How many times was this post faved? Who knows? November 1, 2009 10:28 AM   Subscribe

Can we vote about this new favorites policy?

I'm speaking, of course, about the fact that you now can't tell how many people have favorited a comment. All favorited comments, whether favorited once or a thousand times, only show "[faved +]"* I understand the reasoning, but it seriously breaks usability for me.

Look, I come late to the party sometimes. I'll come to metatalk and there are 350 comments on the latest allegation of sexism or racism. I can't read them all, or even most of them. So I look for the greatest hits version, and I leave knowing I haven't missed anything huge. I can't do that anymore. My only options now are to read at random, read just the beginning and miss late valuable comments, or read the end and miss the early ones. This is not ideal.

I understand the desire to make this more of a community and less of a popularity contest, but some comments really are more valuable than others. I would have clicked right by this reading the thread on my own. I don't want to miss that. I thought the lack of a downvoting feature was a nice compromise. You get community approval for well-taken and insightful comments and anecdotes, but no group rejection.

Anyway, I'm sure you've thought about this a lot, and maybe it's a done deal, but it's one that makes me unhappy. Can we reconsider?

* In copying and pasting this, I see that the number of favorites is still there, just hidden. Was this intentional so that someone can write a greasemonkey script? If so, anyone know how to write a greasemonkey script? Ideally one that plays nice with this?
posted by kingjoeshmoe to Feature Requests at 10:28 AM (3 comments total) 8 users marked this as a favorite

A couple threads down, there are answers to your questions and many comments like and unlike your own. All faved.
posted by donnagirl at 10:32 AM on November 1, 2009 [1 favorite]

Probably a dumb question, but you've seen this thread, right?
posted by box at 10:33 AM on November 1, 2009

Active discussion down the page.
posted by cortex (staff) at 10:34 AM on November 1, 2009

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