Adding tags to favorites February 28, 2008 5:48 PM   Subscribe

An idea about favorites.

After several years of "favoriting" comments that I find funny, or informative, or sad, or righteous, or interesting, I now have hundreds of favorites, and no real way to search through them. The recently changed interface is somewhat better, but I think I have an idea that could make favorites really awesome.

Would it be possible for us to add tags to comments that we favorite? The tags would only be visible to the individual user, and the user would have a tag cloud—only visible to him or her—on his or her user page. This would make searching for old comments much, much easier. What do you think?
posted by interrobang to Feature Requests at 5:48 PM (35 comments total) 3 users marked this as a favorite

I like this idea.
posted by StrikeTheViol at 5:53 PM on February 28, 2008


I'd use it.
posted by Jaltcoh at 6:00 PM on February 28, 2008


I would not use this, although it might be nice to see the tag cloud for the tags all the posts I've favorited (or posts with comments I've favorited).

I just did a test, and discovered that when I search over my favorites, tags are not searched. So If I favorited a post tagged as "mashup" but the word "mashup" appeared nowhere in the body of the post, it doesn't get returned as a hit. This seems like a small problem.
posted by adamrice at 6:15 PM on February 28, 2008 [1 favorite]


No! WRONG! Oh wait maybe I should ready your post first.
posted by nola at 6:38 PM on February 28, 2008


Oh yeah that is a good idea.
posted by nola at 6:39 PM on February 28, 2008


It would be really nice if you could view the tag cloud with 3D glasses.
posted by kuujjuarapik at 6:40 PM on February 28, 2008 [3 favorites]


W W JMC D?
posted by Dizzy at 6:59 PM on February 28, 2008


I now have hundreds of favorites, and no real way to search through them.

Have you seen the favorites search we added a month ago? It's not tagging, but you can search through your favorites for keywords.
posted by pb (staff) at 7:06 PM on February 28, 2008


I think that this was discussed fairly recently and Matt said it was going to happen. Couldn't be arsed finding the thread though, so take that with a grain of salt.
posted by Effigy2000 at 7:43 PM on February 28, 2008


I'd use this feature if it was implemented. Mostly so I could sort between my 'hilarious' and 'insightful' and 'I really should read this thread later' favorites.
posted by onalark at 7:56 PM on February 28, 2008


I'd also like to have the ability to draw little doodles of what we think each user looks like, and have those appear next to their comments.
posted by gsteff at 8:07 PM on February 28, 2008


I'd love this to be implemented, but only if we set up something so we all can watch tehloki try to do it to his.
posted by flatluigi at 8:11 PM on February 28, 2008 [2 favorites]


I'd also love to see this implemented. Would be very useful.
posted by LeeJay at 8:42 PM on February 28, 2008




Well, hooray!
posted by interrobang at 8:57 PM on February 28, 2008


Yay, I hope they do that because I'm in the same boat as interrobang.
posted by CitrusFreak12 at 9:16 PM on February 28, 2008


I'd hit it.

[NOT FAVORITIST]
posted by flapjax at midnite at 9:49 PM on February 28, 2008


It would actually be nice to be able to have both public and private favortags.
posted by delmoi at 10:00 PM on February 28, 2008 [1 favorite]


Favorite # 16,676 by tehloki
Metatalk Comment #516815
Reason: CUUURRSE YOOUUUUU!!!!!!
posted by tehloki at 10:40 PM on February 28, 2008 [1 favorite]


I'd also like to have the ability to draw little doodles of what we think each user looks like, and have those appear next to their comments.

You could do this with ASCII art tags.

posted by quonsar at 9:59 PM on February 28 [+] [!] tags: 8===D

i love ya, q
posted by Mikey-San at 11:02 PM on February 28, 2008 [2 favorites]


I've asked for this upwards of a dozen times -- private (or opt-in publically viewable or our profile, say) tagging of everything.

Never gotten a firm yea or nay on it, though.
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken at 11:30 PM on February 28, 2008


(that I can recall through the haze of chemically-augmented alzheimer's)
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken at 11:31 PM on February 28, 2008


I just joined last year and I already have a lot of favorites. Great idea
posted by francesca too at 7:58 AM on February 29, 2008


I think this is a great idea, though I can see it leading to comments like;

Favorited. Tagged as: evidence burnmaterial geteven exampleofhowyousuck

For those comments that you want to bring up, out of context, in a later discussion.
posted by quin at 8:03 AM on February 29, 2008


I can see people being so distracted by their tag cloud that they leave the house still thinking about it and get hit by a car because they weren't paying attention! Good point, quin—let's not do it!
posted by interrobang at 8:35 AM on February 29, 2008


I heard your dad went into the tag cloud and he ate all of the food in the tag cloud and they had to close the tag cloud.
posted by cortex (staff) at 9:21 AM on February 29, 2008 [5 favorites]


So... you've never been so distracted by Metafilter that you've been run over? Shit, I can't count the number of times I've found myself looking at the underside of a car and thinking; Hmm, I wonder what cortex meant when he suggested that the pantsfish was an analogy for Christ's suffering on the cross... Ow! Who knew that catalytic converters could get this hot?..

Happens to me damn near monthly.

Jokes aside, I really do think this is a cool idea.
posted by quin at 9:26 AM on February 29, 2008


So, just in time for the first backtagging project to end, another will begin. We can get tehloki's tags done, guys!

Maybe someone can write up a script to just auto-tag his TPS favorites as stalker-ish.
posted by graventy at 1:09 PM on February 29, 2008


Yes. Like.
posted by brain cloud at 7:05 PM on February 29, 2008


Maybe someone can write up a script to just auto-tag his TPS favorites as stalker-ish.

The man made a promise, and boy did he keep it.
posted by spiderskull at 11:23 PM on February 29, 2008


These favorites you speak of, they self-sort?
posted by DenOfSizer at 8:07 AM on March 1, 2008


I was just about to ask about something like this or a way to group favorites. I favorited a recipe and started thinking it would be nice if I could separate all the recipes from my other comments.
posted by FunkyHelix at 2:09 PM on March 1, 2008


Mrs. Krabappel and Principal Skinner were in the tag cloud making babies and I saw one of the babies and then the baby looked at me.
posted by Joseph Gurl at 6:01 PM on March 1, 2008


The baby looked at you?
posted by educatedslacker at 9:16 PM on March 1, 2008


Yeah, and as it did, I could swear it mouthed the single word "biatch."
posted by Joseph Gurl at 10:58 PM on March 1, 2008


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