Can we tag favorites, please? (Redux) March 11, 2010 5:12 PM   Subscribe

It's been about a year since I last posted asking for favorite tagging to be introduced. In that post, Matt said he thought that this was a feature that should be added, going so far as to do a mock-up of how it would work. He also said to bug him about its implementation "in a year after I've forgotten we should add it." I'm taking him up on that offer.

pb's last comment in that thread indicated they were working on it and it was a bigger job than first anticipated, so I can understand why it has taken some time.

But I really think that this feature will make favorites far more useful than they currently are and I'm keen to see its implementation. I'm hoping this timely, friendly reminder goes some way towards achieving that.
posted by Effigy2000 to Feature Requests at 5:12 PM (39 comments total) 9 users marked this as a favorite

I would be so happy if this happened. Literally yesterday I started sifting through my thousands of favorites and saving them in Diigo (a bookmark manager) just so I could tag them and find them later.
posted by Nattie at 5:15 PM on March 11, 2010 [1 favorite]


I support this idea.
posted by brundlefly at 5:15 PM on March 11, 2010


My slithy toves at this brillig suggestion.
posted by turgid dahlia at 5:27 PM on March 11, 2010 [2 favorites]


I going to tag this post as awesome as soon as I can. Mostly to piss off the guy who asked that people stop using that word.

I can't find the comment to link to, so I don't know who said it, but jessamyn said we don't have to stop using it so I am not!
posted by cjorgensen at 5:30 PM on March 11, 2010


I will tag cjorgenson's comment as 'cromulent' as soon as the feature is embiggened.
posted by fixedgear at 5:42 PM on March 11, 2010 [1 favorite]


This is something we'll revisit soon. I know you've been waiting for this one, and I'm sorry we got your hopes up so long ago. Feature ideas come and go and not everything we build or want to build gets rolled into the site.

We're all in Austin right now (at a meetup!) so it will be a while before we can let you know if we'll be adding this back to our radar.
posted by pb (staff) at 5:55 PM on March 11, 2010


Yeah, I was gonna say, you probably shouldn't ask when they're all partying their asses off at SXSW. They may accidentally, drunkenly disable your accou---.........*pop*
posted by Ufez Jones at 5:59 PM on March 11, 2010 [2 favorites]


I really hope you put a reminder in your calendar that prompted this post.
posted by smackfu at 6:02 PM on March 11, 2010


Serious question: why can't you just use del.icio.us? Is it that it's not built-in? There are countless bookmarklets / browser extensions / greasemonkey scripts to make del.icio.us as integrated as favorites currently are.
posted by Rhomboid at 6:08 PM on March 11, 2010


Yeah, but what about favourite flagging?

kidding
posted by bwg at 6:08 PM on March 11, 2010


I really hope you put a reminder in your calendar that prompted this post.

In the MetaFilter calendar. Pony?
posted by fixedgear at 6:25 PM on March 11, 2010 [2 favorites]


If tagging favorites is too hard, how about favoriting tags instead?
As I noted in another recent thread about favorites, the mods have, in the past, said we should see and use favorites for whatever we think they should be used for. Until the favorite tagging option is introduced, I see favorites as being simply a quick way to assign a simple measure of indicative popularity to a post or comment and I think this is what most other people see the feature as being useful for as well.
posted by pwnguin at 6:31 PM on March 11, 2010


Apparently select to copy and middle click to paste is a dangerous idea--I only meant to contribute the first line. Pastefail =(
posted by pwnguin at 6:33 PM on March 11, 2010


While we're on the subject, I would like flavored flagging. Maybe a snozzberry flag, for posts that are especially delicious.
posted by inigo2 at 6:33 PM on March 11, 2010


I would like tasered flagging. *begins composing multi-page chatfilter*
posted by pompomtom at 7:23 PM on March 11, 2010


"flavored flogging"?!

It's fun reading threads without my glasses
posted by Kerasia at 7:25 PM on March 11, 2010 [2 favorites]


How about capturing flags? We could have thread wars running flags around the site.
posted by bonehead at 8:03 PM on March 11, 2010


Could we tag tags too?
posted by flabdablet at 8:11 PM on March 11, 2010


The upshot is that this give us another chance to be back-tagging superstars, going through our combined millions of favorites and labeling them all, "AstroZombie said something funny. Again."
posted by kaibutsu at 8:18 PM on March 11, 2010


All mods are wasted at SXSW?!?

Y'all tell your parents that you're staying at Reddit's house or whatever, and let's RAGE IT in here...!

I'll bring the Malibu rum, but please: Just don't puke in Quonsar's fishtank pants.
posted by rollbiz at 8:21 PM on March 11, 2010


"AstroZombie said something funny. Again."

Please point me to the previous funny comment. That guy is boring as fuck.

I could see tagging if he said something funny, since everyone would want to see that, but this again stuff? Not sure where you are coming from.

It's not like he's fixedgear or something.
posted by cjorgensen at 8:36 PM on March 11, 2010


I HEARD YOU LIKED TO TAG YOUR FAVORITES SO WE ADDED A TAGGING SYSTEM SO YOU CAN TAG WHILE YOU FAVE.
posted by The Whelk at 8:45 PM on March 11, 2010 [2 favorites]


I've been favourite tagged on You Face!
posted by Artw at 9:09 PM on March 11, 2010 [1 favorite]


Has a "suggest tags" feature for posts been talked about ever?
posted by floam at 9:09 PM on March 11, 2010


Ooh. It would be cool to be able to favorite the favorite tags.
posted by special-k at 9:45 PM on March 11, 2010


Gonna need a whole team to backtag tehloki's faves.
posted by graventy at 10:05 PM on March 11, 2010 [1 favorite]


I'll bring the Malibu rum

How did you know what I was drinking?

Matt's gone to bed so I think the answer is "not tonight"
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 10:21 PM on March 11, 2010


That guy is boring as fuck.

My inner literalist just had his mind blown contemplating what exactly is boring about fuck.
posted by Balonious Assault at 11:33 PM on March 11, 2010 [2 favorites]


it was a bigger job than first anticipated

As a coder, let me translate that for you: "It will probably never get done".
posted by blue_beetle at 5:53 AM on March 12, 2010 [2 favorites]


How did you know what I was drinking?

*hides ModTracker 2000 unit under table*

Uhh, lucky guess?
posted by quin at 7:37 AM on March 12, 2010


Not "Boring as fucking." That would be an oxymoron. Rather, "Boring as fuck." I do find the word fuck rather tiresome after a while, don't you?
posted by nebulawindphone at 7:57 AM on March 12, 2010


I await the argument about the correct tagging convention to tag a fave as "interesting" or "agreed" with baited breath.
posted by Solomon at 9:10 AM on March 12, 2010


You say that like those categories are either non-overlapping or the same. It's more than possible for a comment to be interesting, even though I don't agree; or boring, though I agree with it.... or, of course, either both or neither.
posted by FlyingMonkey at 12:14 PM on March 12, 2010


Not "Boring as fucking." That would be an oxymoron.

I know, right? It seems perfectly obvious! But if you think about it, boring and fucking actually do have quite an awful lot in common.
posted by Balonious Assault at 3:12 PM on March 12, 2010 [1 favorite]


I always understood "boring" to imply a rotary motion. Jackhammers fuck; drills bore.
posted by nebulawindphone at 4:35 PM on March 12, 2010


So do literalists, apparently.
posted by Balonious Assault at 4:41 PM on March 12, 2010 [1 favorite]


No, Klaus Fuchs; Niels Bohr.
posted by biffa at 8:49 AM on March 13, 2010 [6 favorites]


Biffa wins.
posted by nebulawindphone at 10:54 AM on March 13, 2010


As far as tagging favorite comments: while it would be nice to be able to organize the many, many comments I've favorited over the years, I feel like it would end up being so cumbersome so have tags next to favorited comments appear in threads.

What about being able to tag our favorite comments internally? As in, on my own user-dashboard thing, I could see the favorited-comment-categories that I've created (e.g., agree/what-I-was-gonna-say/insightful/funny/thanks/so-true vs keep-for-reference, which is the main favorites dichotomy, imo.)

Maybe allow people's favorited-comment tags to appear viewable to others (if they want) on their profiles, so others can see them if they really want to, but not have a tag cloud (or list) appear along with the comment/favorite count itself in the thread.

I just can envision people wanting tags like "GoodForPookiesBirthday!" or "AwesomeForMyEmbarassingIssue." It seems like if tags are personal, we don't need to see all of them. On the other hand, maybe having the tag cloud appear on the http://metatalk.metafilter.com/favorited/(number)/(number) page wouldn't be so terrible...

Just putting this out there.
posted by sentient at 11:54 AM on March 15, 2010


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