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I just got my seven thousand seven hundred seventy-seventh (7777th) favoriting. From the user named LuckySeven~.
posted by orthogonality to MetaFilter-Related at 11:26 AM (113 comments total) 6 users marked this as a favorite

And your 7778th from gman.
posted by gman at 11:31 AM on January 31, 2009


You do know what that means, don't you?
posted by micayetoca at 11:39 AM on January 31, 2009


Honestly, I'd been planning to close my account at 5000.
posted by orthogonality at 11:40 AM on January 31, 2009


I just got my 342nd favorite from extramundane. Okay, your story was better.
posted by Dumsnill at 11:44 AM on January 31, 2009 [1 favorite]


5769 would have been a far more auspicious number for you to have arbitrarily chosen.
posted by gman at 11:44 AM on January 31, 2009


You win. Now we get to go all Shirley Jackson on your ass. ;)
posted by sourwookie at 11:45 AM on January 31, 2009 [2 favorites]


Perhaps you should be introduced to this guy.
posted by SeizeTheDay at 11:45 AM on January 31, 2009


I made my 700th comment on the blue on Thursday.
posted by Caduceus at 11:48 AM on January 31, 2009


This thread had seven comments before I posted! Ah, geez, I fucked it up.
posted by telstar at 11:49 AM on January 31, 2009


Yeah, but who's counting?
posted by GleepGlop at 11:50 AM on January 31, 2009


You should cash in all those favorites for a ticket to Vegas. I tried taking mine to the counter next to the animatronics, but all I could afford was a little remote controlled car or a stuffed panda bear. Fuck that, I'm saving for the Super Soaker 7000.
posted by carsonb at 11:52 AM on January 31, 2009 [1 favorite]


pphhttt.
posted by msconduct at 12:03 PM on January 31, 2009


This means you do 7777 points of hit damage, right? Wait, that's FF7.
posted by dead cousin ted at 12:03 PM on January 31, 2009 [1 favorite]


You know who else had 7777 favorites?


couldn't resist
posted by nax at 12:08 PM on January 31, 2009


I checked and see that I'm 17 away from 1k favorites. But I despise the favorites system. Can I legitimately beg for those last 17? Or do I stay true to my principles? What to do. What to do.
posted by CunningLinguist at 12:13 PM on January 31, 2009 [5 favorites]


Principles win! Do not favorite this comment.
posted by CunningLinguist at 12:14 PM on January 31, 2009 [26 favorites]


At 7 different times during the day, it was 77° in 7 different cities for the 7/7/7 Live Earth Show. That's seven 7's, bitch.
posted by gman at 12:16 PM on January 31, 2009


Making a metatalk thread about the receipt of a ton of favorites? What were you thinking?
posted by cashman at 12:19 PM on January 31, 2009


That seems like a ton of favorites to you?
posted by Astro Zombie at 12:23 PM on January 31, 2009 [1 favorite]


A bunch? A buttload? Maybe a sackful?
posted by cashman at 12:41 PM on January 31, 2009


Yes, but how many best answers? Everyone agrees that best answers are more indicative of your MetaFilter superiority standing. That, and lowness of user number.
posted by ctmf at 12:45 PM on January 31, 2009


This is my 194th MeTa comment.
posted by slogger at 12:49 PM on January 31, 2009


I have 1606 comments favorited by others. Not a 7 to be seen.

In other news: My iTunes (on random) is currently playing "Grapefruit Moon." I like it when this happens when I'm posting to MetaFilter. Makes me feel squishy in my secret Christmas place.
posted by grapefruitmoon at 12:52 PM on January 31, 2009


Your secret Christmas place? I can never keep up with the terminology, and by MeTa standards, I am a kid.
posted by Caduceus at 12:57 PM on January 31, 2009


I was not really counting my shit (I'm unwitty) until I saw old Obese has more than most users who have been here for years in under two months. My god, Joe, you an old timer's sock puppet?
Now, it's personal.
posted by dawson at 1:19 PM on January 31, 2009


Makes me feel squishy in my secret Christmas place

But what about Kwanzaa?
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 1:27 PM on January 31, 2009 [1 favorite]


I'm not sure if I'm supposed to be sickened or aroused. Or possibly both.
posted by dead cousin ted at 1:28 PM on January 31, 2009


If all goes well, I'll recieve my 666th favorite sometime late 2011. If a user namned Satan (or somesuch) does the favoriting, I'll let you know.
posted by soundofsuburbia at 1:28 PM on January 31, 2009 [1 favorite]


Damn, my number is 467.. I had no idea it was that high. I guess that makes me happy.
posted by crapmatic at 1:30 PM on January 31, 2009


4+6+7=17

You've got the most random number of comments!
posted by Dumsnill at 1:39 PM on January 31, 2009


You missed a chance to post an anti-favorite diatribe, going on for thousands of words about how stupid, stale, flat and unpalatable are all of the uses of these favorites; how they've turned a once vibrant community into a festering den of favorite whoring jackasses; how ninety percent of the responses to posts are the penultimate contribution to a dying culture-- pop culture references to 80s movies and strained puns, and once you've gotten to the point that the mods are sending you mefimail asking if you need a break, you point out your 7777th favorite by LuckySeven~ and lean back in your chair with a nice, long, satisfied "aaaaaaaaaaaaaah".
posted by stavrogin at 1:41 PM on January 31, 2009 [5 favorites]


If a user namned Satan (or somesuch)...

Is 'namned' some sort of hybrid between damned and named?
posted by gman at 1:57 PM on January 31, 2009


Here you could have noted this milestone, quietly closed your account and made ONE wish for anything - absolutely ANYTHING at all!

Instead you just had to come over and blab about it in MetaTalk, and now what do you have? Your blar-de-blar-whatever-eth favorite from the user named Who Gives a Fuck? Which, along with two bucks, two quarters and a nickle will buy you a tall non-fat latte at Starbucks.
posted by nanojath at 2:16 PM on January 31, 2009 [1 favorite]


I was not really counting my shit (I'm unwitty) until I saw old Obese has more than most users who have been here for years in under two months.

I favourite for a buck a piece if you're interested in increasing your illusion of popularity.
posted by gman at 2:22 PM on January 31, 2009


From whence cometh Secret Christmas Place. Warning: Contains Sarah Palin related program activities.
posted by grapefruitmoon at 2:24 PM on January 31, 2009 [1 favorite]


So LuckySeven~ is your sock puppet? Awesome timing!

I kid, of course.
posted by KevinSkomsvold at 2:30 PM on January 31, 2009


I just got my first AND my second kitten.
posted by cortex (staff) at 2:48 PM on January 31, 2009 [4 favorites]


OMG Kittehs!
posted by Caduceus at 2:50 PM on January 31, 2009


Yeah, well with just four more comments on the blue, I'll have achieved perfect blue/green balance. That has to be worth something.
posted by Pater Aletheias at 2:53 PM on January 31, 2009 [1 favorite]


That's breakfast for both me AND... who's that other person again?
posted by Dumsnill at 2:55 PM on January 31, 2009


I just got my first AND my second kitten.

They look delicious. So, when's dinner?
posted by loquacious at 2:57 PM on January 31, 2009


I favorited a comment of yours last night, I think - it was a damn good comment, too. What number did I get? 7776? 7773? Should I go buy a lottery ticket? Maybe I should go buy a lottery ticket.
posted by mygothlaundry at 3:13 PM on January 31, 2009


Kitties! Awesome. How'd you come upon them?
posted by dead cousin ted at 3:15 PM on January 31, 2009


Makes me feel squishy in my secret Christmas place.

I remember the first time I felt squishy in my secret Christmas place. It's a special moment in a young girl's life, the moment she discovers the joy of her own - oh wait. I'm thinking of something else.
posted by Evangeline at 3:15 PM on January 31, 2009


Kitties! Awesome. How'd you come upon them?

Gross.
posted by waraw at 3:27 PM on January 31, 2009 [1 favorite]


Now you have to change your name to Sven.
posted by not_on_display at 3:54 PM on January 31, 2009


Favorites are nothing more than a measure of how loudly and eloquently you can agree with the majority.
posted by Afroblanco at 4:15 PM on January 31, 2009 [2 favorites]


I'm gonna undo all my favorites of your comments and screw up the count.
posted by Fuzzy Skinner at 4:17 PM on January 31, 2009


Honestly, I'd been planning to close my account at 5000.

If I hit 10,000 favorites, I promise to trade them all in for the coveted Meta-blue jet ski and then close my account.
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 4:26 PM on January 31, 2009


Favorites are nothing more than a measure of how loudly and eloquently you can agree with the majority.

I'm pretty sure at least half of my favorites are from Joe Beese.
posted by dunkadunc at 4:28 PM on January 31, 2009 [2 favorites]


not that i'm not flattered.
posted by dunkadunc at 4:44 PM on January 31, 2009 [1 favorite]


dunkadunc: "I'm pretty sure at least half of my favorites are from Joe Beese."

What's the favorite-giving equivalent of "favorite whoring"?
posted by Joe Beese at 5:01 PM on January 31, 2009 [1 favorite]


favorite johnning?
posted by Nick Verstayne at 5:16 PM on January 31, 2009


johning?
posted by Nick Verstayne at 5:17 PM on January 31, 2009


*Looks out the window, notices that overhead, without any fuss, the stars are going out.*
posted by octothorpe at 5:18 PM on January 31, 2009 [10 favorites]


When I get my 6000th favorite, I'll hopefully be killing a sixpack.
posted by jonmc at 5:38 PM on January 31, 2009 [1 favorite]


Favorites are nothing more than a measure of how loudly and eloquently you can agree with the majority.

Often true, but sometimes you can rack up a bunch by eloquently agreeing with the minority.
posted by Pater Aletheias at 6:00 PM on January 31, 2009


Is 'namned' some sort of hybrid between damned and named?

\m/

posted by soundofsuburbia at 6:30 PM on January 31, 2009


Favorites are nothing more than a measure of how loudly and eloquently you can agree with the majority.

Or sometimes how loudly and eloquently you can disagree with nearly everyone, you wrongheaded marmot-molesting wastrel.
posted by loquacious at 6:39 PM on January 31, 2009 [3 favorites]


Favorites are nothing more than a measure of how loudly and eloquently you can agree with the majority.

Afroblanco, I dig your funky vibe my friend, but this is a site with roughly 80000 members, who are famous for being willing to argue to the death over which nostril to pick first. Just what 'majority' are you referring to?
posted by jonmc at 7:13 PM on January 31, 2009


The one in my pants, obviously.
posted by carsonb at 7:21 PM on January 31, 2009


7777*7??

How many were going to St. Ives?
posted by Nick Verstayne at 7:25 PM on January 31, 2009 [1 favorite]


The one in my pants, obviously.

That's a bad crowd. Full of nuts and assholes.
posted by jonmc at 7:26 PM on January 31, 2009 [2 favorites]


This thread is not one of my favourites.
posted by orange swan at 7:42 PM on January 31, 2009


I recently got my 1405th favorite. Through an amazing coincidence which I feel deserves to be pointed out here, that is also, measured in millimeters, the size of my penis.
posted by drjimmy11 at 7:54 PM on January 31, 2009


Nice use of the "7" tag, as well. Megakudos.
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 8:12 PM on January 31, 2009 [1 favorite]


Fucking showoff. I work my ass off to snark & insight, (I verbed!) & I still barely have a 1/2 ratio. Goddam you all!

My 709th favorite was from Guy_Inamonkeysuit. I think there's some kind of unseen happenstance there. Welcome to my Grandfaloon, Guy_Inamonkeysuit!
posted by Devils Rancher at 8:30 PM on January 31, 2009 [1 favorite]


It's that job thing I have, isn't it?
posted by Devils Rancher at 8:31 PM on January 31, 2009


I only have 186. Granted, I could talk more, but....

[sighs and goes back to trying to blend into the wallpaper]
posted by dogmom at 8:38 PM on January 31, 2009 [3 favorites]


They shouldn't be called favorites, it conveys and inherent bias and assumption when used.

Let's call'em "tacos"
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 8:47 PM on January 31, 2009


mmmm tacos. Brandon, I realized I eat a ridiculous amount of Taco Bueno when itemizing my taxes today. Somehow, I knew you'd appreciate that.
posted by Unicorn on the cob at 8:59 PM on January 31, 2009


Ok. I like mine in a flour torilla, no lettuce, no tomato, with hot sauce cheese and sour cream. I'd also like so mylanta.
posted by jonmc at 9:00 PM on January 31, 2009


chili rellenos
posted by netbros at 9:02 PM on January 31, 2009


Eh, tell me when puke & cry makes his 20736th comment (his grossest ever).
posted by BrotherCaine at 10:01 PM on January 31, 2009


Just what 'majority' are you referring to?

The majority of people reading any given thread.

Often true, but sometimes you can rack up a bunch by eloquently agreeing with the minority.

Possible, but unlikely.

you wrongheaded marmot-molesting wastrel.

Hey, that marmot was at least 18 in marmot years!
posted by Afroblanco at 10:23 PM on January 31, 2009


The 777s.
posted by Sailormom at 11:06 PM on January 31, 2009


But surely this thread could not garner 77 comments. That would be too weird.
posted by Rhaomi at 11:30 PM on January 31, 2009


Hey, that marmot was at least 18 in marmot years!

YOU WERE AT A PETTING ZOO, NOT A HEAVY PETTING ZOO.
posted by loquacious at 12:04 AM on February 1, 2009 [1 favorite]


You had to be that guy loquacious.
posted by peeedro at 12:10 AM on February 1, 2009


Damn you loquacious, it was 77 comments (7 new).
posted by orthogonality at 12:17 AM on February 1, 2009


What a clod.

(providing filler to get to 777 comments so loquacious can make the 778th)
posted by peeedro at 12:21 AM on February 1, 2009 [1 favorite]


Favorites are nothing more than a measure of how loudly and eloquently you can agree with the majority.

This is true. I wish there were a new, quick, dismissive word for the opposite of a troll -- the person who gets a whole group to loudly coalesce around some conventional thought.
posted by ferdydurke at 1:07 AM on February 1, 2009 [2 favorites]


I am torn between ironically favoritng every comment in this thread, and making a snarky favorite-bashing comment to fish for favorites.

On second thought, I'd rather make some tea.
posted by ghost of a past number at 2:16 AM on February 1, 2009 [2 favorites]


Am, someone's being very clever. ;)
posted by orthogonality at 4:11 AM on February 1, 2009


I WOULD LIKE TO LOUDLY AGREE WITH WHOEVER IS IN THE MAJORITY IN THIS THREAD.
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken at 4:20 AM on February 1, 2009 [6 favorites]


Favorites are nothing more than a measure of how loudly and eloquently you can agree with the majority.
posted by Afroblanco at 7:15 PM on January 31 [3 favorites +]

Not true. Favorites are simply a measure of how loudly and eloquently you can agree with the majority.
posted by Afroblanco at 7:05 PM on January 28 [6 favorites +]


Still, you seem to be a whore for them.
posted by gman at 6:33 AM on February 1, 2009 [1 favorite]


I WOULD LIKE TO LOUDLY AGREE WITH WHOEVER IS IN THE MAJORITY IN THIS THREAD.

As a sheeple who wishes to be in the majority, I had no choice but to favorite that. What do we call this kind of thread -- a Flame-in? a Flame-on?
posted by Devils Rancher at 6:35 AM on February 1, 2009


Yeah, well with just four more comments on the blue, I'll have achieved perfect blue/green balance. That has to be worth something.

Take it to the Teal, Pater Aletheias.
posted by lukemeister at 7:22 AM on February 1, 2009


What sounds better, "I got 7777 favorites" or "I got 7777 tacos" ? You know the answer Matt, lets do this!

Cortex, if he doesn't, just think "What would Felix Gaeta do?"
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 8:20 AM on February 1, 2009 [1 favorite]


Still, you seem to be a whore for them.

Still, you seem to like making false assumptions.
posted by Afroblanco at 8:20 AM on February 1, 2009


Favorites are nothing more than a measure of how loudly and eloquently you can agree with the majority.

Oh, indubitably, indubitably.
posted by Alvy Ampersand at 8:22 AM on February 1, 2009


Okay, so now it's my fault if people favorite my comments. This is getting weird.

I never said there was anything wrong with having people favorite your stuff. I'm just saying that it's only a measure of how many people agree with you. Seems pretty obvious to me. I brought it up here because I figured it was relevant to the discussion.

And that's pretty much it. But I guess if you want to read some more-sinister motive into my comments, I guess there really isn't a whole lot I can do about it.
posted by Afroblanco at 8:32 AM on February 1, 2009


The "loudly" in your "how loudly and eloquently" may read to a lot of people as being less than flattering—not implying "speak clearly and with heft" so much as "being a loudmoth" in flavor, say.

That may not be how you meant it; that you're hitting the Not That There's Anything Wrong With That button at this point makes sense, in that case. Whether you mean "no, I meant loudly-as-in-effectively, not loudly-as-in-loudmouth" or instead "being a loudmouth is awesome" I dunno, and you could probably clarify that a bit more.

But given the plausible unflattering read, that's probably what Alvy's getting at with the switcheroo there.

Next, I will explain the joke about the horse and the bartender and the "why the long face" punchline.
posted by cortex (staff) at 8:59 AM on February 1, 2009 [1 favorite]


Favorites are nothing more than a measure of how loudly and eloquently you can agree with the majority.

Okay, so now it's my fault if people favorite my comments.

If there wasn't anything derogatory implied in your initial observation, I'm not sure why you take a defensive tone when it is applied to yourself. I honestly don't entirely disagree, but it is sorta amusing that you originally made a pithy comment casting folks who garner favorites as perpetuating the echo-chamber for an amorphous and undefined majority and then, when it is turned around on you, present a more nuanced position.

Fulll Disclosure: I don't actually own a L'il Stinker beanie.
posted by Alvy Ampersand at 9:03 AM on February 1, 2009


Whether you mean "no, I meant loudly-as-in-effectively, not loudly-as-in-loudmouth" or instead "being a loudmouth is awesome" I dunno, and you could probably clarify that a bit more.

Aaah.

No, I didn't mean "loudmouth." When I said "loudly," I think I mostly meant a combination of vehemence and singlemindedness. And I won't deny that I've made comments in that vain before. I've just noticed that highly opinionated comments that happen to represent the majority opinion tend to get a disproportionate amount of favorites. I didn't even really think that was a particularly controversial observation to make.
posted by Afroblanco at 9:35 AM on February 1, 2009


I don't favorite comments because I agree with them. I favorite comments that, every time I reread them, make me laugh.
posted by Astro Zombie at 9:43 AM on February 1, 2009


I favorite comments that I agree with, comments that I enjoy, comments that I want to remember for later, comments that are blatantly fishing for favorites, and comments in the general vicinity of the previous.
posted by flatluigi at 10:07 AM on February 1, 2009


I like to flag anything which has a lot of favourites.
posted by gman at 10:33 AM on February 1, 2009


Oh, and someone give this post one more to make 7.
posted by gman at 10:33 AM on February 1, 2009


The word, I believe, is demagogue. Which, wiki informs me, has amusingly if unflatteringly been defined as "one who will preach doctrines he knows to be untrue to men he knows to be idiots."
posted by kaspen at 12:46 PM on February 1, 2009


This is the 101st comment on this thread.
posted by Navelgazer at 2:23 PM on February 1, 2009


This is the 102nd. ha ha.
posted by stavrogin at 2:37 PM on February 1, 2009


Jah Rastafari. The end of Babylon!
posted by tellurian at 3:14 PM on February 1, 2009


[User number x Best Answer] + the square root [favorites] divided by [MetaTalk comments - AskMe comments] = Greatest Mefi Member, Ever!

I'm going to work on this formula all night if I have to until it comes out right. Right=Secret Life of Gravy IS the Devil's Whore.
posted by Secret Life of Gravy at 5:05 PM on February 1, 2009


...just think "What would Felix Gaeta do?"

Be an insufferable little gimp bitch.
posted by turgid dahlia at 6:19 PM on February 1, 2009 [3 favorites]


I just looked at orthogonality's favorites and saw this:

MeTa post: Seven seven seven seven by seven
favorited 7 times, recently by Brandon Blatcher, Rhaomi, Kattullus, roomthreeseventeen, limeonaire, Blazecock Pileon, gman
Almost 7 hours ago

posted by defenestration at 6:34 PM on February 1, 2009


LIES.
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 7:06 PM on February 1, 2009


Favorites are nothing more than a measure of how loudly and eloquently you can agree with the majority.

Actually, come to think of it, I just remembered that I gave away the Secrets to Metafilter Favoriting Success like 18 months ago, and only one (#6) is a 'how loudly and eloquently you can agree with the majority'.

Walk the Eightfold Path, friends.

Then again, orthogonality's garnered like twice as much +fave loveclicking as me, so what do I know?
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken at 10:45 PM on February 1, 2009


ferdydurke : This is true. I wish there were a new, quick, dismissive word for the opposite of a troll -- the person who gets a whole group to loudly coalesce around some conventional thought.

I agree with you that HITLER WAS A BAD GUY, and that NAZIS KIND OF SUCK, but KITTENS AND PUPPIES ARE PRETTY GREAT, also, BACON IS TASTY!

WHO'S WITH ME?!
posted by quin at 10:14 AM on February 2, 2009


GG ALLIN WAS THE BEST ROCK AND ROLL MUSICIAN EVAR! WHO'S WITH ME?!

also, Bacon is tasty.
posted by not_on_display at 10:29 AM on February 2, 2009




MeFi: I'd favorite it. If I had opposable thumbs.

But seriously. What interests me is the ratio of favorited comments to the comments one has favorited, multiplied by the number of FPPs one has made (on any subsite) minus the square of the number of FPPs *and* comments one has had deleted for cause by a mod (-10 for each personal contact from a mod telling one to zip it, and be honest!), and multiplied by the square root of the number of best answers one has acquired on AskMe. Or something like that. And I'd like the output to be displayed graphically on our profiles now that we are gonna have speedy new servers, updated in near-realtime form, like a stock ticker.

And let's be honest. You can mock it all you want, but the favorite system plays a complex role in the social economy here, and I think a somewhat significant one. I find myself using favorites to communicate many kinds of messages and meta-messages, to bookmark things I'd read again for pleasure (Miko owns that category), and to signify support in arguments (favoriting because I agree rather than to applaud the quality of the expression of the sentiment with which I agree). Of course, such intentions are hard to communicate with a simple gesture of making a public binary choice of thumbs up or thumbs sideways (since the default is "unfavorited" for most comments, and some percentage of FPPs as well -- there is no "thumbs down" other than deletion or interpretive criticism in the thread or on MeTa, or backchannel over email, I suppose, but that's a whole other sociological topic). It would be interesting to know how the favoriting economy works in more quantified terms across the site. I suspect people favorite more often as the system matures, overall, and that things that seem like coincidences -- like orthogonality's numerological mystical experience -- will become more common in our future. Thus does the ecology of a community change over time, incrementally, and with much of the development process hidden from consciousness or discourse.

Some say the favoriting economy has deleterious effects on the quality of the community -- I know I've seen discussion of this on MeTa before. But it's also a means of expression and communication which has gradually become embedded in our interactions, and naturalized in our reading habits and posting styles,. We are soaking in it already, like climate change.

Then there is the ability to de-favorite a prior favorite. This suggests another level of complexity -- the *dynamic* use of favorites, a kind of mood ring for the site if we could capture it in a live data presentation. (A sidebar that showed posts getting a lot of favorites automatically would be strong incentive to game that system, but the extra step that protects that system -- the flagging and moderation process that leads to sidebarred posts -- is not as dynamic a view of the pulse of the community as an automatic favorites feed on the front page. I'm not suggesting this just doing the thought experiment.) De-favoriting is, I think, a significant if rare gesture in MeFi's discursive dance. Because I certainly have favorited comments, then hovered over the decision and changed my mind in the past, not our of malice, but out of a sense of avoiding grade inflation (I am a teacher, so it's intuitive) -- respect for the system, in fact. But I imagine there must be occasions when someone de-favorites comments for other reasons -- anger, rejection, or a simple need to prune and organize (I can imagine many a mild internet-OCD case developing around tracking the favoriting economy of Metafilter from day to day.)

Just musings. Late in the thread. But this subject interests me as a social scientist. I've got around 1800 favorites (but who's counting?) at the moment, and I'm sorta proud of that because some of them were for posts I labored over or meant to be good writing as well as decent in substance. Nothing wrong with taking a little pride for effort, right? Some of them, I suspect, would be a little less prideful, representing situations where I had a polarizing effect on the conversation and folks took sides by favoriting this or that comment just because it was on their side of an issue. Guilty as charged, because I know I've done that as a faovriter -- a sort of mild bullying if it's a real pile-on for one side. I would go back and de-favorite, I'm sure . . . if wishes were fast trains to Texas. ("It's only a website, it's only a website . . .")

It would be interesting to have a more fine-grained tagging or flagging system, in some ways -- a choice for "great writing" or "above and beyond" would be cool -- davey_darling, for example, just scored an "above and beyond" in my most recent AskMe question. Neither a "favorite" nor a "best answer" really does the job of paying it forward (and I often resort to the perhaps dubious process of thanking people in the thread). You know, the people who draw a solution and scan it in and post it to answer a question? Or who write a detailed description of some arcane technical procedure?

Or this could be too fussy, too big city, and detract from the more qualitative reputational community in which we mostly read each other's words pretty regularly and comprehensively, the old small town feel many lament anew with each successive cohort of new MeFites.

OK, done riffing.
posted by fourcheesemac at 10:12 PM on February 3, 2009 [3 favorites]


Holy shit dude, consider my mind blown.
posted by peeedro at 9:45 PM on February 11, 2009


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