are we living through a mefi golden age? July 18, 2002 11:41 AM   Subscribe

stavros drew some heat for his call to arms for the improvement of metafilter, but we've seen a number of truly superior links posted since the new server went online. are we living through a mefi golden age?
posted by mlang to MetaFilter-Related at 11:41 AM (11 comments total)

which leads me to my second question: what's so wrong with 'great link' comments in a thread where the link(s) truly is (are) great?

we don't have mod points are karma or mojo or '+ this is good' buttons รข?? which is a good thing... but we therefore don't have any feedback mechanism by which to recognize a truly superlative post. most of those threads i linked to above didn't have a great deal of discussion (truly unique links often don't generate conversation; if there's anything to be added, it's usually personal experience/contact with the subject of the post). so i don't think there's any harm in recognizing a poster's achievement with a little pat on the back.

'me too' comments express nothing but agreement with a stated opinion and therefore add nothing to a discussion. but 'excellent post' comments express community approval... and we certainly don't consider it useless when people complain about the quality of a post. so why the (unwritten) restriction on acknowledging first-rate contributions?
posted by mlang at 11:56 AM on July 18, 2002

obviously, it doesn't need to be said more than a couple times; a 4,000-post thread saying nothing but 'great post, thanks' would be idiotic. but that's only a theoretical happening anyway. reasonable people know when enough is enough.
posted by mlang at 11:59 AM on July 18, 2002

shut up
posted by jpoulos at 12:01 PM on July 18, 2002

What mlang said...great post...actually, excellent!
posted by Mack Twain at 12:06 PM on July 18, 2002

what's gotten into you, mlang?
posted by moz at 12:23 PM on July 18, 2002

Just couldn't resist, eh, jp?
posted by yhbc at 12:23 PM on July 18, 2002


Theres a huge diversity of links here and so many great posts that its hardly fair to pick out a few (I feel I can/should say this because you picked one of mine and thus I cant be accused of envy)

While I dont mind a pat on the head and some indication that someone finds my posts interesting, I post what I post because its what I want to share with the community here. (Personally, my favorite threads are music threads where I always learn about a new band or a new sub-genre I was not aware of before.)

Being singled out for praise gives me that queasy feeling you get when the teacher makes you stand up and forces the rest of the classroom to praise you - you just know you're gonna get beat up at recess.

I'm not one of those kids. Now you've made me feel like posting a boobies thread to prove it. :)

(on preview: what moz said)
posted by vacapinta at 12:28 PM on July 18, 2002

what's gotten into you, mlang?

overdue philosophy paper.
posted by mlang at 12:33 PM on July 18, 2002

ahh, mlang, I recognize my own avoidance behavior in you. I remember well my (& my college roomie's) traditional pre-test cleaning frenzies as we'd rather do *anything* but study.

Anyway, I agree with you that it would be a Good Thing to have some way to indicate which threads are cooler / suck less. Yes, this could easily spiral out of control into a huge-ass headache, which is probably why mathowie hasn't done it yet.

I've often thought myself of doing a "best of metafilter" or "my favorite metafilter threads/comments" feature or something on my site, but when it comes down to it I'm too lazy and there are already too many things that need doing that I'm not getting around to.

I think just a simple three "I think this is a good thread" points a day per person might be a way to nudge the finer threads into better notice.

Lots of people just plum don't have the *time* to go through every thread, and it would be nice to have the choicest ones pointed out.

Yes, it's subjective yadda yadda yadda and no system is perfect, but something, methinks, would be better than nothing.

And if matt doesn't do it eventually, then other people would (and maybe we should anyway).
posted by beth at 3:42 PM on July 18, 2002

You mean all of the best posts won't evenutally end up on (or won't have originated on) the daypop top 40?
posted by willnot at 4:03 PM on July 18, 2002

"truly unique links often don't generate conversation"

What makes a low comment thread unique and good as opposed to unique and bad?

"reasonable people know when enough is enough"

I want more than enough =)
posted by mikhail at 12:03 AM on July 19, 2002

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