Over 10,000! August 18, 2011 3:32 AM   Subscribe

Good morning, MetaFilter. At some point in the last twelve hours, I received my 10,000th favorite.

It appears to have been this comment about Juggalos that pushed me over the line. I wanted to thank the mods and each and every one of you for validating my existence, but more importantly for creating a community online that genuinely makes me feel welcome and valuable. You guys rock.
posted by Faint of Butt to MetaFilter-Related at 3:32 AM (233 comments total) 8 users marked this as a favorite

Yay for you!!! Woo hoo! Um... But aren't we supposed to or take them as votes of support because lots of people use them as bookmarks? Best answers seem to be a better indicator... but you can't see them any way that I've ever discovered.
posted by taff at 3:44 AM on August 18, 2011 [2 favorites]


Bugger. Typo. Sorry. Aren't we supposed to NOT take them as votes of support.



BTW, when I favourite someone, it's 'cause they are my favourite.
posted by taff at 3:46 AM on August 18, 2011 [1 favorite]


You can do whatever you want with your favorites, taff! I'm saving up to cash them in for the F-22.
posted by carsonb at 3:55 AM on August 18, 2011 [2 favorites]


Also, Faint of Butt, I appreciate you with words! Keep on rockin!
posted by carsonb at 3:56 AM on August 18, 2011 [1 favorite]


I've sometimes read people make some kind of remark based on some kind of analysis of another member's favourite to...something ratio. What is that ratio? I don't click on people's profiles too often so haven't absorbed what it is and whatnot means.

By the way Faint of Butt, in case I sounded sarcastic in my congratulations, I completely wasn't. I reckon you're fabbo and 10k is pretty super.
posted by taff at 4:01 AM on August 18, 2011 [1 favorite]


Oh man. Dude I hate to tell you this but you cannot catch em all! The favorites are infinite+1 even if you manage to travel FTL in non-euclidean space.
posted by Foci for Analysis at 4:02 AM on August 18, 2011 [1 favorite]


It appears sinnesloeschen was your special benefactor.

Also, at the risk of sounding like a NYTimes trend piece, is announcing your own arbitrary milestones now A Thing? We just had one two months ago. It feels slightly gauche, like throwing a party for yourself, but then again you pretty much have to be a mod for anyone else to notice. On the other hand, various individual people are crossing various milestones all the time*, so it would be weird for people to start posting about such occasions regularly. I'm two Chiangs away from a big one myself, but I'd feel cringey making a post about it. Maybe send a cheery message to the person who sent me over, but that's about it.

*thank you for freeing me from this cruel anticipatory game, papercake
posted by Rhaomi at 4:07 AM on August 18, 2011 [7 favorites]


I'm saving up to cash them in for the F-22.

I have my eye on the family camping outfit!
posted by Miko at 4:09 AM on August 18, 2011 [4 favorites]


I was just browsing through old S&H GreenStamps catalogs and Sell Grit! advertisements. If I had the (a) graphic design talent and (b) free time, it would be fun to mock up a graphic of "prizes" you could win for racking up favorites - with values for each.

Would be a fun MeFi mag back-page type of thing.
posted by Miko at 4:14 AM on August 18, 2011 [5 favorites]


*yawn*
posted by terrapin at 4:26 AM on August 18, 2011 [3 favorites]


...is announcing your own arbitrary milestones now A Thing?

Please, no. I would much prefer having a MeTa-free day to learning that somebody has accrued some arbitrary number of favorites, or best answers, or deletions, or whatever. If it means a lot toy you, that's swell. Enjoy it. Please don't think that it's any enhancement to the community, though.
posted by Kirth Gerson at 4:29 AM on August 18, 2011 [7 favorites]


Do you intend to give them to charity like Warren Buffet?
posted by ersatz at 4:46 AM on August 18, 2011 [2 favorites]


...is announcing your own arbitrary milestones now A Thing?

Yeah, I'm not getting this. Bully for you. Big deal.
posted by spitbull at 5:04 AM on August 18, 2011 [4 favorites]


I think you should at least get a signed PB action figure for that, then either Cortex or Jessamyn for 50,000.
posted by le morte de bea arthur at 5:08 AM on August 18, 2011 [1 favorite]


And a mathowie bobble-head at 500k.
posted by crunchland at 5:12 AM on August 18, 2011 [1 favorite]


I hear delmoi's got the whole set.
posted by le morte de bea arthur at 5:14 AM on August 18, 2011 [1 favorite]


Darn, we started the same day and I'm only at 5,000.
posted by octothorpe at 5:20 AM on August 18, 2011 [1 favorite]


17 more to go for me! 6000 baby, woo woo woo.

Make it happen right here, all it takes is 17 good people. Then I can make an FPP post on the front page of the MetaTalk about 6000 favourites. It will ROCK.
posted by Meatbomb at 5:23 AM on August 18, 2011 [8 favorites]


You're obviously half as clever, witty, and sexually attractive than Faint of Butt, octothorpe.
posted by crunchland at 5:23 AM on August 18, 2011 [1 favorite]


Darn, we started the same day and I'm only at 5,000.

Holy shit, octothorpe and FoB are both my $5 n00b littermates, whodathunkit? There must be some Primus Noctis thing where, as their Lord and Protector, I get to come and raid his fridge, screw his pets, etc?
posted by Meatbomb at 5:26 AM on August 18, 2011 [2 favorites]


le morte de bea arthur: "I think you should at least get a signed PB action figure for that"

If my time at Chuck E. Cheese is worth anything, I'd say he could get a Chinese finger trap for that, tops.

le morte de bea arthur: "then either Cortex or Jessamyn for 50,000."

A dozen glow-in-the-dark vampire teeth.

crunchland: "And a mathowie bobble-head at 500k"

"Xtreme" casette player with AM tuner.
posted by Rhaomi at 5:26 AM on August 18, 2011 [3 favorites]


7001. I think that gets me the home pedicure kit, no?
posted by blue_beetle at 5:26 AM on August 18, 2011 [1 favorite]


Favorites? And here I thought I was flagging you 10,000 times.
posted by three blind mice at 5:33 AM on August 18, 2011 [3 favorites]


I hate to break this to you but as you've have favourited 9336 items yourself, that currently gives you a Net Favourite Count of 694. Which, let's face it, is nothing to crow about.
posted by jontyjago at 5:39 AM on August 18, 2011 [1 favorite]


Rhaomi: is announcing your own arbitrary milestones now A Thing?

Now I sort of wish I did make a self-congratulatory MeTa that one time I made five consecutive comments without a single typo. It was a big day for me and wanted to celebrate. Maybe next time...if it there is a next time.
posted by Slack-a-gogo at 5:43 AM on August 18, 2011 [5 favorites]


I always respond to these threads by going over to my profile and unfavoriting a few dozen things that were amusing or which I wanted to endorse at the time, but which don't have lasting signifigance.
posted by Jahaza at 5:43 AM on August 18, 2011 [2 favorites]


this must be the part where i feel the heat of jealousy like a thousand burning suns - or not
posted by pyramid termite at 5:54 AM on August 18, 2011 [1 favorite]


I wonder how many times I've pooped in my life.

It's gotta be like 30,000. That's a lot of poop.
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken at 5:56 AM on August 18, 2011 [9 favorites]


I only favorite comments that I intend to use against people later when they contradict themselves.
posted by empath at 6:04 AM on August 18, 2011 [4 favorites]


Astro Zombie has over 50,000 favorites.

ThePinkSuperhero has almost 10,000 favorites just of AskMetafilter answers (over 20,000 total).
posted by John Cohen at 6:04 AM on August 18, 2011 [2 favorites]


I only favorite comments that I intend to use against people later when they contradict themselves. --- I know it's antithetical to all that is holy around here, but I think we need to have a way to reject incoming favorites.
posted by crunchland at 6:07 AM on August 18, 2011 [4 favorites]


Meatbomb: "Darn, we started the same day and I'm only at 5,000.

Holy shit, octothorpe and FoB are both my $5 n00b littermates, whodathunkit? There must be some Primus Noctis thing where, as their Lord and Protector, I get to come and raid his fridge, screw his pets, etc?
"

You got that backwards.
posted by Splunge at 6:08 AM on August 18, 2011 [1 favorite]


Slack-a-gogo: "Rhaomi: is announcing your own arbitrary milestones now A Thing?

Now I sort of wish I did make a self-congratulatory MeTa that one time I made five consecutive comments without a single typo. It was a big day for me and wanted to celebrate. Maybe next time...if it there is a next time.
"

One...
posted by Splunge at 6:10 AM on August 18, 2011 [1 favorite]


So...you've finally figured out how to favorite yourself, eh?
posted by spicynuts at 6:13 AM on August 18, 2011 [1 favorite]


That's right Splunge! Only four more to go and I'm breaking out cake and cockies for everyone!
posted by Slack-a-gogo at 6:23 AM on August 18, 2011 [2 favorites]


Rhaomi: this cruel anticipatory game

Why worry about cyberchits? Being anxious about not having reached a high, round number of favorites seems even weirder to me than being happy about achieving the same. Being happy about something fairly trivial is a net-plus in one's life and worth savoring. Anxiously awaiting the same seems like a clear negative far outweighing any positive gain.
posted by Kattullus at 6:23 AM on August 18, 2011 [1 favorite]


Only four more to go and I'm breaking out cake and cockies for everyone!

*resets count*
posted by pyramid termite at 6:25 AM on August 18, 2011 [2 favorites]


It will still feel hollow in time.
posted by Horselover Phattie at 6:26 AM on August 18, 2011 [1 favorite]


When I get to 30,000, I expect cake and cookies, btw.
posted by empath at 6:28 AM on August 18, 2011 [1 favorite]


crunchland: "You're obviously half as clever, witty, and sexually attractive than Faint of Butt, octothorpe."

*sobs and slinks off*
posted by octothorpe at 6:29 AM on August 18, 2011 [1 favorite]


Congrats! I just got to 15,000 myself this weekend and totally forgot to thank the person who did it (like I did with my 5,000th and 10,000th.) And now it's too late.

So, thanks, that person!
posted by griphus at 6:35 AM on August 18, 2011 [1 favorite]


And a mathowie bobble-head at 500k.

Custom bobbleheads made from your photo. They "test dozens of university-trained sculptors to find those most able to sculpt realistic heads." I'm just saying; it could happen.
posted by octobersurprise at 6:44 AM on August 18, 2011 [1 favorite]


I finally know what to get the man who has everything.
posted by The Whelk at 6:49 AM on August 18, 2011 [1 favorite]


Curiously, the full body, head-to-toe bobbles cost less than using a stock body. How is that even possible?!
posted by crunchland at 6:52 AM on August 18, 2011 [1 favorite]


And if I had some money burning a hole in my pocket, clearly this would be the pic I would send in to make one.
posted by crunchland at 6:54 AM on August 18, 2011 [1 favorite]


How is that even possible?! --- ok. apparently I'm not capable of deciphering a webpage.
posted by crunchland at 6:56 AM on August 18, 2011 [1 favorite]


*eyes own favorited count, shrugs and says nothing*
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 6:57 AM on August 18, 2011 [1 favorite]


I like how your 10,000th favorite, or any number-favorite really, is a moving target since someone can give you your x-000th favorite and someone else can remove it and someone else can re-give it to you again.
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 7:05 AM on August 18, 2011 [5 favorites]


I had 22222 favorites the other day and by the time I told anyone it was a different number. I feel like this is too frivolous to be even a first-world problem, but there it is.
posted by shakespeherian at 7:15 AM on August 18, 2011 [1 favorite]


Recently I was excited to see that my favorites count had suddenly jumped to over 220,000 before realizing that some Cheerios had stuck to my monitor.
posted by Slack-a-gogo at 7:20 AM on August 18, 2011 [2 favorites]


If I had a lot of money and no scruples I'd just make bobble heads of random strangers and leave them in their mailbox. No explanation.
posted by The Whelk at 7:22 AM on August 18, 2011 [6 favorites]


Aw, I'm only about to break my first 1000. I may throw a little party on my roof like I did for my MeFi birthday.

Any excuse to throw a party on my roof. Any.
posted by functionequalsform at 7:23 AM on August 18, 2011 [6 favorites]


Can I come?
posted by The Whelk at 7:24 AM on August 18, 2011 [1 favorite]


Get me to 1000 and we'll talk.
posted by functionequalsform at 7:26 AM on August 18, 2011 [4 favorites]


did you have the operation as discussed?
posted by clavdivs at 7:26 AM on August 18, 2011 [1 favorite]


Of course you can, you big lug. :D
posted by functionequalsform at 7:26 AM on August 18, 2011 [1 favorite]


( ppssst party of the roof, pass it on )
posted by The Whelk at 7:28 AM on August 18, 2011 [2 favorites]


I try hard not to obsess over favorites (I fail a lot as well) but there were three milestones that I considered ACHIEVEMENT UNLOCKED kind of moments: Getting over 1,000, getting over 10,000, and getting more favorites than comments,

I understand why some people don't like favorites, and I also get that they have no inherent value, but as a simple form of validation (from my perception) from a group of people I respect, they are worth more than their weight in gold.
posted by quin at 7:29 AM on August 18, 2011 [3 favorites]


I once had a lot of favorites. Now I have very few. I have not noticed the presence or absence of favorites as affecting my life in any specific way.
posted by Bunny Ultramod at 7:30 AM on August 18, 2011 [1 favorite]


Bully for you, little buckaroo!
posted by h00py at 7:33 AM on August 18, 2011 [1 favorite]


Personally, I hate it when someone takes a favourite away. I cherish each and every one.
posted by h00py at 7:33 AM on August 18, 2011 [2 favorites]


Except the spells I cast have more influence over you now, bunny.
posted by The Whelk at 7:34 AM on August 18, 2011 [3 favorites]


I have not noticed the presence or absence of favorites as affecting my life in any specific way.

I guess you never noticed that every one has a trace amount of cocaine on it.
posted by shakespeherian at 7:40 AM on August 18, 2011 [1 favorite]


You have favorited over 9,000 comments. Your generosity with favorites mitigates my faint disapproval of this post.
posted by theora55 at 7:42 AM on August 18, 2011 [3 favorites]


I had 22222 favorites the other day and by the time I told anyone it was a different number.

On the one hand, there is joy in the ephemeral. On the other hand, this is what screenshots are for.
posted by cortex (staff) at 7:43 AM on August 18, 2011 [2 favorites]


Always nice to see another Baltimore mefite done good.
posted by josher71 at 7:51 AM on August 18, 2011 [3 favorites]


We're few and far between, you know.
posted by josher71 at 7:51 AM on August 18, 2011 [1 favorite]


"I was just browsing through old S&H GreenStamps catalogs and Sell Grit! advertisements. If I had the (a) graphic design talent and (b) free time, it would be fun to mock up a graphic of "prizes" you could win for racking up favorites - with values for each.

Would be a fun MeFi mag back-page type of thing.
"

Oh, please do!

Also, to everyone: We've had two big planned contributors have to drop out of this one, so please, submit something games related. Make up a game! Make up extra characters for a game! Describe a game you love and why you love it! Talk sports or about the longest Risk game you ever played (mine was three days before my girlfriend betrayed me!) or your secret foursquare calls!

Also, Meatbomb, you won the Nomic, right? Write about it!
posted by klangklangston at 7:59 AM on August 18, 2011 [1 favorite]


I guess you never noticed that every one has a trace amount of cocaine on it.

That explains so much.
posted by zarq at 8:04 AM on August 18, 2011 [2 favorites]


Derek Jeter has over 3,000 hits now too.
posted by JohnnyGunn at 8:05 AM on August 18, 2011 [1 favorite]


On the one hand, there is joy in the ephemeral.

Mono no aware
posted by Babblesort at 8:05 AM on August 18, 2011 [1 favorite]


I'm only here because someone said Slack-a-gogo was breaking the cockies.
posted by taz at 8:14 AM on August 18, 2011 [1 favorite]


or breaking out the cockies.

but, whatever. It's all good.
posted by taz at 8:15 AM on August 18, 2011 [1 favorite]


Raise your cockles high
posted by The Whelk at 8:16 AM on August 18, 2011 [1 favorite]


I had a pony granted this week. What does that translate to in favorites?
posted by psoas at 8:36 AM on August 18, 2011 [2 favorites]


Aw, I'm only about to break my first 1000. I may throw a little party on my roof like I did for my MeFi birthday.

Any excuse to throw a party on my roof. Any.


I just hit 1000 the other day so I want in on this! And here's one shiny shiny favorite to speed you on your way.
posted by villanelles at dawn at 8:36 AM on August 18, 2011 [2 favorites]


I hit 10,000 last week, but i was afraid everyone would make fun of me if I made a MeTa about it. Thanks for taking the hit, FoB!
posted by Horace Rumpole at 8:44 AM on August 18, 2011 [1 favorite]


Dude, you have 10000 favorites but only doled out 9000?

Pay it forward
posted by Deathalicious at 8:45 AM on August 18, 2011 [1 favorite]


I too have 10,000 favorites and like praise and attention
posted by East Manitoba Regional Junior Kabaddi Champion '94 at 8:50 AM on August 18, 2011 [3 favorites]


I just passed 5,000. But I joined after you and I had four-year time out. This means that I rock immensely hard, or alternatively that I make the sort of comments that cause people to favourite in a "must remember to come back and flag that bastard" way.

Anyway, I'm hoping for a book token, or maybe a crappy watch.
posted by Decani at 8:58 AM on August 18, 2011 [1 favorite]


Faint of Butt's favorites are feeling 'toppy' to me. I'm shorting down to 6500.
posted by mazola at 8:59 AM on August 18, 2011 [2 favorites]


I just literally got to 6,000 favorites! Wooo! Where does the time go?
posted by 2bucksplus at 9:17 AM on August 18, 2011 [1 favorite]


I'm feeling inadequate.
posted by mazola at 9:30 AM on August 18, 2011 [2 favorites]


Right now I am planning my 3k party. I've got the spot rented and a DJ hired. I am just trying to focus on a signature drink. Since I hear Old Overholt is the hip new thing I'm thinking Sazeracs? The food options are also up in the air, I am narrowing it down to a suckling pig buffet style meal, or a more traditional prime rib meal. I also need a theme, Hobo Chic or Colonial Africa are pretty much off the table at this point.

The lead up to 3k has been pretty intense. I was going to start a blog about it but I figure that it has been pretty overdone. The worst part is the logistics. Since I don't know when I will hit 3k I have to have everything ready at a moments notice. I have teams standing by for rapid party deployment. I think I will start the party at 2995 or so and we can watch 3k roll in on a big screen.
posted by Ad hominem at 9:31 AM on August 18, 2011 [3 favorites]


SUCKLING PIG
posted by The Whelk at 9:34 AM on August 18, 2011 [1 favorite]


Yeah but everyone is doing suckling pig. And when is the last time you had prime rib ?
posted by Ad hominem at 9:43 AM on August 18, 2011 [1 favorite]


Have we done the favorites to participation ratio game? For example, in the last decade I have posted a total of 961 (now 962) times across all colors, not including votes on Projects. I've garnered 1,117 favorites, which gives me a favorite ratio of 1.16, meaning that I get approximately one favorite per comment.

Faint of Butt, on the other hand, has posted a total of 6,747 times and gotten 10,035 favorites for his efforts. Which makes his favorite-getting ratio a bit higher than mine, at 1.48.

And Jessamyn has posted 25,449 times across MetaLand, earning an astounding 43,353 favorites. Her ratio is up at 1.69, which is pretty high. Surprisingly, mathowie has a fairly low favorite ratio: He has posted a total of 19,670 times site-wide, receiving 13,277 total favorites, making his ratio only 0.67. If my math is correct, cortex has posted a whopping 30,537 times across the site, and has 39,335 favorites to show for it, making his ratio 1.28.

On the other hand, you should all know that I am so bad at math that I miscalculated my SAT score when I was in high school, and cried for hours, thinking I'd proven to be a total dullard. Turns out, my score was a hundred points higher than I thought, which means I am only a dullard when it comes to arithmetic.
posted by brina at 9:43 AM on August 18, 2011 [3 favorites]


I also want to point out that AskMe is a different world. You can get 50 favorites by sneezing over there.
posted by Ad hominem at 9:46 AM on August 18, 2011 [1 favorite]


> You can get 50 favorites by sneezing over there.

Well, it's pretty easy to rack up dozens of favorites on MeFi proper with the scantest of kneejerk reactions. And I oughta know!
posted by Horselover Phattie at 9:48 AM on August 18, 2011 [2 favorites]


Who's the fairy?
posted by Horselover Phattie at 9:52 AM on August 18, 2011 [2 favorites]


Stop that!
posted by Horselover Phattie at 9:53 AM on August 18, 2011 [2 favorites]


Have we done the favorites to participation ratio game? For example, in the last decade I have posted a total of 961 (now 962) times across all colors, not including votes on Projects. I've garnered 1,117 favorites, which gives me a favorite ratio of 1.16, meaning that I get approximately one favorite per comment.

Pow! 4.32. And I owe it all to The Favorites Fairy.
posted by villanelles at dawn at 10:08 AM on August 18, 2011 [1 favorite]


I passed 30K a while back, but someone kept trying to pull me under the milestone by taking away their ball and going home!

as a simple form of validation (from my perception) from a group of people I respect, they are worth more than their weight in gold

Yeah, it's a nice feeling, getting favorites from people I respect. It negates the occasional bad stuff, that's for sure.
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 10:08 AM on August 18, 2011 [1 favorite]


I'm waiting until I hit my user number. Then I plan on asking everyone I know for cupcakes.
posted by klangklangston at 10:09 AM on August 18, 2011 [1 favorite]


Don't you just hat showing up late to the circle-jerk and all of the good cockies have already been broken?
posted by Ufez Jones at 10:15 AM on August 18, 2011 [2 favorites]


I'm still waiting for Canadian and UK users to be able to hand out favourites.
posted by Kabanos at 10:37 AM on August 18, 2011 [1 favorite]


I'm pleased that my favourites out to favourites in ratio is pretty close. It suggests that Metafilter is getting about as much out of me as I am getting out of Metafilter.

or that I got in early in a couple of threads with something stupid and/or dismissive
posted by ArmyOfKittens at 10:39 AM on August 18, 2011 [1 favorite]


I hope this helped you get over your sensitivity about how faint your butt is.
posted by longsleeves at 10:43 AM on August 18, 2011 [3 favorites]


I am serious. Get me to 1000 and I will have a party on my roof. Maybe even open up tinychat so the non-NYC usership can watch us party down in the comfort of their own homes.
posted by functionequalsform at 10:44 AM on August 18, 2011 [6 favorites]


Getting to 1000 was amazing. I remember it as if it was about a year ago.
posted by ArmyOfKittens at 10:46 AM on August 18, 2011 [2 favorites]


The Favorites Fairy has just two more left for today!
posted by Horselover Phattie at 10:47 AM on August 18, 2011 [2 favorites]


Oh me! me! favorite me, favorites pony!
posted by longsleeves at 10:51 AM on August 18, 2011 [2 favorites]


Fairy. (not insulting, correcting.)
posted by longsleeves at 10:52 AM on August 18, 2011 [1 favorite]


Some days, when I get favorited by the really popular people, I feel all tingly...
posted by Sophie1 at 11:00 AM on August 18, 2011 [2 favorites]


Oh, Ad hominem... you so funny.

PLEASE DON'T READ ALL OF MY OLD COMMENTS HOW EMBARRASSING.
posted by functionequalsform at 11:06 AM on August 18, 2011 [1 favorite]


Thank you, Favorites Fairy!
posted by longsleeves at 11:06 AM on August 18, 2011 [1 favorite]


I am serious. Get me to 1000 and I will have a party on my roof. Maybe even open up tinychat so the non-NYC usership can watch us party down in the comfort of their own homes.

I got you to 990 by favoriting all your comments about how New York is the greatest place in the world.
posted by Ad hominem at 11:07 AM on August 18, 2011 [2 favorites]


I never get favourited by the really popular people.

/kicks ground
posted by Phire at 11:07 AM on August 18, 2011 [3 favorites]


I remember getting 10K faves. A hell of a day. I don't recall it specifically, but I thought about posting something then decided against it. Not that you shouldn't have posted this - I just chickened out.

I'm closing in on 13K now and the milestones get, in absolute terms, farther apart, which each individual favourite is as hard to get as it's ever been. Thankfully I have a laser-like focuss on whoring my comments for faves, so I have that going for me.

Congratulations, Faint of Butt. YOU'RE OVER 9000.
posted by GuyZero at 11:07 AM on August 18, 2011 [1 favorite]


I never get favourited by the really popular people.

I'll favorite you if you say I'm popular. SAY IT! SAY IT NOW!!
posted by longsleeves at 11:09 AM on August 18, 2011 [1 favorite]


Too late.
posted by longsleeves at 11:17 AM on August 18, 2011 [1 favorite]


I do tend to look at my favorites received / contributions ratio (posts, comments, answers) more than absolute number of favorites: currently, my ratio is around 6.5. I like to think that it helps make me a better member of the community. I'm already fairly careful about contributing to threads, and anything that gives me an extra pause and moment of consideration before replying or posting tends make for a better and more thoughtful discussion. If something is worth saying, it's worth saying well.

This does bring a pony to mind, especially as I am working on my second Project - pb, if you're reading this, would it be possible to add "Votes received" as part of the stats on profile pages under Projects contributions?
posted by Bora Horza Gobuchul at 11:21 AM on August 18, 2011 [1 favorite]


I only get favorites from popular people, so if you favorite one of my comments, you are by definition popular. I would say I am pretty much the barometer of cool.
posted by Ad hominem at 11:23 AM on August 18, 2011 [2 favorites]


Since we're all here, can someone explain how I got so many favourites with this comment? it's amusing, but as someone who trolls for favourites constantly, it's not 50-faves amusing. Or is it?
posted by GuyZero at 11:28 AM on August 18, 2011 [1 favorite]


Reading sucks.
posted by The Whelk at 11:29 AM on August 18, 2011 [1 favorite]


Also, you may get 10,000 favourites, but only I will ever be able to make this comment. That was goddamn epic.
posted by GuyZero at 11:36 AM on August 18, 2011 [3 favorites]


People like puns, and you had primo real estate.
posted by cortex (staff) at 11:37 AM on August 18, 2011 [1 favorite]


We who are about to die of envy salute you, Great Fobby.
posted by jamjam at 11:41 AM on August 18, 2011 [1 favorite]


CUPCAKES for EVERYBODY!
posted by Sophie1 at 11:46 AM on August 18, 2011 [1 favorite]


Congratulations on both the milestone and being either brave or blithe enough to dare the MeTa spanking machine over it.

It will be a long time before you add another digit to your Favorites count.
posted by Trurl at 12:19 PM on August 18, 2011 [1 favorite]


...but only I will ever be able to make this comment.

You are educated stupid.
posted by griphus at 12:29 PM on August 18, 2011


Have we done the favorites to participation ratio game?

oh why not: 29 537 favorites / 16 986 posts+comments = 1.73890263
posted by empath at 12:52 PM on August 18, 2011 [1 favorite]


I wonder if there's a way to do a weighted favorites metric like page rank, where the more favorites you have, the more that favorites you give to others are weighted..
posted by empath at 12:55 PM on August 18, 2011 [1 favorite]


Not what you're looking for empath, but here's the Metafilter Contribution Index Calculator for anyone who's interested.
posted by zarq at 12:57 PM on August 18, 2011 [1 favorite]


villanelles at dawn, are you made of magic??? 4.32? Actually, I just calculated it again and it appears to have gone down to 4.29. Still, you are clearly made of magic. Nobody can get four favorites for every comment they post, except for unicorns and pixie kings and River Tam.
posted by brina at 1:07 PM on August 18, 2011 [1 favorite]


15,507/5096 = 3.042

Woo.
posted by griphus at 1:08 PM on August 18, 2011 [1 favorite]


zarq: Metafilter Contribution Index Calculator

Oh hey, homunculus is catching up to mathowie in the most posts stakes! Now that'll be a milestone to celebrate.
posted by Kattullus at 1:10 PM on August 18, 2011 [2 favorites]


Some days, when I get favorited by the really popular people, I feel all tingly...
posted by Sophie1 at 7:00 PM on August 18


Those people are all wankers. Being favourited by them is like being favourited by Hitler. Probably.
posted by Decani at 1:19 PM on August 18, 2011 [3 favorites]


You are educated stupid.

The new D&D alignments are out?
posted by mintcake! at 1:39 PM on August 18, 2011 [4 favorites]


villanelles at dawn, are you made of magic???

Mama Villanelles would say so, but sadly a closer look shows a full tenth of my favorites come from a comment merely quoting someone else on Michele Bachmann, so it's really more due to lucky timing and profiting from my country's decline.
posted by villanelles at dawn at 1:49 PM on August 18, 2011 [1 favorite]


I wonder if there's a way to do a weighted favorites metric like page rank, where the more favorites you have, the more that favorites you give to others are weighted.

It's certainly doable, if someone really wants to play with the idea. It's mostly a matter of being willing to wrestle out the math for it depending on how fancy you want your weighting model to be; something as simple as assigning each faver a weight W = log(favorites received) + 1 and then calculating Adjusted Favorites by doing sum(favers) over Givenfaver * Wfaver would get you a first glance at how the numbers might shake out.

Figuring out the right weighting for W is part of the trick, since that's pretty much a totally qualitative call. Another thing would be to consider doing multiple iterations of the weight calculation, feeding it back on itself to try and smooth things out according to multiple degrees of favorites propagation, though how well that will work probably depends a lot again on how W is calculated.

All of this would essentially be a lark, obviously, but it could be an interesting lark. The raw data is certainly available in the Infodump.
posted by cortex (staff) at 1:51 PM on August 18, 2011 [2 favorites]


It will be a long time before you add another digit to your Favorites count.

Wrong!
posted by longsleeves at 2:08 PM on August 18, 2011 [2 favorites]


...would it be possible to add "Votes received" as part of the stats on profile pages under Projects contributions?

We can think about it and discuss it. My first concern is that more projects = more votes, so it might lead to some weird incentives to turn every new blog post into a Project. Of course we can throttle that on our end since Projects are approved before they're published, but I don't think vote counts on profile pages is a gimmie. We'll need to think about it a bit.
posted by pb (staff) at 2:13 PM on August 18, 2011 [1 favorite]


What about statistical tests to winkle out favorites cabals, where members of the cabal favor a certain percentage of all the comments of each member of the cabal except themselves every few days?
posted by jamjam at 3:21 PM on August 18, 2011 [1 favorite]


As of a few minutes ago, I now have 100-favorite posts under two different user names. That seems like it would be uncommon.
posted by Trurl at 3:49 PM on August 18, 2011 [1 favorite]


I'll have to go back and cancel all of my favorites for you to allow you to pass 10,000 again.
posted by dances_with_sneetches at 3:55 PM on August 18, 2011 [1 favorite]


I have no earthly idea how some of you manage to post as much as you do.
posted by Think_Long at 4:02 PM on August 18, 2011 [1 favorite]


Always within reach of an Internet device and a work style that favors five scone bursts of productivity with lots of scattered downttime.
posted by The Whelk at 4:03 PM on August 18, 2011 [2 favorites]


What would be great is a favorites inflation calculator. You enter a date. And by comparing the number of MeFites today against the number of MeFites there were then, the calculator can say that you would need to get 1.17 favorites today to have pleased as much of a percentage of the community as you did with that snark in the Balloon Boy thread. You could have an option for setting it to work off page views instead. Or number of comments in the thread.

Yeah, I think about this stuff.
posted by Trurl at 4:06 PM on August 18, 2011 [2 favorites]


a work style that favors five scone bursts of productivity

Really? I have to take a nap after, like, three scones.
posted by Horace Rumpole at 4:12 PM on August 18, 2011 [2 favorites]


Looking at the Contribution Index Calculator:

Most MeFi Comments
17. 10000 languagehat


Clicking on languagehat's name:

Mefi threads: 100
Mefi comments: 10000
Meta threads: 7
Meta comments: 7000


Guy likes his powers of 10.
posted by darksasami at 4:17 PM on August 18, 2011 [1 favorite]


What about statistical tests to winkle out favorites cabals, where members of the cabal favor a certain percentage of all the comments of each member of the cabal except themselves every few days?

Based on previous research into mutual favoriting behavior, it seems unlikely that such cabals, if they did exist, would be operating at a volume significant enough that it would stand out above the effects of more natural individual and group affinities. People who favorite each other a bit more than they favorite others, respectively, tend to be contacts, or to know each other in real life, or to have specific shared interests in subject matter, etc. This is loose stuff, but it all makes more sense than the cabal notion in any case.

What would be great is a favorites inflation calculator.

Modeling favorites inflation is an interesting idea. One issue is that you can't just look at number of favorites today vs. past date if you want a really clear picture of what's going on; you need to look at a couple different things, including not just raw aggregate favoriting volume but also individual rates of favoriting, to understand to what extent a volume change is a result of people favoriting more than they used to vs. more people engaging in favoriting.

You need also to look at the volume of favoritable content, and consider how e.g. 1,000 favorites distributed among 10,000 items in a fixed unit of time compares to 2,000 favorites distributed among 20,000 items over an identical unit of time.
posted by cortex (staff) at 4:24 PM on August 18, 2011 [3 favorites]


So, that would be an entire stable of ponies, I guess.
posted by Trurl at 4:38 PM on August 18, 2011 [1 favorite]


Another factor that could come into the FaveRankTM model's weighting calculation is the rarity of an outgoing favorite from a given user. If Alice and Bob have both received 1000 favorites, and Alice has given out 100 favorites while Bob has given out 1000, should favorites from Alice be weighted higher than Bob's?

You could do something like W = log(faves_gotten + k) * log((faves_gotten/faves_given) + j) to try and capture that a bit, with k and j positive constants to establish a reasonable non-negative baseline weighting for people who have gotten few favorites and given a lot more than they've gotten. Or something in that vein.

Model could also account for ratio of favorites gotten to comments made (1000 faves on 10000 comments vs 1000 faves on 10 comments is significant); average rate of favorites distribution (giving 1000 faves out in 5 years is different from giving 1000 out in 3 months); controlling for date of fave adoption (so comments made before favorites were around would not be considered equally with those made after favorites were around, in creating someone's adjusted comment count); breaking out favorites by site and type of content (if posts are more likely to produce favorites, should those favorites be weighted lower? if the green is easier to get favorites on than the blue, weight them differently?); and, if an inflationary study is done, weighting favorites by period of time to account for those inflationary issues (so a fave given in 2006 might be weighted higher than one in 2010).

Eventually, this model could get complicated enough to resemble actual economic modeling, at which point people will be relieved that they can with confidence begin ignoring favorites entirely as any kind of reliable predictive indicator of fuckall.
posted by cortex (staff) at 4:44 PM on August 18, 2011 [3 favorites]


Yay! I'm already ahead of that curve.
posted by crunchland at 4:53 PM on August 18, 2011 [1 favorite]


How do we opt out of statistics collections (such as what is in the Contribution Index Calculator)? I remember asking to opt out last time. Perhaps the ruleset was changed recently?
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 5:02 PM on August 18, 2011 [1 favorite]


Actually, I think I figured out how to adopt page rank to fave rank... lemme download the dataset and see what I can do.
posted by empath at 5:13 PM on August 18, 2011 [1 favorite]


How do we opt out of statistics collections (such as what is in the Contribution Index Calculator)? I remember asking to opt out last time. Perhaps the ruleset was changed recently?

There's a munge list for the Infodump, as of late 2009, and you are indeed on that list per your request, which means your actual userid does not show up in any of the data files other than the usernames.txt file. My general request to folks using the Infodump to generate public-facing analyses is that they respect the not-so-subtle hint that munging provides and don't reverse the munging to recorrelate those usernames.

That said, not everyone who plays with mefi data does so using Infodump data, and the munging of the Infodump stuff is a nod to requests from a couple users regarding that specific vector of data, not a rule; further, it's specifically a feature of the Infodump, and can't and doesn't extend generally to any and all examination of metafilter data, in part because it would be hard to communicate generally, in part because it's practically unenforceable, and in part because the data in question is all already public-facing for anyone who cares to collect it.

If I remember right, the Contribution Index significantly predates the Infodump, to say nothing of the munge feature, so I presume it continues to use non-Infodump techniques for data gathering, probably periodic profile page visits for numbers. But you'd have to ask jaden for a definitive answer there; if you'd like to ask him to exclude your username from stats generated by whatever means, that's up to you and to him.
posted by cortex (staff) at 5:30 PM on August 18, 2011 [1 favorite]


It just seems like a bit of a privacy violation, to skim the site, aggregate user data and post the analysis publicly.

Regardless of the type of data, I'm certain we've had Metatalk posts in the past about people reposting data from the site on other sites without permission.
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 5:52 PM on August 18, 2011 [1 favorite]


Well, it's a big topic. Intent and context have a lot to do with what's problematic vs. not; in this specific case we have a long-established thing that's been known to the community for years and years and only aggregates and tabulates very basic public data, so there's not a whole lot to worry about in terms of how it's being used or by whom.
posted by cortex (staff) at 6:00 PM on August 18, 2011 [1 favorite]


I'd say if you're concerned about your privacy, and what a site scraper can do, your only recourse is to not post anything.
posted by crunchland at 6:04 PM on August 18, 2011 [1 favorite]


Yes, thank you, crunchland.
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 6:10 PM on August 18, 2011 [1 favorite]


Well, a guy can hope.
posted by crunchland at 6:11 PM on August 18, 2011 [3 favorites]


My favorites-to-favorited ratio is kind of ridiculous; I've given out (so to speak) 17,994 favorites and been favorited just 990 times, so it's 18-to-1. I'm not getting overly worried or excited about that, though. What I am excited about is the prospect of hitting 1,000, although I've been trying to keep it low-key...
posted by limeonaire at 6:23 PM on August 18, 2011 [3 favorites]


Oh, but my point: Congratulations, Faint of Butt, on your favorites!
posted by limeonaire at 6:27 PM on August 18, 2011 [1 favorite]


Okay, so to do page rank, step one is to get an NxN matrix[ij] out of the favorite data where i and j are indexed to the users, and the values = 1/n for each favorite i has given j where n is the number of favorites that i has given in total.

Say there are 5 users, if the faves data looks like this:

faver,favee
1,2
1,3
1,4
1,5
1,5
2,3
2,1
3,5
3,4
3,2
4,1
5,3
5,3

i'll have a matrix that looks like this:
  1----2----3----4----5
1 .....|1/5.|1/5.|1/5.|2/5|
2 1/2..|....|1/2.|....|...|
3 .....|1/3.|....|1/3.|1/3|
4 1....|....|....|....|...|
5 .....|....|1...|....|...|
But I don't actually know how to get there from the faves table... I'm sure there's a way to do it in sql, but I don't know how. (actually, the table is a BIT more complicated that that, but that's the hard part) -- each row should end up equalling one.
posted by empath at 6:29 PM on August 18, 2011 [1 favorite]


Well, a guy can hope.

I've been zinged by Eric Schmidt!
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 6:32 PM on August 18, 2011 [1 favorite]


Just got my 6464th favorite. Pushing towards that magic 2/1 ratio!

♪ I feel witty, Oh so witty ♫
posted by Devils Rancher at 6:53 PM on August 18, 2011 [2 favorites]


Have I favorited you in the past? I'm going through and unfavoriting them now, just to piss you off.
posted by indubitable at 7:07 PM on August 18, 2011 [1 favorite]


But I don't actually know how to get there from the faves table...

Parsing the favorites data is pretty easy if you're handy with any sort of scripting language -- it's all tab separated numeric data in fixed columns, so stripping out and summing up stuff doesn't get hairy. You can probably even pull this off in the modern versions of Excel that don't have a 16-bit MAXINT, but I don't muck around with Excel at all so I wouldn't know how to do it exactly.
posted by cortex (staff) at 7:12 PM on August 18, 2011 [1 favorite]


darksasami: Guy likes his powers of 10

I wondered why I hadn't seen him around on the Blue and the Gray lately...
posted by Kattullus at 7:41 PM on August 18, 2011 [1 favorite]


You're welcome f=f.
posted by airing nerdy laundry at 7:47 PM on August 18, 2011 [2 favorites]


I'm a little conflicted here.

The Favourites Fairies did their magic while I slept, and at this moment I am at 6005, an important personal milestone that has to be shared with all of my friends here on MetaTalk.

If I just leave that announcement here, everyone will start talking about me me ME and I'll feel bad about stealing FoB's thunder.

If I start a new thread, it will be slammed as a stunty copycat thing, likely shut down quickly by one of the terrestrial mods, and then I will be forced to flame out and start packing my bag for the climb up to the top of the clock tower.

I blame FoB for putting me in this terrible situation.
posted by Meatbomb at 8:01 PM on August 18, 2011 [3 favorites]


if you believe in the favorites fairy clap your hands
posted by The Whelk at 8:36 PM on August 18, 2011 [2 favorites]


Is this one of those Tinkerbell-will-die situations?
posted by shakespeherian at 9:29 PM on August 18, 2011 [1 favorite]


I dunnno, you want fairy blood on your hands?
posted by The Whelk at 9:53 PM on August 18, 2011 [1 favorite]


I believe in the favorites. *slow fairy-clapping*
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 10:01 PM on August 18, 2011 [1 favorite]


The really ironic tragedy is that several fairies die every year in clapping accidents, having wandered unawares between the rapidly enclosing parallel of one or another happy child's palms. Further clapping does not, contrary to what popular wisdom might suggest, do anything to improve the situation.

Fairy blood on one's hands indeed.
posted by cortex (staff) at 10:04 PM on August 18, 2011 [2 favorites]


Oh god I thought she was a bug, I THOUGHT SHE WAS A BUG
posted by The Whelk at 10:08 PM on August 18, 2011 [1 favorite]


it's nothing compared to how many dwarves are killed by backhoes and elves by lumberjacks

besides, anyone who gets the clap can just go to a public health center, right?
posted by pyramid termite at 10:10 PM on August 18, 2011 [1 favorite]


functionequalsform made it!!! the babby's name will be megatron! and we'll watch it from the left coast on a tiny cam!
posted by Rube R. Nekker at 10:31 PM on August 18, 2011 [2 favorites]


Oh hey awesome roof party, I can bring beer and smoked meat.
posted by The Whelk at 11:08 PM on August 18, 2011 [1 favorite]


Holy shit!!!1 Faith doesn't even enter into it, HEY GUYS LOOK SHE'S RIGHT HERE!!!!1
posted by Meatbomb at 11:32 PM on August 18, 2011 [1 favorite]


Fairies get the clap? Who knew?
posted by Kirth Gerson at 3:46 AM on August 19, 2011 [1 favorite]


Something about a knotted wand.
posted by Horselover Phattie at 5:19 AM on August 19, 2011 [1 favorite]


Now, see, here's why -- dipping into possibly mock-seriousness from a nice fizzy plateau of inebriation I have been hiking up to for the last few hours this Friday night -- this self-regarding tally of favorites is dire and depressing, pointless as some kind of measure of social worth, and ultimately destructive to real community.

I only noticed this joannemullen person for the first time a week or two ago, in some Metatalk thread, being horrible. Suddenly, I started noticing her (assuming she is really a her because INTERNET) everywhere, being just not-clever and kneejerk contrarian and overall kinda shitty.

Which, you know, is everyone's right, I guess. I've been there.

But I made this regrettable throwaway abusive comment here after one of her more annoyingly faux-stupid troll-mode comments, and I've gotten like 35 favorites for it. I wish I hadn't made that comment. It wasn't clever, it wasn't kind, it wasn't necessary, it took little thought and less time, and it was beneath me, by god, or at least beneath the person I have tried (not always successfully, obviously) to be for many years here in this community.

But still, more favorites for that single shitty comment than I've gotten for much else in a long while.

And that is why favorite-tallies are bullshit, and taking pride in how many you've gotten, unless you're a goddamned saint and every textual pearl you drop is a freaking piece of deathless prose and kindly helpingness over at Ask or something -- well, it's just not right.

Sorry.
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken at 6:44 AM on August 19, 2011 [4 favorites]


I'm self-congratulatory about my favorites count because it represents a hell of a lot of work logging in as my various sockpuppets to get that high.
posted by shakespeherian at 6:55 AM on August 19, 2011 [1 favorite]


stavrosthewonderchicken: "...this self-regarding tally of favorites is dire and depressing, pointless as some kind of measure of social worth, and ultimately destructive to real community."

It can be, yes. Completely agree. But they're good in some ways. Especially in Ask, where seeing a bunch of passive support for a helpful comment can be a subtle, positive reinforcement without turning into a pile-on.

stavrosthewonderchicken: " But I made this regrettable throwaway abusive comment here after one of her more annoyingly faux-stupid troll-mode comments, and I've gotten like 35 favorites for it. I wish I hadn't made that comment. It wasn't clever, it wasn't kind, it wasn't necessary, it took little thought and less time, and it was beneath me, by god, or at least beneath the person I have tried (not always successfully, obviously) to be for many years here in this community."

I daresay many of us have been there -- have said things here we look back on and cringe. You, we are human. Your positive contributions to this community far outweigh a comment like that one.

I made an angry comment to someone I respect a great deal, The World Famous, last month. I apologized in-thread (and I believe I sent a memail as well?) but... ugh. For a moment, I let my anger get the best of me and I absolutely should not have. Instead, I should have asked questions then listened to and learned from the answers. For the most part, the handful of comments I've made during my time here that have been heavily favorited are not negative attacks on other mefites and I'm truly happy about that. That damned, shitty comment got 50 favorites.

It happens. It's what you do next that matters.
posted by zarq at 7:22 AM on August 19, 2011 [3 favorites]


HA! Woke up to find my baby 1000! Airing Nerdy Laundry got it!

We will be having a party. On a roof. With smoked meat from The Whelk. With a webcam/chat thingie if I can figure out lighting. Griphus just hit a big number and obviously Faint of Butt did too. So... Favorites Party on the Roof for us all! I'll post the IRL link in a few.
posted by functionequalsform at 8:10 AM on August 19, 2011 [1 favorite]


The party will be called " My Favorite Things"
posted by The Whelk at 8:12 AM on August 19, 2011 [2 favorites]


We have parties.
posted by functionequalsform at 8:18 AM on August 19, 2011 [1 favorite]


The party will be called " My Favorite Things"

If functionequalsform doesn't mind being referred to as one of a group of "guys," I'd prefer "The Favoritest Guys On The Lower East Side"
posted by griphus at 8:22 AM on August 19, 2011 [2 favorites]


We got wheels and were gonna go for a riiiiide
posted by The Whelk at 8:25 AM on August 19, 2011 [2 favorites]


Just dropping in to make an IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT about myself: after almost 7 years of membership, I have reached equilibrium of favorites in to favorites out: a blistering 232-favorite parity.

Please check back with me in 7 more years, when I hope to reach 500! We will then party like it's 2018.

FAVORITES PARTY 2018 RULES!
posted by jivadravya at 8:26 AM on August 19, 2011 [1 favorite]


This reminds me of that time in Portland where we had a meetup to celebrate the fact that we were at a place that would sell us lots of beer.
posted by cortex (staff) at 8:27 AM on August 19, 2011 [3 favorites]


Wow, I live in New York and I've never been able to find a Magic: The Gather tournament that sells beer.
posted by griphus at 8:33 AM on August 19, 2011 [1 favorite]


stavrosthewonderchicken: this self-regarding tally of favorites is dire and depressing, pointless as some kind of measure of social worth, and ultimately destructive to real community

Thanks for your thoughtful comment. I've also had the experience of writing something half-thought-out which I later regret and getting a whole bunch of favorites. GenjiandProust and I were talking about this the other day and referred to it as a 'favorites-hangover.'

Personally I don't mind when people are happy about their favorites. Any excuse for a party is a good excuse. It bugs me a lot more when people get anxious or regretful about favorites. I sometimes refer to them in my head as 'cyberchits' because it defamiliarizes them and makes them seem completely unimportant. "My angry comment got 21 cyberchits" is somehow a lot less depressing than "my angry comment got 21 favorites." I don't regret all my angry comments, mind you, but there are some I wish I could take back.
posted by Kattullus at 8:36 AM on August 19, 2011 [4 favorites]


Cloaking spells are really effective.
posted by The Whelk at 8:37 AM on August 19, 2011 [1 favorite]


I wish we could send this thread back in time to when we were still debating whether implementing favorites would be a good idea.
posted by ook at 10:41 AM on August 19, 2011 [2 favorites]


And what would our past-selves conclude?
posted by crunchland at 11:04 AM on August 19, 2011 [1 favorite]


Favorite someone enough times and she throws a party on her roof.
posted by griphus at 11:07 AM on August 19, 2011 [2 favorites]


ook: I wish we could send this thread back in time to when we were still debating whether implementing favorites would be a good idea.

Well, favorites were never debated much before being released. People asked for various things that the favorites feature has later provided (e.g. thread-tracking, publicly marking a post as good). When it was announced by mathowie it met with near universal praise.
posted by Kattullus at 11:16 AM on August 19, 2011 [2 favorites]


I farted. Now favorite that.
posted by Horselover Phattie at 11:27 AM on August 19, 2011 [2 favorites]


'Favorite' is a very strange verb.
posted by shakespeherian at 11:32 AM on August 19, 2011 [1 favorite]


Well, favorites were never debated much before being released.

My memory is faulty; I remember months of passionate argument and discussion over whether favorites were a useful bookmarking system (which per your link was the feature's original intent), or if they'd just turn into a de facto popularity contest, just another way to compare our e-peens; and either way are they valuable or Considered Harmful, etc etc etc... but I guess that all happened after it was released, not before.

(Which if I'd remembered the November Experiment that would've been obvious, I guess, since there'd have been no reason to do the experiment if the feature hadn't already been released.)

And what would our past-selves conclude?

Well, it would've definitively settled the "bookmarks or popularity contest" argument. As for the "valuable or considered harmful" question I've no idea.
posted by ook at 11:37 AM on August 19, 2011 [1 favorite]


It also sounds kind of a biblical tribe if you say it enough time. Levites, Reubenites, Favorites...
posted by cortex (staff) at 11:39 AM on August 19, 2011 [3 favorites]


The best part of Judges is when Samson kills like three thousand of the Favorites of The Whelk with a donkey's jawbone.
posted by shakespeherian at 11:41 AM on August 19, 2011 [2 favorites]


The best mohels were Favorites.
posted by Horselover Phattie at 11:43 AM on August 19, 2011 [2 favorites]


And then John, in full Revelation swing, starts going on about "the bookmark of the beast".
posted by cortex (staff) at 11:43 AM on August 19, 2011 [2 favorites]


I prefer to pronounce it with a long "i" like cavorite because then I can imagine metafilter as a city-sized airship kept aloft by Favorite, a mysterious substance that can only be harvested by performing periodic blood sacrifices on the icy tundras of Snark.
posted by villanelles at dawn at 11:48 AM on August 19, 2011 [2 favorites]


Good morning, MetaFilter. At some point in the last twelve hours, I ate a delicious breakfast.
posted by davejay at 11:51 AM on August 19, 2011 [1 favorite]


Now I'm imagining Metafilter as a Final Fantasy game. We'll have to rename pb "Cid".
posted by cortex (staff) at 11:53 AM on August 19, 2011 [2 favorites]


I see the Favorite Fairy is back in action.

By my calculations I have a ratio of 1.8. If only there was a way to get favorites without commenting or posting. If anyone is interested in perusing some top quality comments , I have quite a back catalog, available here. Read some today.

Here are some samples:

I don't listen to music anymore, too mainstream. The place I go , the DJ mixes cuts off NPR, a little "Fresh Air" a little "All things considered". Shit is bangin. Every time my jam comes on I am like WHOOP SWAG!... [more]
MetaFilter comment - favorited 33 times


I do not understand. What is this thing called a game? Why do entities commonly known as people engage in such activities? Of what value to a potential mate is this item referred to as a titan? This destruction of monetary units, is it a display of... [more]
MetaFilter comment - favorited 38 times

He had a golden opportunity to seize the means of production. Now the dems are going to get their asses handed to them because that spineless wimp Reid would not embrace the glorious workers struggle and finally shut down all corporations. I'm... [more]
MetaFilter comment - favorited 53 times

posted by Ad hominem at 11:53 AM on August 19, 2011 [1 favorite]


I get the last one of the day!
posted by Horselover Phattie at 11:54 AM on August 19, 2011 [1 favorite]


☛ FLAG
REPLY
FAVORITE
FLAME

☛ TARGET

☛ Cortex
Shakesperian
Horselover Phattie
posted by The Whelk at 12:00 PM on August 19, 2011 [1 favorite]


The mods need to lift the daily favorites limit just for the Favorites Fairy.
posted by shakespeherian at 12:00 PM on August 19, 2011 [1 favorite]


Ad hominem: "I see the Favorite Fairy is back in action."

?
posted by zarq at 12:00 PM on August 19, 2011


Oh. I see.
posted by zarq at 12:01 PM on August 19, 2011


I'm self-congratulatory about my favorites count because it represents a hell of a lot of work logging in as my various sockpuppets to get that high.

I can get you in touch with a weed guy. Much easier way to get that high.
posted by SpiffyRob at 12:06 PM on August 19, 2011


Ooh, gardening!
posted by shakespeherian at 12:10 PM on August 19, 2011


I missed the Favorites Fairy. My day is better now than it was before. Better by 1.
posted by davejay at 12:11 PM on August 19, 2011


I've been Fairied a lot today.
posted by functionequalsform at 12:24 PM on August 19, 2011


Faries get around.

Ask Sookie.
posted by The Whelk at 12:26 PM on August 19, 2011


That's right. He removes all your weeds, then gives you an applesauce with 4 crushed up klonopin in it.
posted by SpiffyRob at 12:51 PM on August 19, 2011


I was almost fairied in the back of a cab once but it was too soon before the vernal equinox I had the mask on all wrong and it didn't work.
posted by griphus at 12:51 PM on August 19, 2011


Did you keep introducing yourself to everyone as 'I'm a doctor' and then like humiliate yourself with your friend Nick Nightengale to get into a party you didn't even want to go to?
posted by shakespeherian at 12:54 PM on August 19, 2011 [2 favorites]


I favourite everything Meatbomb posts. Every single thing. He's that reliable.

Admittedly, I almost always do this entirely in my head, but I like to think he might actually prefer it that way.
posted by Decani at 12:56 PM on August 19, 2011


Well that's just fucking grand. Apparently, in trying to make an absurdist joke composed of random elements, my brain can't be bothered to so much as to use more than a single film as the source material.

I swear to god if you don't pick up some steam up there I'm going to start drinking moonshine upside-down again.
posted by griphus at 1:00 PM on August 19, 2011


To be fair I see references to Eyes Wide Shut pretty much everywhere.
posted by shakespeherian at 1:07 PM on August 19, 2011


Faries get around.

There is some commercial, maybe for Dish or Direct TV or something, where this little football player with faerie wings shows up and starts bitching at people for playing a video game instead of watching whatever sports package they were selling.

Every time I see it, I want to re-edit it somehow to the winged football player shows up, opens his mouth to start talking shit, and one of the guys abruptly stands up, shouts "God damned sports faeries!" and smashes it with a rolled up magazine, "Now I'm going to have to call the exterminators. There's never just one..." and then they all go back to playing their video game.

I don't know why, but the idea absolutely cracks me up.
posted by quin at 1:09 PM on August 19, 2011 [1 favorite]


I want some of that applesauce.
posted by Sophie1 at 1:10 PM on August 19, 2011


I was at 992 favorites just recently, and made a jokey, mildly clever comment in a video game thread. I thought it might put me close to the top, or maybe even get me to the 1000 mark.

Damn thing got 80 favorites. Like my old pa always said, you just never don't know.
posted by darksasami at 1:47 PM on August 19, 2011


You never can tell
posted by The Whelk at 1:55 PM on August 19, 2011


No, you drop a Rogue joke like that and it's comedy gold around here.
posted by GuyZero at 1:58 PM on August 19, 2011


Damn thing got 80 favorites. Like my old pa always said, you just never don't know.

Whoa. I have over 12000 favorites but I never had a single comment get more than 67. Kudos, dude.
posted by jonmc at 5:18 PM on August 19, 2011


Kattullus: "Why worry about cyberchits? Being anxious about not having reached a high, round number of favorites seems even weirder to me than being happy about achieving the same."

To be clear, that was just a joke. In the original comment I compared it to the "anxiety" of waiting for your odometer to tick over some auspicious number while stuck in traffic; the rest was just hyperbole for hyperbole's sake.
posted by Rhaomi at 9:09 PM on August 19, 2011


Damn irony, how can you be named after such a solid substance while being so difficult to grasp?! It's damn right ir... oh.
posted by Kattullus at 7:34 AM on August 20, 2011


I have 500 favorites right now, which pleases me, but not enough to start a random MeTa thread about it. So I'll use this one.

*\(^_^)/*
posted by silby at 5:06 PM on August 22, 2011


MONDAY NIGHT DANCE PARTY
posted by The Whelk at 5:08 PM on August 22, 2011


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posted by The Whelk at 5:13 PM on August 22, 2011


♪ ♪ <(^_^<) <(^_^)> (>-_-)> <(0_^)> ♬ ♫
posted by silby at 5:16 PM on August 22, 2011


~(o_o)~
posted by The Whelk at 5:19 PM on August 22, 2011


And... 13,000. I had hoped for something better to mark the occasion, but I take what I can get.

I take what I can get.
posted by GuyZero at 12:23 PM on August 23, 2011


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