Who has the most favorited comment? November 13, 2008 11:09 AM   Subscribe

It's possible to find the most favorited post of all time but is it possible to find the most favorited comment of all time? Or a ranking system that does something similar to the post system (week, 30 days, all time) for comments?
posted by bodywithoutorgans to Feature Requests at 11:09 AM (34 comments total) 1 user marked this as a favorite

With a little help, it could be this one. Change the course of history, MeFites!
posted by carsonb at 11:19 AM on November 13, 2008


(don't do it!)
posted by Burhanistan at 11:22 AM on November 13, 2008


Favoriting is not ranking.
posted by blue_beetle at 11:30 AM on November 13, 2008


I can't remember which fave lists exist vs. don't, but you can always go plumbing through the Infodump for the definitive answer.
posted by cortex (staff) at 11:30 AM on November 13, 2008


God I love favewhoring MeTa threads.

IIRC, some of the high-count comments include the Woz drop-in (311 last count) and Pastabagel's 'Mr. Rogers as the last earnest man' (567).
posted by carsonb at 11:31 AM on November 13, 2008


Oh, and hermitosis' account suicide comment tends to hover around 500.
posted by carsonb at 11:34 AM on November 13, 2008


I can't say for sure, but I'm fairly certain the most favorited comment of all time would be hermitosis' "If 500 people favorite this comment, I'll disable my account" comment which, at time of writing, stands at 499 favorites.
posted by Effigy2000 at 11:35 AM on November 13, 2008


Favoriting is not ranking.

no, but this is.
posted by kuujjuarapik at 11:41 AM on November 13, 2008


So is this.
posted by Burhanistan at 11:45 AM on November 13, 2008


This right here is how I should start my day every day, with a reminder. A reminder that I've emailed Steve Wozniak and he actually emailed me back. It's better than coffee.

No, that doesn't make me awesome - I'm just some guy. But a very nerdy guy. So nerdy it's almost like being a die-hard Christian receiving a personal visit or phone call from Jesus.

Yeah, Wozniak is just some guy, too. But whether on accident or on purpose he damn near single-handedly reinvented my entire fucking world.

Unf unf unf.
posted by loquacious at 11:46 AM on November 13, 2008 [2 favorites]


Wasn't it that comment by kittywhiskers about how the particular surface properties of rose petals allow the flowers to retain rainwater when in droplet form?
posted by Abiezer at 11:58 AM on November 13, 2008


You're all wrong. It was the recent comment about lineups in the UK. 668 and counting.

This question gets asked every now and then. Usually the comments that are linked rack up a pile more favourites as more people discover them.
posted by PercussivePaul at 12:02 PM on November 13, 2008


Astro Zombie's Wall-E post has 770 favorites as I post this...
posted by xbonesgt at 12:12 PM on November 13, 2008


You're all wrong! The world famous Pixar story has 770 favorites!

On preview: Except for xbonesgt...
posted by Diskeater at 12:15 PM on November 13, 2008


What about the dead body disposal comment (which I refuse to link to)?
posted by Brittanie at 12:21 PM on November 13, 2008


This one deserves a few dozen anyways.
posted by Burhanistan at 12:23 PM on November 13, 2008


What about the dead body disposal comment (which I refuse to link to)?

No, scarabic's comment has 382.

yeah i linked to it.
posted by ALongDecember at 12:25 PM on November 13, 2008


Burhanistan - every time I see a reference to that, I audibly wince.

You know, make a little sucking noise through my teeth, in half thrilled embarrassment?
posted by Jofus at 12:28 PM on November 13, 2008


I've read the Wall-E comment a dozen times, but I still tear up when I read it. I want wo work for Pixar.
posted by Phire at 12:44 PM on November 13, 2008


LOQUACIOUS AND WOZ SITTING IN A TREE
E-M-A-I-L-N-G
posted by dirtynumbangelboy at 12:57 PM on November 13, 2008 [1 favorite]


Shit! I'm wrong!
Queue-jumping: 674
WALL-E: 772

The margin is dropping...
posted by PercussivePaul at 1:06 PM on November 13, 2008


I only favorite comments I hate.
posted by eyeballkid at 1:17 PM on November 13, 2008 [1 favorite]


I only favorite comments I hate.

So do I.
posted by cimbrog at 1:34 PM on November 13, 2008


OH SNAP.

Except, y'know, not. Lame.
posted by Phire at 1:35 PM on November 13, 2008


I know it's not, but it should be "We have cameras."
posted by onlyconnect at 1:36 PM on November 13, 2008


I only favorite comments I hate.

I only hate comments I favorite.
posted by blue_beetle at 1:46 PM on November 13, 2008


I only favorite hates I comment.
posted by fantabulous timewaster at 1:57 PM on November 13, 2008


It was the recent comment about lineups in the UK. 668 and counting.

Thanks for sending me to that thread; not only was that comment great, but so were many others.
posted by languagehat at 2:01 PM on November 13, 2008


I favorites Hate-Comment Onlies.
posted by ORthey at 2:03 PM on November 13, 2008


Favoriting is not ranking.

Well, we say that, but if you've got ten comments in a thread, and one of those comments has fifty favourites, then you can extrapolate that at least fifty people particularly enjoyed that comment, as opposed to the other nine comments in the thread, one of which was probably mine and if it was it was probably flagged as noise, so you can do some back-of-a-coaster calculations and determine that the one comment with fifty favourites is "more good" than the other nine comments with no favourites, hence that one comment has effectively been "ranked" as the best comment in the thread.

Certainly it would be hard for people to deny that when they are skimming a particularly large thread, their scrolling finger tends to pause over the comments with x favourites a little longer than over favourite-less comments. Just the same way you'd maybe be flicking through movies/music/games indexes on Metacritic and employing closer scrutiny to 90+ ratings than to the loser ones in red, the latter of which either star Will Ferrell and Cameron Diaz, or were recorded by Bright Eyes & His Fancy-Nancy Band (guest starring Liz Phair), or are collaborations between John Romero and Derek Smart. Man, fuck Derek Smart.
posted by turgid dahlia at 2:06 PM on November 13, 2008 [1 favorite]


F.avOate Onlll.ll I Com.ORite Com.ORite IoNly HavoratE
posted by Rock Steady at 3:08 PM on November 13, 2008


That's going to do bad things to my MarkovFilter.
posted by Rock Steady at 3:09 PM on November 13, 2008


Outside has 532 favorites, as of my writing this.

532 favorites, and my heart.
posted by paisley henosis at 4:35 PM on November 13, 2008


so you can do some back-of-a-coaster calculations and determine that the one comment with fifty favourites is "more good" than the other nine comments with no favourites

Unless it's a "favorite this 500 times" comment.

Outside, so yummy.
posted by ersatz at 2:33 PM on November 14, 2008


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