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Possible to see members whose comments/FPPs you have favorited, who have themselves favorited one or more of your comments/FPPs?
posted by davejay to Feature Requests at 2:32 PM (50 comments total)

Noticed someone had recently favorited more than one of my recent comments, and got curious as to whether I found their comments interesting as well...but didn't want to slog through hundreds of posts to find out.

So, curious: is there already a means by which I can see people whom I've favorited, who have also favorited me? If not, does that resonate with anyone other than myself as a useful (or at least interesting) feature?
posted by davejay at 2:34 PM on July 9, 2007


Sounds kinda circle-jerkish, doesn't it?
posted by puke & cry at 2:46 PM on July 9, 2007


Sounds kinda circle-jerkish, doesn't it?
Did you intend that to sound like a bad thing?
posted by It's Raining Florence Henderson at 2:49 PM on July 9, 2007


puke and cry: we're tied at the moment. Throw down.
posted by Burhanistan at 2:55 PM on July 9, 2007


Don't feel bad. About 500 of those are me favoriting myself. There was a time when I was trying to get my favorites and favorited by others both to 666 but it ended up being too big a pain in the ass to deal with.
posted by puke & cry at 2:58 PM on July 9, 2007


Sounds kinda circle-jerkish, doesn't it?

Granted; then again, if you find the comments/FPPs of a person interesting, and they find your comments/FPPs interesting, it does suggest that you might have something in common -- and what's wrong with that? Certainly I'll be more likely to attend a local meetup if I know I have something (other than MeFi itself) in common with a few folks...
posted by davejay at 2:59 PM on July 9, 2007


Total circle jerk. No way.
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 3:08 PM on July 9, 2007 [2 favorites]


One nice (but, I get the feeling, underused) feature of the mefi profiles is tracking contact activity. If you add someone as a contact, some of their activity—posts, comments, favorites—will show up in your "usercontacts" page, accessible from the links in the contacts bit of the profile:

Links to: x users
Linked by: y users


Here's mine, for example—and looking at that reminds me that I don't really use the contact feature as much as I could for this sort of thing.
posted by cortex (staff) at 3:09 PM on July 9, 2007


To whomever it is that is freely rummaging through my pockets: Please stop. Not on the first date. Thanks.
posted by loquacious at 3:47 PM on July 9, 2007


Total circle jerk. No way.

I'm curious about the circle-jerk contingent: what are you afraid will happen if I have easier access to information that I have access to anyway, if I take the time to slog through it?

Seriously, I'm asking.
posted by davejay at 4:11 PM on July 9, 2007


Well, there's the argument that by giving people easy access to the data, we'll consequently make it easier for people to act on/comment about/call out/self-report that data.
posted by cortex (staff) at 4:18 PM on July 9, 2007


I imagine that making it easier for people to access that kind of thing would increase the occurrence of tit-for-tat favoriting and me-too-isms. I figure there's too much emphasis on favoriting as it is.
posted by puke & cry at 4:19 PM on July 9, 2007


Or what cortex said.
posted by puke & cry at 4:20 PM on July 9, 2007


About 500 of those are me favoriting myself.

Wow. Seriously? I'm pretty sure that's the definition of the word 'lame.'
posted by Dave Faris at 4:28 PM on July 9, 2007


HOLY CRAP! THE ELUSIVE "DICTIONARY ZING"!

BINGO!
posted by fishfucker at 4:33 PM on July 9, 2007 [2 favorites]


jonson pays me $5 for every time I favorite him. Is that high or low according to the jonson pay per click sale scale?
posted by madamjujujive at 4:50 PM on July 9, 2007 [2 favorites]


I'm more partial to the Mongolian clusterfuck, myself.
posted by Meatbomb at 4:52 PM on July 9, 2007


I have looked for the I-a-likey-you/you-a-likey-me connections before, but to institutionalize them would contribute overly to the cult of personality here in a pointless and potentially clique-defining way.
posted by Ambrosia Voyeur at 4:58 PM on July 9, 2007 [1 favorite]


I'm curious about the circle-jerk contingent: what are you afraid will happen if I have easier access to information that I have access to anyway, if I take the time to slog through it?

Metafilter is not a social networking site. If you want to feel the love or hate of random strangers, head on over to Consumating. I tried it and it was gross.

On preview, Ambrosia's got it right (you are smoking today! First the wedding toast thread and now this. OMG WE LOVE EACH OTHER! See, davejay, it's that easy).
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 5:22 PM on July 9, 2007 [1 favorite]


I guess I don't get the concern over the social aspect of it as a nightmare, because I'm not an online touchy-feely type; I find the connections interesting, and would want to know if any agreeable folks were showing up for a local meetup, but that's pretty much it. The idea of calling people out or forming cliques based on favoriting just seem so...I dunno, ODD to me.

Perhaps I need to spend more time (which is to say "any time at all") on MySpace, et al to find out why this scares/disgusts so many people...
posted by davejay at 5:26 PM on July 9, 2007


jonson pays me $5 for every time I favorite him. Is that high or low according to the jonson pay per click sale scale?

uh, make that USED to pay you $5. Way to let the cat out of the bag. PS, the rest of you on the payroll, remember clause 17B, any mention of the compensation is grounds for immediate termination. Welcome back to your penurious existence, jujujive!!!!!
posted by jonson at 5:31 PM on July 9, 2007 [1 favorite]


who have themselves favorited one or more of your comments/FPPs?

This seems like it would put a heavier load on the server. Plus the circle jerk aspect, compounded with Mefi's LOVE of circle jerks makes it sound like a bad idea.

You personally might not do this, but that awful stain called humanity will abuse this feature just like they abused Paris Hilton.
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 5:38 PM on July 9, 2007


I'm more partial to the Mongolian clusterfuck, myself.

There's a Himalayan cuisine buffet here that serves that. Delicious.
posted by Burhanistan at 6:14 PM on July 9, 2007


I pay jonson $5 every time I favorite him. It's a small scale art subsidy.
posted by Kwine at 6:17 PM on July 9, 2007


I pay me $5 every time I favorite myself.
posted by The Deej at 6:50 PM on July 9, 2007


" [I] Noticed someone had recently favorited more than one of my recent comments, and got curious as to whether I found their comments interesting as well...but didn't want to slog through hundreds of posts to find out."

Don't favorite hundreds of posts. If you're using favorites as bookmarks and it's too much to slog through, then it's not an effective bookmarking system. And if you're using them as favorites, then you shouldn't have so damn many or it makes the term "favorite" nearly useless. You never ask someone what their favorite 500 colors are, or their favorite 500 foods.

I mean, you're totally free to favorite as many things as you want, but don't complain when it doesn't work.
posted by Eideteker at 7:13 PM on July 9, 2007


I had to kill a little time while waiting for a server security issue to be settled, so I wrote a little shell script to do this for myself. Interesting results*.

I won't share the script, so don't panic. I might** turn it into something for projects, though, to gather favorite-based connections between people and make a big (anonymous!) chart or something.

*not without pinging Matt re: server load, throttling the script, and/or "don't you dare, you scripting bastard."

**Those of you who favorited me more than 10 times this year will be receiving a small token of appreciation.
posted by davejay at 7:15 PM on July 9, 2007


I mean, you're totally free to favorite as many things as you want, but don't complain when it doesn't work.

Fair enough, but I actually use it to generate reading material. After enough time passes, I can go back to my older favorites when I'm bored and pull up interesting threads and comments. Kind of like keeping old books around even after you've read them, because they're your...um...favorites.
posted by davejay at 7:17 PM on July 9, 2007


Argh, got those two footnote notations in the wrong order.
posted by davejay at 7:17 PM on July 9, 2007


That's a perfectly cromulent use, I suppose. I'm so busy being a codger these days, I forget what free time was like. ;)
posted by Eideteker at 7:58 PM on July 9, 2007


Don't favorite hundreds of posts. If you're using favorites as bookmarks and it's too much to slog through, then it's not an effective bookmarking system.

I don't favorite a lot, but when I do, it's rarely for ME. It's for the writer. It's my way of saying "I liked that!" to the writer, without adding noise to the thread. I don't care if *I* see it again, but I want them to see it.

Dude. Cromulent.
posted by The Deej at 8:21 PM on July 9, 2007


Favorites are useful are useful to gauge one's value as a poster.

My overall goal is a 1:1 post-to-favorite ratio, and while I'm well short, I think it's a good objective.
posted by Mr. President Dr. Steve Elvis America at 9:24 PM on July 9, 2007


My overall goal is a 1:1 post-to-favorite ratio, and while I'm well short, I think it's a good objective.

Unobjectionable. But then, this:

Favorites: none
Favorited by others: 320


makes it evident that you don't hold your fellow posters in very high esteem.
posted by felix betachat at 11:17 PM on July 9, 2007


No, no, that's not it. I just don't vote.

I never have. It doesn't really have anything to do with my intellectual evaluation of the merits of various democratic systems; I just can't bring myself to vote.
posted by Mr. President Dr. Steve Elvis America at 11:42 PM on July 9, 2007


Consider this a formal request for somebody to start paying me for something.
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken at 12:45 AM on July 10, 2007


Mr. President:

Voting determines an outcome. (Unless the Supreme Court does, amirite?)

No outcome is necessarily up for determination here at Metafilter, ergo, favoriting isn't voting.

So, favoriting is not the exclusive indicator of value.

And, if you really want to curry the favor of the faceless throng to the tune of one pip per utterance, make more FPPs and less mealy-mouthed explications of your apathy regarding the community value of your own acknowledgments of the worth of others.

I usually like you, but one-way streets are ego trips.
posted by Ambrosia Voyeur at 1:44 AM on July 10, 2007


Oh, hi, Ambrosia Voyeur.

Go fuck yourself.
posted by Mr. President Dr. Steve Elvis America at 1:52 AM on July 10, 2007


Favorites are useful are useful to gauge one's value as a poster.

Not really.
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 3:47 AM on July 10, 2007


My overall goal is a 1:1 post-to-favorite ratio, and while I'm well short, I think it's a good objective.

Dude, your current total of posts is zero - you do comment a lot though.

Thanks for contributing Mr President.
posted by Samuel Farrow at 3:53 AM on July 10, 2007


My overall goal is a 1:1 post-to-favorite ratio, and while I'm well short, I think it's a good objective.

My goal is self-actualization, and eventually nibbana. But hey, dream that dream Mr Dr President.
posted by Meatbomb at 4:12 AM on July 10, 2007


nibbana?

Is that something to do with reinkarnation?
posted by patricio at 5:16 AM on July 10, 2007


Damn it all to hell!!! My life's goal has been to have President Steve favorite one of my comments! I have been dancing like a monkeyboy, tossing out witty bon-mots, risking deletion, making a fool of myself, all for one reason: please please PLEASE favorite one of my posts, President Steve! Think of what a service it would be to the community. Once you favorite me, I might just stop posting!
posted by The Deej at 6:36 AM on July 10, 2007


"I'm curious about the circle-jerk contingent."

Me too!
posted by nthdegx at 8:21 AM on July 10, 2007


Metafilter: I need to spend more time on MySpace.
posted by LordSludge at 9:29 AM on July 10, 2007


Wasn't this covered in the dating.metafilter.com thread?
posted by LordSludge at 9:36 AM on July 10, 2007


My overall goal is a 1:1 post-to-favorite ratio, and while I'm well short, I think it's a good objective.

My goal is to die with the most toys.

Because he who dies with the most toys, wins.
posted by jason's_planet at 9:45 AM on July 10, 2007


I think you misread the bumper sticker, jason's_planet. It says: "He who wins the most toys, DIES." It's a tricksy one.
posted by cgc373 at 9:57 AM on July 10, 2007


And what`s so bad about a circlejerk or two? Jeez, y'd think nobody on Mefi ran track in high school.
posted by robocop is bleeding at 11:05 AM on July 10, 2007


I try to favorite others more than I am favorited. Just raised that way I guess.
posted by vronsky at 11:14 AM on July 10, 2007 [1 favorite]


I ran the projectors in high school, does that count?

Actually it was mostly VCRs by then.
posted by cortex (staff) at 11:16 AM on July 10, 2007


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