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Some MeFites use favorites as a show of support, while others (like me!) use them predominantly to save interesting posts and are unable to use them in this manner. Would it be at all possible to add some sort of "agree!" or "thanks!" button in order to separate the two functions?

We have this feature over at Mefightclub, and I find that it works remarkably well. Sorry if this has been asked already.
posted by archagon to Feature Requests at 5:15 PM (51 comments total)

101 posts tagged with favorites
posted by desjardins at 5:18 PM on March 28, 2009


Would you like me to wade through all those in hope of finding a request similar to mine?
posted by archagon at 5:18 PM on March 28, 2009


101 comments about tagging favorites
posted by niles at 5:19 PM on March 28, 2009


On non-preview, the tagging favorites thread is essentially what you're asking about
posted by niles at 5:20 PM on March 28, 2009


Ah, nevermind. Favorites tagging sounds pretty good, assuming it's still being considered.
posted by archagon at 5:21 PM on March 28, 2009


26 posts tagged with favourites. Go, Commonwealth!
posted by maudlin at 5:21 PM on March 28, 2009


Thank you for the lead, and sorry about the semi-dupe. I don't read MetaTalk very often.
posted by archagon at 5:22 PM on March 28, 2009




(Well, only 2 MeTa posts that were tagged and 26 comments. For shame, Commonwealth!)
posted by maudlin at 5:22 PM on March 28, 2009


(oh, sorry, those posts are actually tagged with "favorites" (no quotes), which is an alternative American spelling for "favourites" (no quotes))
posted by Meatbomb at 5:25 PM on March 28, 2009


1 post tagged with favre.
1 post tagged with flavoraid.
1 post tagged with flavorflav.
There are no posts tagged with freelavin or flavin, however. Oy.
posted by Bernt Pancreas at 5:56 PM on March 28, 2009


If you favorite one of my comments, I usually take it to mean that you find me attractive, so keep that in mind is all I'm saying.
posted by jonmc at 6:20 PM on March 28, 2009 [5 favorites]


I favorited this request but I meant it in the "disagree" sense.
posted by DU at 6:26 PM on March 28, 2009


If you favorite one of my comments, you enter into a binding contract wherein I am allowed to take any one of your possessions I choose. Or you owe me a beer at a meetup. Either way.
posted by rollbiz at 6:27 PM on March 28, 2009


Metafilter is not Digg. (Thank God.)
posted by Chocolate Pickle at 6:31 PM on March 28, 2009


But people do dig Metafilter.
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 6:35 PM on March 28, 2009


Magically, every opinion you wish to express on MetaFilter is supported by the "Post Comment" button.
posted by GuyZero at 6:58 PM on March 28, 2009 [3 favorites]


Dig?
posted by rollbiz at 7:09 PM on March 28, 2009


I convert my favorites to proscribed glandular extracts at a black market clinic in the Tenderloin, so I don't care what you call them. Just keep clicking on that plus sign and eventually I'll have enough adrenochrome to melt diamonds with my idle thoughts.
posted by loquacious at 7:30 PM on March 28, 2009 [3 favorites]


I've been biting my tongue over it but now that someone has finally broken the ice, I'd really like to see favorites broken down into a possible selection of props, kudos, high fives, attaboys, strokes, thumbs up, gumballs, yo 'sups, dawgs, hollahs, yeehaws, woohoos, dy-no-mites, hups, blammos, barbaric yawps, hellas, sproings, blingblings, oh no you didn'ts, and terrorist fist jabs. And bookmarks, I guess.
posted by nanojath at 7:48 PM on March 28, 2009 [12 favorites]


tangerine on ask v. guess
Dispose of bodies with no mess
AskMe's final days expressed—
I've looked at faves that way.

But now I'm just collecting links
My favorite things might really stink
You cannot know just what I think
When I send faves your way.

I've looked at faves from both sides now
Bookmarks and praise, and still somehow
It's faves' illusion I recall
I really don't know faves at all.
posted by DevilsAdvocate at 8:03 PM on March 28, 2009 [4 favorites]


Can I just asky why anyone cares what I use my favourites for? (Well obviously, not me specifically, but anyone but yourself.) What difference does it make?
posted by DarlingBri at 9:04 PM on March 28, 2009


Some people use favorites in a non-ironic way?
posted by signal at 9:07 PM on March 28, 2009 [1 favorite]


I use my favorites primarily to imbue a sense of comedy or rightness in people who succeed at neither. Then they return to the real world and fail!

muhahaha
posted by graventy at 9:28 PM on March 28, 2009 [2 favorites]


Me too, graventy. Burn!
posted by nanojath at 9:37 PM on March 28, 2009 [1 favorite]


I personally like the ambiguity of MeFi's favorites. I don't know if you're agreeing or maybe you found it funny or maybe you're just bookmarking it so you can add it to your collection of reasons you hate me.
IT IS A MYSTERY.
posted by CitrusFreak12 at 9:46 PM on March 28, 2009 [2 favorites]


I favorite based on whether the post would look good next to my sofa and carpet.
posted by krinklyfig at 10:10 PM on March 28, 2009


Favorites. Whatever.

Mark this best answer
posted by infinitewindow at 10:21 PM on March 28, 2009


Could we just rename 'favourites' to 'bookmarks' or something and be done with it already?
posted by dirtynumbangelboy at 10:53 PM on March 28, 2009 [1 favorite]


archagon: "Ah, nevermind. Favorites tagging sounds pretty good, assuming it's still being considered."

As pb said in follow up to my question at the bottom of the tagging favorites post, it's still being worked on, but it's a bigger job than anyone first thought.

Sufficed to say archagon, you, I and many others are no doubt eagerly awaiting the end result.
posted by Effigy2000 at 11:00 PM on March 28, 2009


You know what's stupid? The newish "Like" button in Facebook. I don't really care if someone likes my status, or my "25 things about my asshole" list.
posted by KokuRyu at 11:56 PM on March 28, 2009


You know what's stupid? The newish "Like" button in Facebook.

Yeah, especially because there's nowhere you can see your all-time tally of "likes". How can you ever know how liked you are?

(even if some of the likes were given ironically, or as bookmarks for later)
posted by UbuRoivas at 1:10 AM on March 29, 2009


I think of every favorite as a mandate from the electorate.
posted by stavrogin at 5:55 AM on March 29, 2009


Every time you click [+], an angel gets his wings.

Think of how many years theses poor angels were wingless and had to walk down the stairs from heaven!
posted by grapefruitmoon at 6:40 AM on March 29, 2009


...and every time you click [!], I get my due.
posted by gman at 7:45 AM on March 29, 2009


DarlingBri: Can I just asky why anyone cares what I use my favourites for? (Well obviously, not me specifically, but anyone but yourself.) What difference does it make?

You're missing the point of MetaTalk, which is to alternately tell other people how to act, and be outraged that someone else would do the same to you.
posted by mkultra at 7:53 AM on March 29, 2009


I don't read MetaTalk very often.


You ... you don't ...


You're doing it wrong!



posted by Kirth Gerson at 8:06 AM on March 29, 2009


Next, Facebook will be adding a "like like" option.
posted by cortex (staff) at 8:26 AM on March 29, 2009 [3 favorites]


I HOPE I DON'T SOUND TOO SHRILL BUT JESUS FUCKING CHRIST ON A RUBBER CRUTCH CAN WE SHUT THE FUCK UP ABOUT FAVORITES ALREADY.
posted by Mister_A at 10:44 AM on March 29, 2009 [4 favorites]


You weren't shrill at all. If you had been shrill, it would have sounded more like:

Ph’nglui mglw’nafh favorites R’lyeh wagn’nagl fhtagn! Aiiiiiii!!!

(The faithful will be flagged first.)
posted by maudlin at 10:50 AM on March 29, 2009


Every time you click [+], an angel gets his wings.

Think of how many years theses poor angels were wingless and had to walk down the stairs from heaven!


Actually, every angel apartment is equipped with a teleporter; wingless angel travel is virtually effortless and instantaneous. But when an angel gets wings, (s)he is expected to use them, since they don't fit into the transporter. Winged flight is difficult to master and quite exhausting; even walking around is a pain, what with the extra weight and all.

So, basically, the more you favorite, the more angels hate you.
posted by Sys Rq at 10:53 AM on March 29, 2009 [1 favorite]


Right on, maudlin. Iä Favorites! Favorites f'tagn!
posted by Mister_A at 10:57 AM on March 29, 2009


Mister_A, I was merely proposing a solution that I've seen work elsewhere. I certainly don't believe that favorites are killing MeFi, and I didn't start the thread to complain.

"Can I just asky why anyone cares what I use my favourites for? (Well obviously, not me specifically, but anyone but yourself.) What difference does it make?"

I don't care what anyone else uses their favorites for, but favorites tagging would certainly make my life a lot easier.
posted by archagon at 12:16 PM on March 29, 2009


"I use my favorites primarily to imbue a sense of comedy or rightness in people who succeed at neither. Then they return to the real world and fail!"

Joke's on you! I never return to the real world.

"Would it be at all possible to add some sort of "agree!" or "thanks!" button in order to separate the two functions?"


There's no button, but you may have missed the fact that there is a textarea at the bottom of every MetaFilter thread where you can enter your agreement (or even disagreement!) with anyone's comment. HTH!
posted by Eideteker at 1:03 PM on March 29, 2009


I suggested pretty much the same thing this once and it got shot down in flames.
posted by adamrice at 5:40 PM on March 29, 2009


I mod this idea down.
posted by flabdablet's sock puppet at 5:42 PM on March 29, 2009


The whole "favorites = what?" dilemma that seems to come up on a weekly basis these days is like the discussion of MVP (Most Valuable Player) awards in sports. What does "Valuable" even mean? Is the award supposed to honor the best player? Then why not just call it Player of the Year or something? Is it supposed to go to the player who had the most impact on his team? What does that even mean? But really, the fact that the award is ambiguously named and not well defined merely contributes to its relevance, as it ensures a perennial debate about not only the recipient of the award, but the award itself. It is suggested that the leagues/organizations that award an MVP award specifically do not rename or redefine the award for that very reason. In that spirit, I think that mathowie is secretly chuckling and rubbing his hands together every time we get into these fervent debates.
posted by Rock Steady at 6:18 AM on March 30, 2009


Regarding Facebook "likes" - they're for when you're too lazy to type a comment, or you have nothing interesting to say (usually the latter).
posted by desjardins at 10:11 AM on March 30, 2009 [1 favorite]


Actually, the above is generally why I favorite Metafilter comments too.
posted by desjardins at 10:11 AM on March 30, 2009


Can I just asky why anyone cares what I use my favourites for? (Well obviously, not me specifically, but anyone but yourself.) What difference does it make?

We can just stipulate that we all understand that it doesn't really make a difference in any sort of OMG CALL JACK BAUER WE'RE ALL GOING TO DIE way, right?

That said, people care because they care and because 'favorite" implies a value judgment. The fact that something has been "favorited" gets bandied about as proof that something is awesome or that everyone is racist because 347 people favorited something. So my use of favorites as a bookmarking system plays into other people's ego/persecution.
posted by phearlez at 1:06 PM on March 30, 2009


I don't care for the idea. What a loss for metafilter if writers of posts like this one just decided to click "I agree" or "I disagree" instead of commenting.
posted by txvtchick at 7:35 PM on March 30, 2009


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