A Question About Favorites August 24, 2007 12:59 PM   Subscribe

There is a single page that globally ranks comments across the three sites by number of times favorited, spanning the past seven days (link). There are individual pages that rank posts for each subsite by number of times favorited in the past day (AskMefi, Mefi, and Meta). Do there exist individual pages for each subsite that rank the comments most favorited within the past 24 hours — or even a single page that spans all three but ranks the most favorited comments in the last 24 hours?
posted by WCityMike to MetaFilter-Related at 12:59 PM (13 comments total)

I would really like to see this - even something that went down to the last 12 hours. I have thought of having it as a sort of "up-and-coming" popular comments link.

I quite often discover threads/comments through the "popular" link, and I'd love the option to change the timeframe to keep on top of favouriting "trends"
posted by davey_darling at 1:10 PM on August 24, 2007


No, there are not. No plans to build any more favorites promotion stuff at the moment either.
posted by mathowie (staff) at 1:26 PM on August 24, 2007


Also, I want to point out that future development around favorites will be centered around improving retrieval ("I know I marked something as a favorite about two months ago and it was about sharks... how do I find it again?") and promotion of good stuff.

The things you're asking about sound a heck of a lot like a leaderboard or some sort of ranking system, and really, that's not the goal here. We want to help promote the best contributions, not make it into a personality or popularity contest.
posted by mathowie (staff) at 1:27 PM on August 24, 2007 [1 favorite]


I also would like to see this. I don't have time to browse all the threads so I rely on the favorites ranking to direct me to the "best" ones. Sort of a filter for metafilter.

I'm not sure that mathowie is right that a 24-hour favorites would turn into a leaderboard. How would such a feature change the way people favorite things?
posted by Kraftmatic Adjustable Cheese at 1:32 PM on August 24, 2007


To be honest, I wasn't looking for it for a leaderboard-type purpose. I was just thinking that if I wanted a sort of "best of" sense of what's happened the past day, such a favorites listing, if it existed, would be helpful. The favorite posts are useful but highlight interesting topics, not especially wise or funny remarks; the seven-day outlook is good but changes more glacially.

And, actually, I didn't mean this as a PonyFilter -- I knew there were a few favorites variants hanging around that I didn't seem to know my way around, and so I was wondering if this existed already, considering it seemed to be a bit common-sensical.
posted by WCityMike at 1:54 PM on August 24, 2007


"Seven-day outlook" — *chuckle*. Brainbug from the Weather Channel. I think I actually meant seven-day overlook.
posted by WCityMike at 1:57 PM on August 24, 2007


To be honest, I wasn't looking for it for a leaderboard-type purpose. I was just thinking that if I wanted a sort of "best of" sense of what's happened the past day, such a favorites listing, if it existed, would be helpful.

My thoughts exactly. I think that that sort of thing would make it easier to keep up on the "best of metafilter" for those of us who find it difficult to read every post in every thread.
posted by davey_darling at 2:19 PM on August 24, 2007


future development around favorites will be centered around improving retrieval

This would be MUCH more useful than the suggestion in the post here. A simple (and I say that with no idea whatsoever of the programming implications, so it might not be simple at all...) organizational system-- folders or categories-- would be great for those of us who favorite posts as a way of bookmarking them.
posted by dersins at 3:33 PM on August 24, 2007


+1 for folders, categories or some kind of tag-my-favourites system.
posted by timeistight at 4:02 PM on August 24, 2007


I save things to read, but then cannot find them. So then I favourite some more stuff, but then I cannot find those later either. It's a vicious vicious circle.
posted by typewriter at 6:21 PM on August 24, 2007


It's a vicious vicious circle.

Virgo Month of Leisure, typewriter, take a nap instead.
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 9:25 PM on August 24, 2007


I often use the favorites to browse as well, and can see where a Last-24-hours favorite comments could be handy for seeing, especially, where there's a vibrant thread happening right now. (I always manage to get there a couple of days later - but that's also just me and my time zone.)

At any rate, I love that personal favorites will become easier to navigate. There have been many times that I would have liked to search my favorites for tags or keywords. I would, in fact, do a lot more favoriting if I didn't have to go back pages and pages to try to find... you know? That one? About the DIY video site? That was brand new? With how-to vids?
posted by taz at 10:32 PM on August 24, 2007


We want to help promote the best contributions, not make it into a personality or popularity contest.

Too late.
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken at 3:16 AM on August 25, 2007


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