:14 PM on January 25, 2007


It's a dessert and a floorpolish.

If you called them bookmarks, you wouldn't have to keep explaining this.
posted by timeistight at 4:28 PM on January 25, 2007


"My Comments" is the best invention since sliced bread.

How come it has other people's comments in it?
posted by timeistight at 4:30 PM on January 25, 2007


Because they're all mine. I own them now since I bought Mathowie off with a rotten mango and half a slice of georgia pie.
posted by liquorice at 5:09 PM on January 25, 2007


If you called them bookmarks, you wouldn't have to keep explaining this.

They're purposely vague. I don't want them to be just votes or just bookmarks. I've seen other communities go that route and they're limited in what they can do with the results.

I like that they're flexible enough to be used both ways, that was the whole point.
posted by mathowie (staff) at 5:52 PM on January 25, 2007


timeistight : If you called them bookmarks, you wouldn't have to keep explaining this.

If he called them bookmarks we wouldn't get to keep chatting about it, and that would be a shame as I do so love our conversations.
posted by quin at 5:53 PM on January 25, 2007


How come [My Comments] has other people's comments in it?

If you think that is inconsistent, I'm about to blow your mind. There are two links to My Comments, on the front page, and they go to different places!
The other My Comments..
posted by Chuckles at 6:03 PM on January 25, 2007


now #1 is gonna come and say they are purposely inconsistent, that he has seen other communities have all their "my comments" links take to the same place and that it was awfully boring.
posted by micayetoca at 6:45 PM on January 25, 2007


We removed the brackets, because it is kind of crufty with them there.

Nifty.
posted by hadjiboy at 9:11 PM on January 25, 2007


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