Previously June 20, 2008 9:21 AM   Subscribe

How about a Previously Box? People often make FPPs and link previous posts. Previously, previously, previously. Pretty Please? Previously (partially).

It could be an entry box on the FPP form where you submit the url of any previously related threads you plan on linking. The result could go underneath the tags box when the FPP posts, or elsewhere. And instead of the word previously, maybe the title of the previous post could be auto-manifested as the link? or the number? Something.

Or there could be something similar to the new related question interface in AskMe. Also, that link-forward idea in that previous MeTa thread was kind of nifty also.

So for this FPP, something like:

Detritus From a Dream
February 29, 2008 11:37 AM

Shaun O'Boyle recently returned from Cape Canaveral where he photographed the artifacts of the early space program. They are part of the Modern Ruins site, which is a great place to waste an afternoon.
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posted by cashman to Feature Requests at 9:21 AM (12 comments total) 1 user marked this as a favorite

Not a bad idea–in theory.
posted by Mister_A at 9:27 AM on June 20, 2008

Cluttering up the New Post page with yet more boxes is a terrible idea, but extension of Related Threads to MeFi proper would be a great way to leverage the heroics of the backtagging team.
posted by nowonmai at 9:34 AM on June 20, 2008

This sounds like gilding the lily to me. (The tendency, not the song.)
posted by Jofus at 9:56 AM on June 20, 2008

I kinda like this idea even if it is gliding the fillies or whatever Jofus said.
posted by katillathehun at 9:59 AM on June 20, 2008

I'm pretty much in lily-gilding territory on this one, personally. I actually like the core idea, for what it's worth, and enjoy seeing good backlinks and context (and sometimes add them to threads myself in a comment), but I'm not convinced that making it an official posting widget is a great idea. Stuff that occurs to me:

- Ad hoc backlinks from either the poster or commenters seems to work pretty well as is, for the fraction of posts where it makes sense
- Making the posting page more complicated with out a really good reason is probably not a great idea.
- Yet more mod editing work when things go wrong.
- Trying to develop a set of best practices for what to include vs. not in the official box sounds like not a tremendous amount of fun; so, too, dealing with in-thread bickering over use and misuse of the box.
posted by cortex (staff) at 10:09 AM on June 20, 2008

I'd miss the html screw-ups.
posted by Abiezer at 10:13 AM on June 20, 2008

Great - thanks for the consideration.
posted by cashman at 10:17 AM on June 20, 2008

Also, it would probably be depressing how many "previously"s there would actually be - in that it would become clear we were laughing at the same jokes over and over and over and over.

Mind you, it never did my old man any harm.
posted by Jofus at 10:24 AM on June 20, 2008

Guilding the lily? Who is this mysterious guild? Is this some kind of cabal thing?

Oh, so that's what it means.
posted by Eideteker at 10:51 AM on June 20, 2008

See also "livering the lily".
posted by cortex (staff) at 10:54 AM on June 20, 2008

It's not technically a rule that the word "varmint" needs to follow any combination of the words "lily" and "livering", but it should be, in much the same way that no one is allowed to do the "shave-and-a-haircut" knock without following it up with the "two bits" part.
posted by yhbc at 11:28 AM on June 20, 2008

Not to be confused with shaking the dew off the lily.
posted by SpiffyRob at 11:39 AM on June 20, 2008

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