Nice! November 28, 2007 6:23 AM   Subscribe

Cool, when did the "remove from activity" thing get implemented?
posted by WCityMike to MetaFilter-Related at 6:23 AM (46 comments total)

You honestly needed a MetaTalk about this instead of emailing a mod?
posted by agregoli at 6:30 AM on November 28, 2007 [1 favorite]


Approximately November 20.
posted by Plutor at 6:31 AM on November 28, 2007


As far as I can tell, that was a "can we have it" thread ... I don't see anywhere a "it's out" thread.
posted by WCityMike at 6:33 AM on November 28, 2007


A few days ago, after the most recent reqeuest, pb made it happen. So:

HEY GUYS! IT'S OUT! YOU CAN REMOVE A THREAD FROM YOUR RECENT ACTIVITY VIEW!

AND NO! YOU CAN'T GET IT BACK! SO PROCEED WITH CAUTION!

Floor is now open for questions.
posted by cortex (staff) at 6:34 AM on November 28, 2007


This comment in that thread is the announcement.
posted by Plutor at 6:36 AM on November 28, 2007


I remove myself from pretty much all activity about 13 years ago. Going great so far.
posted by Abiezer at 6:41 AM on November 28, 2007


What agregoli said.
posted by grouse at 6:41 AM on November 28, 2007


After some of your recent comments, I can't blame you for wanting to get rid of the thread.
posted by adamvasco at 6:45 AM on November 28, 2007


adamvasco: you = me? Or someone else? If so, let's really not go into that. I've got no problem with anything I've said recently, and if you do, the thread with which you had problems is the place to bring it up.
posted by WCityMike at 6:47 AM on November 28, 2007


Now, can we have the reverse? A way to add arbitrary threads to our recent activity (like a watchlist)?

Or do we call that "commenting"?
posted by potch at 6:51 AM on November 28, 2007


potch: That's what the RSS feeds are for.
posted by lodurr at 6:54 AM on November 28, 2007


That's a great idea, potch.
posted by grouse at 6:54 AM on November 28, 2007


potch: that's why people post comments consisting only of "."
posted by nowonmai at 6:56 AM on November 28, 2007


potch, I think that feature is called "favorites". but I could be wrong.

what I like is how after you click the "yes" option, the text dramatically and slowly fades off the screen, like it's terribly disappointed that you would do such a horrid thing as "remove from activity".

pb you are my hero, forever. I'd throw panties but I'm not sure which colour's your fave.
posted by lonefrontranger at 6:58 AM on November 28, 2007


Removing is a bit less of a pain in the ass than adding. There was talk a while back of using thread favorites as a way to stock the Recent Activity view—last brainstorm I heard from Matt was the idea of handling that as a separate tab, which I think would be an okay way to deal with it. But no timeframe; we've got a bunch of other stuff in the wings that's a bit higher priority.
posted by cortex (staff) at 7:01 AM on November 28, 2007


I just noticed this yesterday and think it's terrific. Thanks pb.
posted by CunningLinguist at 7:05 AM on November 28, 2007


lonefrontranger: No, that's not how it works. Yet.

last brainstorm I heard from Matt was the idea of handling that as a separate tab

Cool, that's just how I suggested it six months ago.
posted by grouse at 7:07 AM on November 28, 2007


You should sue!
posted by cortex (staff) at 7:09 AM on November 28, 2007


It's a very cool feature, but my never-ending fear of missing something will prevent me from ever using it.
posted by OmieWise at 7:24 AM on November 28, 2007


I like the way the threads just fade out...
posted by gaspode at 7:34 AM on November 28, 2007


Yes, the gorgeous slow fade is wonderful.
posted by R. Mutt at 7:43 AM on November 28, 2007


But a gorgeous slow fade on deleted FPP's would be even cooler.
posted by R. Mutt at 7:45 AM on November 28, 2007


Nice, thanks!
posted by Alvy Ampersand at 8:01 AM on November 28, 2007


*Removes from activity*
posted by Alvy Ampersand at 8:01 AM on November 28, 2007


Deleted FPPs should be accompanied by a blood-curdling scream.
posted by shakespeherian at 8:02 AM on November 28, 2007


But a gorgeous slow fade on deleted FPP's would be even cooler.

We see that when we delete them, and a lonely trumpet plays Taps.
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 8:07 AM on November 28, 2007 [5 favorites]


There was talk a while back of using thread favorites as a way to stock the Recent Activity view—last brainstorm I heard from Matt was the idea of handling that as a separate tab

I'm compelled to comment every time this comes up because its the greatest feature mefi doesn't have. I defy anyone to envisage a more alluring pony.
posted by MetaMonkey at 8:13 AM on November 28, 2007


Just a thought that would address both the remove-a-thread and the add-a-thread problem from a UI perspective: Stick a little minus sign next to each thread title that, when clicked, collapses the whole thread into just the title and "X new comments". It's not "removed", per se, but it's not taking up much space, and then you can click a "+" to re-expand the thread if you want to monitor it more closely.

Checking the html source, I don't see an ID or NAME on the comments DIV, so that'd have to be added.
posted by LordSludge at 8:24 AM on November 28, 2007


Yes, how about combining our favourites with recent activity, so we could see everything we like, all at once?
posted by blue_beetle at 8:48 AM on November 28, 2007


Removed From Activity = Unsubscribe! 2.0 - Now with more gloating troll flavor!
posted by Ambrosia Voyeur at 8:48 AM on November 28, 2007


Fun Fact!

This doesn't work if you've got the (similar, but less undoable) 'Hide Threads in "My Comments"' Greasemonkey script running. At least, it didn't for me, and does now that I've turned that off.

So, yeah.
posted by Reggie Digest at 8:50 AM on November 28, 2007


cortex: YOU CAN REMOVE A THREAD FROM YOUR RECENT ACTIVITY VIEW!

I ONCE REMOVED A THREAD FROM MY PANTS AND MY PANTS FELL DOWN. THERE WAS NO FISH.

sigh... MetaFilter's just not the same without quonsar
posted by Kattullus at 8:54 AM on November 28, 2007


I defy anyone to envisage a more alluring pony.

The punch in the face button obviously.
posted by stinkycheese at 9:10 AM on November 28, 2007


What kind of monster would punch a pony in the face? Look at that face!
posted by cortex (staff) at 9:19 AM on November 28, 2007


Hawaiian Punch would!

Watch that with the sound down - he knocks the guy out, jumps on and over his body, and keeps going. Now that is removing from activity.
posted by cashman at 9:50 AM on November 28, 2007


*removes thread from his recent activity*

*posts smug, gloaty comment about how he will no longer be following said thread because of how juvenile it's become*

*hours later, has to manually sift through his comment history to find his comment to see if anyone was appropriately put in their place by his affected indifference*
posted by Eideteker at 9:52 AM on November 28, 2007 [1 favorite]


What kind of monster would punch a pony in the face? Look at that face!

HO SHIT GET ME MY HITTING STICK

Well, I'll be frog-jiggered in a stew-pot! Which one is the pony? Ah, screw it!

*hits both*
posted by loquacious at 9:58 AM on November 28, 2007


See, it's that kind of violence in the system that makes so clear the need for a Ron Paul gov't. Hence the signs in the background.
posted by cortex (staff) at 10:01 AM on November 28, 2007


MetaFilter: THERE IS NO FISH.


*sobs* why have you forsaken us!? Have we not done your bidding? From the burning flatbush, O Lord, you charged me to bring the sheeple to this holy mountain of beer to behold your glory and receive your claw. WHAT HAVE I LEFT UNDONE!?
posted by loquacious at 10:08 AM on November 28, 2007


It's pretty neat. Cheers!
posted by Artw at 10:25 AM on November 28, 2007


Ron Paul can NOT have a pony.

Not his.

And someday, cortex, you will learn not to crouch next to a horsey and open yourself up to comparison. The same way I learned not to sit close to a beached whale. ("NO! NO I DON'T WANT TO GO BACK IN THE WATER!!!")
posted by wendell at 5:40 PM on November 28, 2007


What the eff is recent activity? How can I spend so much time on a site and not even know what that is?
posted by SassHat at 6:00 PM on November 28, 2007


SH, look up into the little clump of links in the upper left. Click on "recent activity" and prepare to be amazed.
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 7:10 PM on November 28, 2007


Oddly, shame and regret are the two emotions I most closely associate with that link, jessamyn.
posted by Abiezer at 7:33 PM on November 28, 2007


This was a lovely addition. I've used it and my heart was repleat with joy. My pants, too. Eventhough pleats are out of fashion.
posted by From Bklyn at 1:48 AM on November 29, 2007


Re-pleats are retro, so they're OK.
posted by lodurr at 5:23 AM on November 29, 2007


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