Smile/Tilt Head/Favorite/Move On/Come Back/Smile Again March 25, 2009 8:43 PM   Subscribe

Has anyone ever mark favorite on a post in an AskMe thread in hopes that will light the way for the OP to mark it as Best Answer?

I'm seeing a lot of great peer-to-peer rewarding taking place. It has greatly enriched my browsing and dialog.
posted by parmanparman to MetaFilter-Related at 8:43 PM (41 comments total) 1 user marked this as a favorite

I have mark a favorite on a post in AskMe in hopes that will light the way.
posted by Curry at 8:52 PM on March 25, 2009 [7 favorites]


Aw I just like clicking on stuff in general.
posted by aubilenon at 9:09 PM on March 25, 2009 [12 favorites]


I'm going to mark this thread as a favorite and maybe it will light the way for Cortex to close it.
posted by CRM114 at 9:39 PM on March 25, 2009 [5 favorites]


I do not, but I do hope parmanparman gives CRM114 the checkmark in this one.
posted by Alvy Ampersand at 9:51 PM on March 25, 2009 [2 favorites]


Oh, what the hell, you only live once!
posted by Alvy Ampersand at 9:51 PM on March 25, 2009 [1 favorite]


The OP has their prerogative. Why would the OP mark as best answer something that others favourited -some mefi's favourite stuff that's flat out stupid so they can find it easily to use against the same poster who posts something related but specious.

Favoouriting is for myself.
posted by porpoise at 9:52 PM on March 25, 2009 [1 favorite]


He rode a blazing saddle
He wore a shining star
His job to offer battle
To bad men near and far.
He conquered fear
And he conquered hate
He turned our night into day
He made his [add to favorites]
A torch to light the way.
posted by Fiasco da Gama at 9:55 PM on March 25, 2009 [2 favorites]


SUCH FLAGRANT ABUSE OF FAVORITES
posted by baphomet at 10:00 PM on March 25, 2009 [2 favorites]


Yes and no; I'll do this if I think that a particular answer is correct. And some of my answers have been favorited by others I suspect for that reason.
posted by orthogonality at 10:07 PM on March 25, 2009 [1 favorite]


SMILE/TILT HEAD

wait, what?
posted by Orrorin at 10:16 PM on March 25, 2009


I usually favourite it if it's essentially a reflection of what I was going to say already. Then I go ahead and say it anyway, because I've got to keep my comment average up.
posted by turgid dahlia at 10:18 PM on March 25, 2009 [3 favorites]


This thread was all fun and games until I noticed the "sociology" tag.

Total bringdown, man.
posted by dhammond at 10:21 PM on March 25, 2009 [2 favorites]


Cortex: My friend mark favorite, he get Best Answer, he light the way. Why no?
posted by SpiffyRob at 10:36 PM on March 25, 2009 [5 favorites]


I sometimes mark answers as favorites in AskMe as a way of saying "Yes, I agree with this one" if I don't have anything of my own to add to the answering process. I don't know if it will necessarily light the way for the OP but it might help give more weight to certain answers if they are heavily favorited.
posted by amyms at 10:45 PM on March 25, 2009 [2 favorites]


Yeah, I'll do this occasionally. More often, though, if I like a particular answer that's already been marked "best" I'll abstain from favoriting it, as I feel like the commentor already knows that they've been heard.

I'd also love to know the origin of the "why no?" meme, as my google only returns "why not" and the like.
posted by Navelgazer at 10:50 PM on March 25, 2009 [1 favorite]


pita make he thread, he ask MetaTalk. Why no?
posted by winna at 10:53 PM on March 25, 2009 [3 favorites]


Fun fact: In any given MeTa thread about favorites, someone will eventually go through and hit a bunch of the [+] signs on the comments within.
posted by flatluigi at 11:28 PM on March 25, 2009 [2 favorites]


I do, but I have to be careful how I hand out favorites. People are watching.
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 12:01 AM on March 26, 2009 [2 favorites]


All signs point to 'maybe'.
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken at 1:00 AM on March 26, 2009 [1 favorite]


MeTas about favorites are my favorites!
posted by jerseygirl at 3:02 AM on March 26, 2009 [1 favorite]


I like the ones about ponies!
posted by gman at 3:35 AM on March 26, 2009 [1 favorite]


Has anyone ever mark favorite on a post in an AskMe thread in hopes that will light the way for the OP to mark it as Best Answer?


ME, ME I did that! I marked a thread as a favourite and I didn't sleep all night! And the next day when I woke up, some cunt had deleted the post. But it WAS the best answer. My answer was:

"Perhaps, or maybe"
posted by mattoxic at 3:48 AM on March 26, 2009 [1 favorite]


I asked one question on ask.mf and then later I received an email badgering me to choose a best answer. I didn't like receiving the email (not that it ruined my day or anything either) because I felt there was some subtext of junior-high-popularity-contest-feeling. It may be/have been just my problem, but I don't find much value in the "choose a best answer" feature.
posted by peter_meta_kbd at 3:53 AM on March 26, 2009 [1 favorite]


Why is there no flagging option "Pancake"?
posted by Kirth Gerson at 4:02 AM on March 26, 2009 [1 favorite]


Seriously I would like a worst answer feature. But then again that's what metatalk is for I suppose

a monosyllablic "no" or "yes" in response to a question really shits me for some reason.

"dunno" would be preferable
posted by mattoxic at 4:20 AM on March 26, 2009 [1 favorite]


but I don't find much value in the "choose a best answer" feature.

The value isn't for you. Choose a best answer is the thank-you gift you give back to the community for taking the time to consider your question. By marking what actually worked, people who are using the archives in the future know which answer to start with, making the information in your thread more useful to others in the community.

It's a lot less relevant in relationship-filter or a 'give me some X that are like Y' questions where there isn't a way to really declare something to be the "right" answer.
posted by jacquilynne at 6:06 AM on March 26, 2009 [1 favorite]


I take care of my people. They know this.
posted by Joe Beese at 6:58 AM on March 26, 2009 [1 favorite]


Fat bottoms gotta be firm.
posted by Burhanistan at 7:00 AM on March 26, 2009 [1 favorite]


Not me. I use it as internal vindication, since I usually comment in relationship questions, and in those the poster almost always knows what they want to do and just hope to get validation. So, if the question is, "I'm in a long-term relationship with a great guy I'll call "A"; the sex is wonderful, we get along great, have fun times, and plan to marry... but I can't stop thinking about this other guy, "B", who stalked me for two years and killed my dog. Should I sleep with guy B to just get that out of the way so I can go on and marry guy A with no regrets?" and 99 people answer "No!" and one person answers "Sure, why not? Monogomy suxs." I know that the person will probably choose that as "Best Answer" - but I can still favorite the better advice.
posted by taz at 7:06 AM on March 26, 2009 [3 favorites]


jacquilynne - makes sense, there are probably some questions that actually do have answers (i forget about that sometimes, too much liberal arts education)
posted by peter_meta_kbd at 7:42 AM on March 26, 2009 [1 favorite]


I didn't have anything to add to amyms comment, so I just favorited it.
posted by TedW at 7:45 AM on March 26, 2009 [1 favorite]


Mark is my favorite! He always has a light.
posted by goodnewsfortheinsane at 7:55 AM on March 26, 2009 [1 favorite]


Mark J. Favorite: He show me light, I show AskMe, why no?
posted by solipsophistocracy at 10:11 AM on March 26, 2009 [1 favorite]


Favorites as incentives?
Favorites are not currency.
Currency is incentive.
posted by blue_beetle at 11:47 AM on March 26, 2009 [1 favorite]


No, I only use Favorites as a bookmarking system.
posted by cmgonzalez at 11:48 AM on March 26, 2009 [1 favorite]


This has got me thinking about something–aren't black girls with freckles soooo cute?
posted by Mister_A at 12:18 PM on March 26, 2009 [1 favorite]


how is favrit formed? how answer get best?

They need to do way instain bestest anser> who kill thier favrit. becuse these favrit cant frigth back it was on the news this mroing a mother in ar who had mark her three best anser. they are taking the three favrit back to new york too lady to rest my pary are with the father who lost his anser; i am truley sorry for your lots
posted by jenkinsEar at 2:42 PM on March 26, 2009 [2 favorites]


I never got what "instain" was meant to mean in that thing. Insane?
posted by turgid dahlia at 3:51 PM on March 26, 2009


I find that discontinuity between answers with many favorites and answers marked as best answers usually means that the asker is ignoring other good advice in the thread that doesn't meet his pre-conceived notion of what the answer should be or is just looking for validation and didn't get it from the favorited answer. When I look back at old threads to find some information, favorites are more informative to me that best answers.
posted by iknowizbirfmark at 7:07 AM on March 27, 2009


I once had an answer given a favorite by the questioner (querier? inquirer? inquisitor? Help me, askme!), but not marked as best answer. I won't pretend that it didn't break my heart in a tiny way.
posted by gordie at 8:14 AM on March 29, 2009


Without looking at what it was, could it just be that your answer was helpful and/or useful but didn't fit with what the asker was asking?
posted by flatluigi at 10:32 AM on March 29, 2009


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