How many is too many? August 1, 2007 4:01 PM   Subscribe

I'm a little confused about the etiquette concerning favorites. I've had a few people tell me I favorite far too many comments, but I don't really see the harm in it. Is this something I should be worried about? Is there a compelling reason to curtail my willy-nilly favoriting?
posted by tehloki to Etiquette/Policy at 4:01 PM (158 comments total) 19 users marked this as a favorite

No. They should get over themselves. Use favorites however you like.
posted by LobsterMitten at 4:03 PM on August 1, 2007 [10 favorites]


You shouldn't ever worry about MetaFilter.

You do what you want.
posted by carsonb at 4:03 PM on August 1, 2007 [13 favorites]


(Anyway, I think you're about half of my favorites. Keep at it!)
posted by carsonb at 4:06 PM on August 1, 2007 [8 favorites]


Favorite whatever the hell you want. Especially this comment.

Although, frankly, 6500+ favorites is an awful lot.
posted by dersins at 4:08 PM on August 1, 2007 [10 favorites]


Wow. Folks gave me a hard time about by 400+ favorites being too much.

I feel better now. AND YOU'RE A FAVORITE ADDICT!
posted by davejay at 4:11 PM on August 1, 2007 [4 favorites]


that should have been "my 400+ favorites", but I have a cold. Apparently.
posted by davejay at 4:11 PM on August 1, 2007 [5 favorites]


No harm, no foul. I am curious though as to why you have the amount of favorites that you do. Do you favorite so that you can find a particular comment again easily? If so, then having a lot of favorites is not such a good idea. Do you use it as sign to the commenter that you like what they said? Then favorite away!
posted by tellurian at 4:17 PM on August 1, 2007 [4 favorites]


There is no etiquette. Different folks use 'em in different ways, which is fine; some folks have strong feelings about how they should be used, what they should be called, how and if they should be displayed, etc, which is also fine, but no one should be giving anyone any shit for using the favorites, regardless.

You're a wacky outlier, but there's nothing wrong with that.
posted by cortex (staff) at 4:19 PM on August 1, 2007 [4 favorites]


Stop favoriting things. You're using up the internet.
posted by found missing at 4:24 PM on August 1, 2007 [18 favorites]


I too am interested to know what you use favorites for.
posted by 0xFCAF at 4:25 PM on August 1, 2007 [3 favorites]


So long as you're favouriting me, I have no problem with you and everyone else here doing the same thing.
posted by liquorice at 4:28 PM on August 1, 2007 [3 favorites]


I use 'em to remind myself of things that I'd like to read again but never actually get around to.
posted by klangklangston at 4:31 PM on August 1, 2007 [4 favorites]


Wait - you're favoriting everybody? I thought we had something special...
posted by It's Raining Florence Henderson at 4:32 PM on August 1, 2007 [7 favorites]


OH MY GOD!! HIM TOO? WHO ELSE ARE YOU FAVORITING, YOU WHORE!?
posted by loquacious at 4:34 PM on August 1, 2007 [7 favorites]


This is not something you should be worried about. Everything is fine, you're fine.
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 4:43 PM on August 1, 2007 [5 favorites]


It's cool, it's all cool, things are cool.
posted by Bugbread at 4:46 PM on August 1, 2007 [4 favorites]


I think that someone like you, with a lot of favorites, is better than someone who collects them and doesn't return the favor.

I favorite for lots of reasons, but I think I do it more for stuff I want to come back to than for stuff that makes me laugh. But whatever.
posted by ninjew at 4:48 PM on August 1, 2007 [3 favorites]


I think it's not a problem, tehloki. It's just that some people use favorites to mean "postive feedback". Some people will forget about a comment that says "great post" and will instead feel more comforted by a steadily increasing number. I like my little slowly rising number...you...give my number...less meaning...why! Why must you betray me!

(Seriously, it's okay.)
posted by StrikeTheViol at 4:55 PM on August 1, 2007 [3 favorites]


Some people use favorites to mean "I agree!" or "That was particularly witty." Other people use them to remind themselves to come back to certain comments because they contain useful information, or to certain threads to see how they turn out. Go ahead and use them however your little heart desires.

(+4 sumblime)
posted by The corpse in the library at 4:57 PM on August 1, 2007 [4 favorites]


I've had a few people tell me I favorite far too many comments

Folks gave me a hard time about by 400+ favorites being too much

Who are these people and folks? You're getting, what - phone calls? Emails? Smoke signals? Random strangers stopping you guys in the street?
posted by iconomy at 4:59 PM on August 1, 2007 [6 favorites]


tehloki's favorites page is like a distilled version of Metafilter. I might just use it as my homepage.
posted by found missing at 5:00 PM on August 1, 2007 [5 favorites]


I promise to favorite the inevitable "WTF! tehloki is favoriting way too many things" metatalk post. C'mon. You know you want to do it.
posted by Gary at 5:11 PM on August 1, 2007 [3 favorites]


WTF! tehloki is favoriting way too many things!
posted by iamkimiam at 5:25 PM on August 1, 2007 [6 favorites]


Holy Shit, you even favorited me.

Yeah, I think you favorite too much.
posted by Slarty Bartfast at 5:25 PM on August 1, 2007 [3 favorites]


You're enjoying things too much, tehloki. I think you're missing the point of MetaFilter.

(Actually, I was starting to feel a little self-conscious about my favouriting. Thanks for alleviating my very, very, extremely minor distress. And: keep on favouriting!)
posted by The Great Big Mulp at 5:29 PM on August 1, 2007 [3 favorites]


(You're making the internet a better non-corporeal place!)
posted by The Great Big Mulp at 5:30 PM on August 1, 2007 [3 favorites]


You know who else had too many favorite things? That's right: Maria von Trapp. Until the Nazis got to her.
posted by It's Raining Florence Henderson at 5:32 PM on August 1, 2007 [44 favorites]


Without you, where would I get my internet validation fix?
posted by casarkos at 5:36 PM on August 1, 2007 [3 favorites]


So these people, they actually care enough about your profile to tell you that you favorite too many things?

If I were you, once this guy succeeds at developing a device to stab people in the face over the internet, I'd sign up. Cut them pryin' eyes up real pretty, I would.
posted by invitapriore at 5:38 PM on August 1, 2007 [3 favorites]


When is it ever wrong to show the love?
posted by nola at 5:42 PM on August 1, 2007 [3 favorites]


When you're standing in front of the playground.
posted by It's Raining Florence Henderson at 5:44 PM on August 1, 2007 [6 favorites]


I think that someone like you, with a lot of favorites, is better than someone who collects them and doesn't return the favor.

Even this is an unnecessary value judgment—there is no favor to be returned. Folks who use a lot of favorites are not granting favors, they're just using the favorites functionality.
posted by cortex (staff) at 5:45 PM on August 1, 2007 [4 favorites]


Is this something I'd have to be favorited for to understand?
posted by The Deej at 5:46 PM on August 1, 2007 [3 favorites]


Everyone around, favorite them, favorite them
Put it in your hands, favorite them, favorite them
There's no time to cry, happy, happy
Put it in your favorites where all of Metafilter shines
Posts and comments shine

Shiny happy favorites holding hands
posted by Kwine at 5:48 PM on August 1, 2007 [3 favorites]


Look, I know we've been having some fun recently, tehloki, but I'm not quite sure I'm comfortable taking that step right now. I've favorited some fair amount in the past -- some I regret, some I kind of remember fondly. I'm sure you have too. I'm just not ready to discuss my favoriting history with you.

Please don't take any offense. I hope this doesn't come between us.
posted by Ufez Jones at 5:50 PM on August 1, 2007 [3 favorites]


You've favorited some posts and comments of mine, so of course I think you're doing a wonderful job!
posted by amyms at 5:50 PM on August 1, 2007 [3 favorites]


How can I get your occupation?
posted by baphomet at 5:53 PM on August 1, 2007 [3 favorites]


Just don't go favoriting yourself--it's kind of tacky.
posted by turaho at 5:54 PM on August 1, 2007 [6 favorites]


Tell us you have no WMDs.
posted by It's Raining Florence Henderson at 5:54 PM on August 1, 2007 [3 favorites]


What? You mean you're NOT supposed to favorite every comment in a thread?!?
posted by wfrgms at 5:56 PM on August 1, 2007 [3 favorites]


Well, the more you do it, the more you cheapen the act. On the other hand, if it gives you a thrill, more power to you. Who cares if everyone thinks you're easy. As long as you use protection, where's the harm?
posted by Dave Faris at 6:02 PM on August 1, 2007 [4 favorites]


The reason I favorite so many comments is that I frequent boards with comment moderation (digg, sensibleerection, etc), so I'm used to moderating a rather high percentage of the comments in a given thread. Unfortunately, the only option for comment moderation on mefi is the favorite.

I'll favorite a comment when:
-Somebody expresses an idea or viewpoint that I share in an eloquent or interesting manner
-Somebody makes a comment I really enjoy
-Somebody says something really hilarious
-Somebody makes a comment that already has a lot of favorites (I like to jump on the bandwagon)

Sometimes I find myself favoriting a comment so that other people will be more likely to read it, because I find it to be insightful or noteworthy. Sometimes I think that unfavorited comments get skimmed over a lot more often :P
posted by tehloki at 6:04 PM on August 1, 2007 [7 favorites]


You've never favorited me. Meanie.
posted by desuetude at 6:05 PM on August 1, 2007 [5 favorites]


6,500 favourites?!?!?

I thought you found me special, above all the others. Now, I realise you're just a favouriteslut! You've been spreading your favours far & wide, without discrimination!! You'll just click that mouse of yours at the merest glimpse of an opportunity!!! You don't even care about me!!! You don't even *care*!!!!

*cries*
posted by UbuRoivas at 6:14 PM on August 1, 2007 [5 favorites]


If you start going blind I'd suggest favoriting a little less.
posted by AwkwardPause at 6:20 PM on August 1, 2007 [3 favorites]


It'd actually be interesting to see some stats on this sort of thing.

Here's my quick analysis of myself:

Total posts (all subsites): 29
Total comments: 2912
Post:Comment ratio: 1%

Favourites: 430
Favourited by others: 427
Favourites:Favourited ratio: 100%

Total activity (posts+comments): 2941
Favourited by others:Total activity ratio: 15%

Subsite usage breakdown:
Blue: 74%
Grey: 11%
Green: 15%
posted by UbuRoivas at 6:30 PM on August 1, 2007 [4 favorites]


What, do you think favorites grow on trees?

Actually, where do favorites grow?
posted by dirigibleman at 6:31 PM on August 1, 2007 [4 favorites]


Afghanistan.
posted by It's Raining Florence Henderson at 6:33 PM on August 1, 2007 [3 favorites]


Given the number of times you've favorited me, I can only guess that your taste is impeccable, and that we'd all favorite as you do if only we weren't so miserly. Obviously, the problem isn't you, tehloki -- it's them. Lead by example, I say!

(I'd actually favorite more stuff if it weren't that for some reason my work browser won't let me. I think it's got something to do with the way it's configured, but I'm hesitant to fuck around with it too much since it's, you know, my work browser.)
posted by kittens for breakfast at 6:34 PM on August 1, 2007 [3 favorites]


As a Canadian, I am above your petty system of favorites. *I* have favourites.
posted by orange swan at 6:44 PM on August 1, 2007 [9 favorites]


And when orange swan decides to favo you, orange swan is going to favo u rite.
posted by cortex (staff) at 6:59 PM on August 1, 2007 [6 favorites]


Marking favorites is like masturbation - everyone does it, it's perfectly healthy to do it as much as you want.

Until it starts to hurt - then you need to take a little break.
posted by SassHat at 7:02 PM on August 1, 2007 [3 favorites]


For a long time now I thought you had favorited a number of my comments because, you know, you liked what I had to say. Thought I was special. Maybe even, you know, kinda sorta liked me. After you favorited my most recent snark in the creepy-bloody-computer-punching thread, well, I thought, now's the time to drop you a personal email to tell you how warm and special and just, well, appreciated you make me feel.

Now I find out that you've been so..so..indiscriminate with your favoriting.

And I feel like an idiot. A complete loser.

(small, muffled sob)
posted by googly at 7:11 PM on August 1, 2007 [5 favorites]


If I see that a comment of mine got exactly one favorite, chances are it's either ColdChef or tehloki. And then I can almost always guess which one it is.

Good lord, no; keep the favorites coming. ColdChef isn't going to hang around this dump forever, you know.
posted by yhbc at 7:18 PM on August 1, 2007 [6 favorites]


Favorites are like sex: the cheaper and tawdrier the better.
posted by George_Spiggott at 7:29 PM on August 1, 2007 [4 favorites]


What comment has the most favorites? Is there a way to view that? (I know favorites are not a referendum on quality necessarily and it is not a competition, but I'm curious).
posted by Falconetti at 7:36 PM on August 1, 2007 [4 favorites]


I think it's the Woz comment, but I'm too lazy to look.
posted by Kwine at 7:42 PM on August 1, 2007 [3 favorites]


*favorites everything in this thread, just to be a smartass*

You people can't keep us down! Viva la favorite!
posted by Many bubbles at 7:50 PM on August 1, 2007 [2 favorites]


I need more favorites so I'm posting this otherwise pointless comment in the hope of garnering that precious little click. Unless I'm too late to catch the gravy train?
posted by Quietgal at 8:02 PM on August 1, 2007 [6 favorites]


I frickin loved this thread. I might even say, it's my FAVORITE.
posted by nkknkk at 8:07 PM on August 1, 2007 [2 favorites]


my favorite
posted by milquetoast at 8:24 PM on August 1, 2007 [2 favorites]


Well, I was finished, but I guess one more couldn't hurt...

*+favs*
posted by Many bubbles at 8:26 PM on August 1, 2007 [2 favorites]


Because the favourites system was not only spelled incorrectly but named wrongly right from the start, you are fine - they aren't favourites, they are bookmarks. "Favorites" in this context is just an unusual spelling of "bookmarks" peculiar to a dialect spoken only by a small group of Internerds that reside in Oregon.
posted by dg at 8:27 PM on August 1, 2007 [3 favorites]


On the subject of favorites, someday a pony that could sort them for me by user would be neat. I would love to know who finds me most hilarious. That's not over the clique-creating line, is it?
posted by Ambrosia Voyeur at 8:31 PM on August 1, 2007 [3 favorites]


By the way,

Raindrops on roses, whiskers on kittens, bright copper kettles, warm woolen mittens, brown paper packages tied up with strings, cream colored ponies, crisp apple streudels, doorbells and sleigh bells, schnitzel with noodles, wild geese that fly with the moon on their wings, girls in white dresses with blue and silver white winters that melt into springs, ftw AMIRITE?
posted by Ambrosia Voyeur at 8:35 PM on August 1, 2007 [3 favorites]


Well said, googly... pass the tissue, will ya?

I have a theory that [+] has reduced the number of Contacts people link to now, Faves being a quick and easy way for folks to show fleeting fancy for one another, appealing to our godless society's fickle, one night stand mentality as opposed to the latter's heavy commitment and implicit personal endorsement.

I have another theory about how if you could condition giraffes to crave the taste of blood and fashion armor for them out of modified stovepipes, you could probably conquer the world in four to eight business days, but that's really not applicable to this MeTa.
posted by Alvy Ampersand at 8:36 PM on August 1, 2007 [3 favorites]


Pay no attention to the creeps who give you a hard time, tehloki. In fact, you should call them out by name — they deserve all the ridicule in the world for doing something so stupidly inane.
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 8:38 PM on August 1, 2007 [3 favorites]


turaho said: Just don't go favoriting yourself--it's kind of tacky.

Only if you don't wash your hands afters.
posted by dejah420 at 8:43 PM on August 1, 2007 [2 favorites]


Is there a compelling reason to curtail my willy-nilly favoriting?

Scarcity. Just ask the communists.
posted by blue_beetle at 8:58 PM on August 1, 2007 [2 favorites]


I think you're super awesome and you should give me a favorite for this comment.

No, really, you're cool. I know that sounds sarcastic but it's not meant to be.

You rock! Please favorite this. really.
posted by spikeleemajortomdickandharryconnickjrmints at 8:59 PM on August 1, 2007 [3 favorites]


I had no idea I had personally evoked so much emotion on both sides of the spectrum with my widespread favoriting! I'm a monster! AAAAAAAAAHHHHH
posted by tehloki at 9:15 PM on August 1, 2007 [2 favorites]


Oh, come now, tehloki, you are not a monster.

You are a troll.
posted by The Deej at 9:17 PM on August 1, 2007 [3 favorites]


tehloki, I take great pleasure in seeing you in my favorites. You tend to mark the comments of mine that I enjoyed the most, and it brings me joy to know that I'm not the only one out there that finds me interesting.

In fact, over the past month, I've actually been trying to follow your example and favorite many more of the wonderful comments that I read. Normally I would nod, or chuckle and move on, now I try to make sure I'm letting them know that I appreciated what they wrote.

So don't think of yourself as strange, or that you are doing something wrong. Think of yourself as a trailblazer.
posted by quin at 9:23 PM on August 1, 2007 [3 favorites]


Thanks for stepping up, dg. I was just thinking that it was about that time.
posted by Kwine at 9:26 PM on August 1, 2007 [2 favorites]


Don't listen to Deej, he is an enemy infiltrator trying to confuse you and, if possible, taste your sweet, sweet eye juices.

And there is nothing wrong with being a monster. Hell, they called me a 'monster' after I decapitated all those people and replaced their heads with sunflowers.

And that was a performance piece that I was particularly proud of.

I called it "Who's laughing now Mr. Sunflower Face?"
posted by quin at 9:30 PM on August 1, 2007 [4 favorites]


Due to tragic and unforeseen copy/paste difficulties, both of the above links point to my prior comment, when the first was intended to point to dg's comment above. I apologize, and it is my sincere hope that this small blemish on an otherwise stellar record will not deter MeFites from continuing to read and favorite Kwine-brand comments in the future. We thank you for your business.
posted by Kwine at 9:31 PM on August 1, 2007 [1 favorite]


It's kind of upsetting that most of my favourited comments come from these type of threads which lament the misuse of the favouriting system.

Oh, well, favourites for everyone!
posted by liquorice at 9:31 PM on August 1, 2007 [1 favorite]


the big bad bison, thunderstorm and a man like Tyson, popcorn, peanuts, lookin' at big butts, rockin' to the beat of the fabulous forum, my Lakers, do the dog with Isabella, Robert Williams, Mark Twain, Truman Copote, Bukowski, my tattoo, mother, Billy sings and Basie swings, AMIRITE?
posted by Meatbomb at 9:35 PM on August 1, 2007 [3 favorites]


t's kind of upsetting that most of my favourited comments come from these type of threads which lament the misuse of the favouriting system.


Maybe if you would spell it the proper (ie. American) way, you'd get more favorites ;)
posted by Burhanistan at 9:35 PM on August 1, 2007 [1 favorite]


I have favorited every comment in this thread EXCEPT ONE. You know who you are, and you know why.
posted by evilcolonel at 9:38 PM on August 1, 2007 [1 favorite]


I disagree Kwine. I think, while it may have been introduced and sold as a 'bookmark' or a 'I wanna come back and read this later' it morphed into something that has actually been far more useful to the community.

I know opinions vary on this subject, but I became far more prolific after I realized that, on occasion, people seemed to like what I had to say, and they clicked a little + to tell me that.

MeFi was a little intimidating in the early years, and I didn't comment a whole lot. Seeing that people sometimes agreed with me by way of favoriting a comment helped to bring me out of my shell, as it were.

And, on the off chance that you are not in full agreement, what do you think of pumpkins? I'm thinking of a new exhibit.
posted by quin at 9:42 PM on August 1, 2007 [1 favorite]


I'm beginning to think that 99% of the users on the site are actually tehloki sockpuppets, and I'm hurtling toward the shattering realization that my entire fortune of favorites is a lie, all a lie. And that the only person left to help me pick up the pieces of my ruined life will be tehloki.

You planned this from the very beginning, didn't you?
posted by hermitosis at 9:43 PM on August 1, 2007 [2 favorites]


Yeah, that's right people. Don't mess with quin. He'll replace your head with sunflower, man. Think he won't? Huh? He will, man, I seen him do it!
posted by The Deej at 9:43 PM on August 1, 2007 [2 favorites]


Thanks, evilcolonel, you make me look frugal in comparison :P
posted by tehloki at 9:44 PM on August 1, 2007 [2 favorites]


Maybe if you would spell it the proper (ie. American) way, you'd get more favorites ;)

The English way is the proper way! To arms!

[NOT WEBSTERIST]
posted by djgh at 9:44 PM on August 1, 2007 [3 favorites]


Hermitosis, if I had that kind of money, I would spend my days favoriting myself over and over again in an orgy of self-congratulative wanking, making LOLcat and viral ad posts willy-nilly.
posted by tehloki at 9:48 PM on August 1, 2007 [2 favorites]


Tehloki is a favoriting machine, baby! And you know what else? He's just started posting songs to MeFi Music, so y'all get yer butts over there and listen to some of 'em!
posted by flapjax at midnite at 9:49 PM on August 1, 2007 [2 favorites]


Damnit, I need some new colloquialisms. Nobody should say "willy-nilly" twice in one thread.
posted by tehloki at 9:49 PM on August 1, 2007 [2 favorites]


I use favorites in the manner that you describe, quin. I endorse using them however you please. I'm just amused by the structural turn that threads about favorites inevitably take towards what the best name for them would be(and apparently today how it should be spelled), which, in a sea of gray inconsequentialities, seems to me to be the most inconsequentastic of them all.

Your small question wasn't really for me, but I enjoy pumpkins in seed, pie, and performance art form. Del.icio.us!
posted by Kwine at 9:51 PM on August 1, 2007 [3 favorites]


tehloki, I recommend "higgledy-piggledy".
posted by hermitosis at 9:57 PM on August 1, 2007 [3 favorites]


The English way is the proper way!
How true this is in almost every instance far beyond usage of the marvellous language we have allowed the child-like Americans to mangle so comically, but perhaps particularly so as regards fee-paying schooling, binge-drinking, colonial rapine and sexual perversion.
posted by Abiezer at 9:58 PM on August 1, 2007 [2 favorites]


Yo, T. Deej, I know you are my sworn mortal enemy and all, and you have killed me at least once, but I'm thinking I need to make my way to Montana. We should set up the be-all end-all Mefi-meetup.

Correct me if I'm wrong, but isn't Montana like a different country or commonwealth or territory or something? couldn't we just, you know, speed like crazy, shoot whatever guns we want, and blow all sorts of shit up?

I'm thinking of a meetup that would be legendary.
I'm talking about a let's-find-a-couple-of-acres-and-see-how-many-international-laws we-can-break-in-one-night, kind of party.

I'm sure jessamyn's house party will rock, but I'm thinking we could put together something that will, not only go down in mefi history, but will also, possibly, go down in the annals of law enforcement history.

posted by quin at 9:58 PM on August 1, 2007 [2 favorites]


Marking favorites is like masturbation - everyone does it, it's perfectly healthy to do it as much as you want.

*gets out lube, favourites self*
posted by deborah at 9:59 PM on August 1, 2007 [5 favorites]


Oh, crap yeah quin, you can drive any speed you want and kick the piss out of anyone who gets in your way.

You will, of course, get arrested.

Come on up. If if it's just 2 person meetup it would be fun, especially since it will involve the 2 most important MeFites.

Sadly, however, we do have an actual speed limit now. The whole convoluted speed limit issue was just a way to raise the speeding ticket from $5 (yes, FIVE) to over a hundred. And even when there was "no speed limit" people got speeding tickets.

But, there's plenty of wide open space, and Yellowstone Park is 4 hours from my door.

I'll leave the door unlocked, everyone, come on in.
posted by The Deej at 10:10 PM on August 1, 2007 [1 favorite]


My favorite is beer.

If someone gives me beer, they become my favorite.

Unfortunately clicking on beer just makes a mess, and clicking on people just makes them angry.

I would like to have a +beer link on my profile, so people could click on it if they want to give me beer. Even if the beer didn't actually happen, it'd be a nice thought.
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken at 10:30 PM on August 1, 2007 [3 favorites]


Back on topic: I am approaching the 1 year anniversary of my very first favorited comment.

From this here FPP.
TERRA! Men With 1,000 Prepaid Cellphones Planned To Attack Mackinac Bridge. Or sell them in Texas. Or, you know, something.
posted by quonsar


My oh so witty comment, after much discussion as to whether the phone-holders were terrorists:
I think the folks caught with the cell phones ARE terrorists, but they misunderstood their orders. They were told to set up a thousand cells in the U.S.
posted by The DeejMe at 5:13 PM on August 13 [3 favorites +] [!] No other comments.


The most insightful thing to be gained from this: note the "No other comments" line. Back then I knew to shut up and quit while I was ahead.
posted by The Deej at 10:38 PM on August 1, 2007 [1 favorite]


hey stavros, did you know that you can actually do that in facebook? :D
posted by jacalata at 10:45 PM on August 1, 2007 [1 favorite]


*mails stavros some beer*

warning: envelope may be soggy
posted by tehloki at 11:07 PM on August 1, 2007 [1 favorite]


Oo oo, favorite me favorite me!

1k or bust!
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 11:10 PM on August 1, 2007 [5 favorites]


Nobody should say "willy-nilly" twice in one thread.

tehloki, I recommend "higgledy-piggledy".


I recommend "nimbly bimbly."
posted by amyms at 11:13 PM on August 1, 2007 [3 favorites]


hey stavros, did you know that you can actually do that in facebook?

Really? I might have to break down and actually make an account there....
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken at 11:33 PM on August 1, 2007 [1 favorite]


ThePinkSuperhero says: Oo oo, favorite me favorite me!

I've favorited you far too much, ThePinkSuperhero (especially in AskMe, where your answers, particularly in the relationshipfilter questions, mirror my own thoughts)... I have called for a personal moratorium on my favoriting of you because I don't want any malicious gossip :P...

Plus, I'm jealous of your pink profile background. I want a purple one! *makes waaaah sounds*
posted by amyms at 11:37 PM on August 1, 2007 [1 favorite]


Who are these people and folks? You're getting, what - phone calls? Emails? Smoke signals? Random strangers stopping you guys in the street?

In my case, I metatalk'd a question about favoriting functionality, and a few of the folks in the thread said I shouldn't be using favorites like I was, that I should be using it only to maintain a short list of current favorites. It was a really odd response, to me.
posted by davejay at 11:54 PM on August 1, 2007 [1 favorite]


a few of the folks in the thread said I shouldn't be using favorites like I was

WTF? They're YOUR favorites, you can use them in whatever manner YOU want to! If I want to favorite every person who uses the word "discombobulated" (not that I have, but it's an intriguing idea) I damn well can! If people are monitoring YOUR favorites (and worse, criticizing them) then they are losers of the worst degree.
posted by amyms at 12:03 AM on August 2, 2007 [1 favorite]


amyms, please note that I am right now using the word "discombobulated".
posted by flapjax at midnite at 12:13 AM on August 2, 2007 [2 favorites]


It has been noted, flapjax, and don't think it's not appreciated.
posted by amyms at 12:16 AM on August 2, 2007 [1 favorite]


Points off for not putting your period inside your quotation marks, though.
posted by amyms at 12:17 AM on August 2, 2007 [1 favorite]


Hmm... y'know, now that you mention it, punctuation as it relates to quotation marks is always bedeviling me. Anywhere you can direct me, by chance, regarding rules of usage?

Oh, and just for good measure (and to see if you're really starting a trend here) I'd like to add:

DISCOMBOBULATED.
posted by flapjax at midnite at 12:26 AM on August 2, 2007 [2 favorites]


Anywhere you can direct me, by chance, regarding rules of usage?

"In the United States, periods and commas go inside quotation marks regardless of logic." (I realize not every Mefite is in the U.S., but flapjax is)...

Confession: I don't always put my punctuation inside the quotation marks. I just do what looks aesthetically pleasing (which probably varies from person to person).
posted by amyms at 12:37 AM on August 2, 2007


Okay flapjax, we've taken up too much space on this thread, let's get a room (said pre-emptively, before anyone else can snark about it).
posted by amyms at 12:38 AM on August 2, 2007


Okay, I got the room. But, uh, amyms, I'm not in the U.S. I've lived in Tokyo since 1995, therefore am exempt from U.S. Punctuation Laws.
posted by flapjax at midnite at 12:41 AM on August 2, 2007


I'm not in the U.S. I've lived in Tokyo since 1995

Gomen nasai, flapjax, I just noticed that.
posted by amyms at 12:47 AM on August 2, 2007


This blatant punctuation imperialism will not stand. I declare an embargo against all commas, periods, parentheses, and dashes from Japanese manufacturers.
posted by tehloki at 1:18 AM on August 2, 2007


Does the full stop go inside or outside the brackets?
posted by liquorice at 1:27 AM on August 2, 2007


Outside! Always outside, dammit!!
posted by goo at 1:32 AM on August 2, 2007


WHY DO YOU AMERICANS INSIST ON RESTRAINING YOUR PUNCTUATION??? LET YOUR DOTS ROAM FREE!!!!

Oh and tehioki you just fav as much as you want to honey.
posted by gomichild at 1:42 AM on August 2, 2007


"Futurism is grounded in the complete renewal of human sensibility that has generated our pictorial dynamism, our antigraceful music in its free, irregular rhythms, our noise-art and our words-in-freedom . . . . By the imagination without strings I mean the absolute freedom of images or analogies, expressed with unhampered words and with no connecting strings of syntax and with no punctuation."
posted by Meatbomb at 3:07 AM on August 2, 2007


What about if the only interaction you have is favoriting? [that's hardcore pure in my book]
posted by tellurian at 4:03 AM on August 2, 2007 [1 favorite]


Wow, tellurian, what a find! Mysterious MeFite! I see he/she is in Oz, though: that's not your sock puppet, is it?
posted by flapjax at midnite at 4:29 AM on August 2, 2007


No sock puppet. They just favorited a really old post of mine and it came to my attention because of this mad favoriting thread.
posted by tellurian at 5:13 AM on August 2, 2007


All this favoriting is making me horny.
posted by LordSludge at 6:10 AM on August 2, 2007


Nice try, tehloki. Do you really think that, after all this water under the bridge, after I bared my soul to you - in public, even! - you can just make everything better by favoriting my last comment? Do you?

Forget it. I know where your favorites have been, tehloki. I know who else has received some of your special favor[ite]s, and I'm not going to fall for it ever again.
posted by googly at 7:10 AM on August 2, 2007


Is this where you go for the free favorites?
posted by shmegegge at 8:39 AM on August 2, 2007 [1 favorite]


Hey! I've been favorited four times since last night!!

Wait, are those just pity favorites?
posted by desuetude at 8:52 AM on August 2, 2007 [1 favorite]


fap fap fap fap
posted by Stynxno at 9:18 AM on August 2, 2007


Way to denigrate favorites (assuming they had any common currency). Ne'er the well be mind.
posted by tellurian at 9:45 AM on August 2, 2007


Plus, I'm jealous of your pink profile background. I want a purple one! *makes waaaah sounds*

::big smile:: I love my pink profile far too much. One day, my profile will accidentally be edited, and I'll have to mourn the loss.....
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 9:55 AM on August 2, 2007 [2 favorites]


What about if the only interaction you have is favoriting? [that's hardcore pure in my book]

Wow. And he's been here since 2001! I wonder if he was planning to delurk, or if he just reads MeFi a lot and thought being able to use the somewhat-primitive-but-incredibly-convenient-on-the-saving-end bookmarking system was worth the $5...?
posted by Many bubbles at 10:11 AM on August 2, 2007


I have it on good authority that there was no $5 entry fee back in the day. Hence the term, $5 noob.
posted by found missing at 10:13 AM on August 2, 2007


Oh, right. Well... that's a little less impressive, then.
posted by Many bubbles at 10:15 AM on August 2, 2007


*FFP FFP FFP FFP*
posted by hermitosis at 10:17 AM on August 2, 2007 [1 favorite]


Haha. I meant to write "FPP". Oh well, someone will favorite it anyway.
posted by hermitosis at 10:18 AM on August 2, 2007 [2 favorites]


Not I. I don't believe in favorites. They're for suckas!
posted by dersins at 12:01 PM on August 2, 2007


FPP FPP FPP
posted by craven_morhead at 12:20 PM on August 2, 2007


Hey, is this one of those MetaTalk posts where you get an unearned favorite just for showing up?
*holds out little tin cup*
posted by maryh at 12:28 PM on August 2, 2007 [1 favorite]


uh oh... I just broke the thread, didn't I.
posted by maryh at 12:30 PM on August 2, 2007


*clink*
posted by hermitosis at 12:32 PM on August 2, 2007 [1 favorite]


One hand washes the other, hermitosis muh man.
posted by maryh at 12:49 PM on August 2, 2007


I think I'd feel cheap if I got favorited just for showing up in a thread. It seems so, I don't know, common.
posted by Floydd at 12:55 PM on August 2, 2007 [4 favorites]


If I could do you twice, Floydd, I would.
posted by hermitosis at 1:02 PM on August 2, 2007


Knocked you off your pedestal there, Floydd. You're like our virtual rent boy now! mwahh ha ha ha!
posted by maryh at 1:04 PM on August 2, 2007 [1 favorite]


I prefer my attention-whoring maneuvers vertiginously grand. No little pips of the plus sign could ever satiate my cosmic lust for the adulation of the uninitiated.

Yet, it cannot be untrue, as I have transformed the illuminating poison called favorites within myself, strengthening Voice and Mefite Memory by seeing beyond and feeling before my membership, indulging in that transcendent dependency: the favorites must flow.
posted by Ambrosia Voyeur at 1:04 PM on August 2, 2007 [1 favorite]


Anybody who favorites this comment is going to get banned.

I'm not saying when, from where, or by whom; verification is left as an exercise for the reader; void where prohibited, not to mention Canada; drink your ovaltine.
posted by cortex (staff) at 1:41 PM on August 2, 2007 [9 favorites]


Like it isn't inevitable.
posted by found missing at 1:48 PM on August 2, 2007


Anybody who favorites this comment is going to get banned.

Anybody?
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 1:50 PM on August 2, 2007 [2 favorites]


They're taunting us, everyone. Attack the elder one, the others will back down.
posted by hermitosis at 1:51 PM on August 2, 2007 [1 favorite]


Being from Canada, I feel secure in favoriting cortex there.

[USER WAS BANNED FOR THIS POST]
posted by tehloki at 1:53 PM on August 2, 2007


...So if we flag it instead, do we get protection from bannination?
posted by Many bubbles at 6:18 PM on August 2, 2007


I'm with the banned. Excellent.
posted by maudlin at 6:34 PM on August 2, 2007


alert - alert: someone check on tehloki. He may have succumbed to the heat or something. None of my last dozen comments have been favorited by him. Should we send the police to his aptmt or something?
posted by madamjujujive at 9:58 AM on August 3, 2007 [1 favorite]


.
posted by gleea at 7:29 PM on August 7, 2007


This is tehloki's automated deathswitch protocol speaking
posted by tehloki at 9:43 PM on August 7, 2007 [1 favorite]


This is tehloki's automated deathswitch protocol speaking

Are you like A.L.I.C.E.?
posted by Burhanistan at 10:01 PM on August 7, 2007


damn shame about that tehloki - he had a lot of love to share.

On another note, I wonder who I should contact? It's a little known fact, but in an IM chat before he passed on, he promised me his car and his watch.
posted by madamjujujive at 10:09 PM on August 7, 2007


What, he promised those to you too? That bastard! Still, he was a good kid. What a bummer ol' tehloki (or "the teh" as we used to call him) had to go so young. But what am I gonna do with all these posts and comments of mine that he favorited? Is there a next of kin I can send 'em to?
posted by flapjax at midnite at 10:24 PM on August 7, 2007


This is tehloki's second automated deathswitch message:

Under no circumstances is madamjujujive to be trusted. I leave my assets to the wikipedia foundation LOL BUSH SUX!!!!!!! FOOTBALL
posted by tehloki at 12:03 AM on August 8, 2007 [1 favorite]


I hope I didn't prompt this, I said not to take it as a criticism. I like favor-sluts.
posted by BrotherCaine at 5:02 AM on August 11, 2007 [1 favorite]


No, somebody actually emailed me. quote: "Why on earth do you favorite everything? Do you understand what they're for?" I'll avoid naming names.
posted by tehloki at 8:23 PM on August 11, 2007


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