Search favorites by user name? May 21, 2008 2:19 PM   Subscribe

Can we search our favorites by user name? If not, can we get that feature added?

So I'm searching through My Favorite Comments for a comment made by a particular user and I'm getting nothing. However, if their name is mentioned in the comment, then it's found. Anyway we can search for comments made by the actual user?
posted by Brandon Blatcher to Feature Requests at 2:19 PM (49 comments total)

I was just thinking about this the other day; almost posted the request myself. It would be very helpful.
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 2:23 PM on May 21, 2008 [1 favorite]


You have too many favorites. Remove some.
posted by Eideteker at 3:44 PM on May 21, 2008 [1 favorite]


WANT.
posted by misha at 3:48 PM on May 21, 2008


Fuck off Eideteker, you don't get to decide who has too many favorites.
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 4:01 PM on May 21, 2008 [2 favorites]


Fuck off Eideteker, you don't get to decide who has too many favorites.

Unless you decide it's this guy, in which case you are correct.

And thus you may fuck on, instead.
posted by dersins at 4:59 PM on May 21, 2008


you may fuck on, instead.

I was just wandering over here to say that. But I have no opinion on the favorites thing.
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 5:18 PM on May 21, 2008


Suddenly I want a catalog of prepositional phrases bound to "fuck". Fuck [you] up, fuck off, fuck around all seem kosher, whereas something like get the fuck out is really more of a cheaty intensifier, for example. Hmm.
posted by cortex (staff) at 5:32 PM on May 21, 2008


I love gratuitous swearing.
posted by Unicorn on the cob at 5:36 PM on May 21, 2008


fuck on, you crazy diamond!
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 5:38 PM on May 21, 2008 [1 favorite]


"Let us get our fuck on" is also cheating, I think, insofar as it's just a hotswappable element in an otherwise fixed expression. But maybe I'm being to exclusive, here? I don't know. Where's languagehat, and has he been drinking?
posted by cortex (staff) at 5:41 PM on May 21, 2008


I love fuck, it's so versatile.
posted by WalterMitty at 5:46 PM on May 21, 2008


Oh, and that pony, it would be a good thing.
posted by WalterMitty at 5:46 PM on May 21, 2008


I have been drinking cheap red wine (what the Brits call plonk and the Frogs gros rouge), and I'm listening to Fats Waller and too mellow and lazy to do prepositional research. But I'll bet those crazy Language Loggers would be glad to help out.
posted by languagehat at 5:49 PM on May 21, 2008


Get Liberman in here. Or Geoff. We can have him work on the "fuck furth" tangent.
posted by cortex (staff) at 5:51 PM on May 21, 2008 [1 favorite]


Cortex, I think what you may be looking at is the distinction between:

1) a phrasal verb - a verb with an adverbial particle (such as off, up, or around; it looks a lot like a preposition, but it has a special name in this case) that together functions with a different meaning than the two (or more) separate parts (see "I fuck off at work", "I fuck up my marriage", "I fuck around all day by reading Metafilter", etc.)

2) a bland old verb that happens to have a preposition near it that affects location like a preposition, but not the base meaning of the verb (see "She fucks around her house" or "They fucked off to the side of the road."

3) uses where fuck isn't even a verb - adverb (get the fuck out) or noun (let us get our fuck on).
posted by mosessis at 6:09 PM on May 21, 2008


And just to add a couple to our list of fucking phrasal verbs...

fuck over
fuck with
posted by mosessis at 6:11 PM on May 21, 2008


This thread has been gloriously fucked onto new rails.
posted by Kattullus at 6:14 PM on May 21, 2008


fuck, i'm sorry.
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 6:24 PM on May 21, 2008


So, um, pony?
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 6:48 PM on May 21, 2008 [1 favorite]


Take your pony fucking to MeMail, TPS.
posted by Rock Steady at 7:51 PM on May 21, 2008


I have been drinking cheap red wine (what the Brits call plonk and the Frogs gros rouge), and I'm listening to Fats Waller

If you put on a beret and a black turtleneck, I'm calling a deprogrammer.
posted by jonmc at 8:01 PM on May 21, 2008


The next section of MetaFilter: FuckMe.
posted by netbros at 10:17 PM on May 21, 2008


The fucking fucker's fucked.
posted by Jofus at 12:59 AM on May 22, 2008


Bugger.
posted by flabdablet at 1:39 AM on May 22, 2008


So that's a no then, is it?
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 2:59 AM on May 22, 2008


"Fuck off Eideteker, you don't get to decide who has too many favorites."

I'm not deciding anything. I'm just pointing out that you have reached your own internal logical limit. If you have more favorites than you can readily manage, then you have too many. This is separate from the nomenclature argument, where the ridiculousness of having more than one "favorite" or "best answer" is the central thrust.

Know your limits.
posted by Eideteker at 3:24 AM on May 22, 2008


That's important.
posted by flabdablet at 3:31 AM on May 22, 2008


I'm just pointing out that you have reached your own internal logical limit. If you have more favorites than you can readily manage, then you have too many.

That argument makes no sense because the only tool to manage favorites is the ability to sort them by sub site.
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 4:03 AM on May 22, 2008


"the only tool to manage favorites is the ability to sort them by sub site"

Yes, and your own brain. If your brain cannot index the number of favorites you have, you have too many. It's no slight. Different people just have different amounts and kinds of memory. Don't feel too bad about it.
posted by Eideteker at 5:50 AM on May 22, 2008


Kids, kids!! Favorites™ are both an industrial solvent AND a breakfast cereal! You don't have to fight!

Anyway, I like any pony that mashes two tools up. (No, not talking about you two.) I'd like to have some sort of comprehensive "advanced" search page, with many different boxes to toggle, drop-down lists, etc.
posted by not_on_display at 5:55 AM on May 22, 2008


Yes, and your own brain. If your brain cannot index the number of favorites you have, you have too many.

*ahem*

Bullshit.

You do realize (well, actually, you probably don't) that we're rapidly approaching the day that a desktop machine will exceed the computational capacity of the human brain, do you not? While we are still able to (thanks to computers) track the rate at which information is added to the internet - everything from this comment I'm making to the few hundred new blogs that will be started whilst I'm making it - we are approaching the limits of our human minds to comprehend the sheer volume of such information. It is, quite simply, nearing exponents so large that the amount of 0's behind the number causes the number to have little meaning to us, other than: Wow, that's a lot of information. It is also, as I understand it, an open-ended argument as to whether computational power will continue to possess the ability to measure such rapid growth in the information that the internet contains, or if the latter will surpass the former. Its even being speculated that we will at some point begin to generate more online information than the world has the energy capacity to support.

Given these and many other considerations, I think this is a rather humble and useful pony to request. Someday, Eideteker, even your vast brain might find use for it.
posted by allkindsoftime at 6:13 AM on May 22, 2008 [1 favorite]


If your brain cannot index the number of favorites you have, you have too many.

My bad, didn't realize you were trolling. Get some rest and take care.
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 6:30 AM on May 22, 2008


You don't need to store all the information, akot. You need to be able to index it. No matter how much information is out in the world, if you don't know how to find it, you can't use it. As the saying goes: You don't have to know the answer to every question, as long as you know how to find the answer.

BB, I love ya, buddy. Less a troll, more a chiste.
posted by Eideteker at 6:48 AM on May 22, 2008


As the saying goes: You don't have to know the answer to every question, as long as you know how to find the answer.

Which is the whole point of this thread. Come on, Eide, you sound ridiculous.
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 7:42 AM on May 22, 2008 [1 favorite]


I think we've fucked the shark here.
posted by weapons-grade pandemonium at 10:47 AM on May 22, 2008


So, that's a no then?
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 11:17 AM on May 22, 2008


Pony?
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 11:38 AM on May 22, 2008 [1 favorite]


Giddyup.
posted by deborah at 11:39 AM on May 22, 2008


Suddenly I want a catalog of prepositional phrases bound to "fuck". Fuck [you] up, fuck off, fuck around all seem kosher, whereas something like get the fuck out is really more of a cheaty intensifier, for example. Hmm.

"Let us get our fuck on" is also cheating, I think, insofar as it's just a hotswappable element in an otherwise fixed expression. But maybe I'm being to exclusive, here? I don't know. Where's languagehat, and has he been drinking?

The rule it seems to me that you're skirting around is that the catalog must have prepositional phrases bound to Fuck The Verb. Fuck The Noun seems, if I understand your examples well, to be the outlier you're not interested in.

Thus: "Let's not fuck about" would work where "Get that stupid fuck on the phone" would not.

Also, I'd like to chime in that, while Blatcher's behavior outside this thread regarding the pony is the opposite of cool, it's also not cool that absolutely no one in authority has given the request any serious answer.
posted by shmegegge at 1:45 PM on May 22, 2008


I have absolutely no authority, but I'll chime in with we'll consider it like we consider all requests. The fact that there's no definitive no is probably a good thing. But again, no authority here.
posted by pb (staff) at 1:59 PM on May 22, 2008


Also, jessamyn did in fact say "But I have no opinion on the favorites thing." up thread. I also have pretty much no opinion on it.
posted by cortex (staff) at 2:01 PM on May 22, 2008


This is the strangest feature request thread ever. Usually, some sort of definitive answer has been passed down long before this point- "Yes, we are working on it" or "No way in hell, sorry". The vagueness of it all has me expecting all the mods to pop in at some point and be like, SURPRISE, HERE IT IS, IT'S READY!
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 2:06 PM on May 22, 2008 [1 favorite]


jessamyn did in fact say "But I have no opinion on the favorites thing."

That's not really an answer.
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 2:23 PM on May 22, 2008


Of course it is. It's not a solution, but it's certainly an answer.
posted by dersins at 2:38 PM on May 22, 2008


Sometimes, our official positions really are just kind of that thing you do with your hand where you wave it side to side as if to say, "eh." It's maybe not a satisfying answer, but it's arguably better than "no, jesus god, no", which is what I feel like we end up saying to about half the requests that folks post.
posted by cortex (staff) at 2:57 PM on May 22, 2008


Hence the "not really" part. Sure, strictly speaking it's an answer, but that's about it.

It's similar to you asking a co worker if they could give you a hand with a certain task and they answer "I have no opinion on that". Yeah, they responded to your query but didn't really answer.

Thanks pb.
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 2:57 PM on May 22, 2008


Well, it's like standing up in front of your whole office and asking a coworker if it'd be possible for them to rewrite minesweeper for you, I guess. I'm not sure I'm feeling the coworker metaphor here, basically, but I'm sorry we left you hanging there; it wasn't a concerted effort or anything.
posted by cortex (staff) at 3:05 PM on May 22, 2008


I demand a definitive response from the moderators fuckwith!

No?
posted by Eideteker at 3:50 PM on May 22, 2008


but I'm sorry we left you hanging there; it wasn't a concerted effort or anything.

No problem, just was looking for a more definitive answer, even if it was "No" or "Go away, we closed right now". It's all good.
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 5:10 PM on May 22, 2008


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