Why is my comment getting favorited so much?! March 24, 2018 1:24 PM   Subscribe

I swear this isn't a humblebrag. I'm perplexed.

I posted an AskMeFi question. The question itself has been favorited a perfectly normal number of times (5), and received a perfectly normal number of responses (6).

But then my update comment thanking y'all for helping me solve my problem has 29 favorites, idk what happened?? It's very gratifying, and my head's grown three sizes since I discovered this unexpected popularity, but the mystery is bugging me. Did someone link to it from somewhere, and if so, how can I find out where?
posted by MiraK to MetaFilter-Related at 1:24 PM (34 comments total) 5 users marked this as a favorite

I think people just like your update there.

But more generally -- there's a FAQ entry about how to figure out why an old post or comment is suddenly getting new favorites.
posted by LobsterMitten (staff) at 1:27 PM on March 24, 2018 [2 favorites]


People like Askers who post updates.
People like Askers who take their advice.
People like Askers who get what they wanted.
People like swearing.
posted by jacquilynne at 1:31 PM on March 24, 2018 [54 favorites]


Way to go MiraK, goddammit.
posted by strelitzia at 1:52 PM on March 24, 2018 [11 favorites]


It was a funny comment, but more than that, a high note in what sounded like a pretty horrible situation. Maybe not quite a happy ending, but in that direction.
posted by still_wears_a_hat at 2:13 PM on March 24, 2018 [9 favorites]


It’s a good & funny comment.
posted by Devils Rancher at 2:13 PM on March 24, 2018 [3 favorites]


I click like when

It's info I can use
It's an article(s) I want to read later
I like or agree with the comment
It made me laugh.
posted by brujita at 2:23 PM on March 24, 2018 [12 favorites]


Wait, so you did eat it? And lived? I'll have to find the comment and fav it.
posted by sammyo at 2:25 PM on March 24, 2018 [2 favorites]


I think it's because people are susceptible at this season of the year to a certain success story genre. And yours was beautifully set up with a triumphant and highly satisfying ending.
posted by Don Pepino at 3:00 PM on March 24, 2018 [5 favorites]


Agree with all the posters saying it's funny and a good resolution, but I also favourite people's updates to...I don't know, thank them for having come back and updated, basically.
posted by hurdy gurdy girl at 3:11 PM on March 24, 2018 [19 favorites]


If I may ask a somewhat related question, is there a good explanation of how I can be getting favorites this week on a answer to an ask me that was deleted over a month ago?
(subaru lesbian porn that devolved into chatfilter/rule 34 badness)
posted by Cold Lurkey at 3:50 PM on March 24, 2018 [1 favorite]


Well if you were perplexed by the number of favorites you got before you said anything, prepare to be super-ultra-mega-perplexed.
posted by nebulawindphone at 3:53 PM on March 24, 2018 [25 favorites]


Because you fucking DID THE THING. You didn't hem and haw for days. You rose up and made the call, and phone calls can be HARD. You achieved what you wanted -- no, what you DESERVED. I love those endings and you deserve all the favorites you get for that.
posted by kimberussell at 4:29 PM on March 24, 2018 [33 favorites]


Btw, there are responsibilities with being the HOH. Like you need to bake cookies for all who enter the house. We bow. You bake.
posted by AugustWest at 4:48 PM on March 24, 2018 [8 favorites]


With AskMe questions that I have no ability to answer but am interested in the outcome, I often "add to activity," and I will often favorite resolution-type comments from the OP, because it's nice to hear when things went well or to commiserate when they went poorly. So it makes sense to me that more people would favorite a resolution comment than would favorite or comment on the original post.

Plus, your question and comment were funny.
posted by lazuli at 4:53 PM on March 24, 2018 [1 favorite]


Yeah, that was a very good update. Totally deserving of many, many likes. Take back the power!
posted by MountainDaisy at 6:31 PM on March 24, 2018 [4 favorites]


I just favorited your update because I live around adults who refer to the "f-bomb*", so I'm always glad to see adults talk like motherfucking adults.

*Or, as my kids say, the "fuck-bomb".
posted by she's not there at 6:32 PM on March 24, 2018 [16 favorites]


I am a person who favorited your update. It was meant as a sign of support for you in your situation (especially given that it sounded like you were succeeding) + love of the comment + thought it was badass in general. A++ would favorite again.
posted by Mchelly at 8:02 PM on March 24, 2018 [3 favorites]


Can someone link the ask?
posted by tzikeh at 8:20 PM on March 24, 2018




I favorited it because it made me laugh and cheer for you. It takes a lot of wherewithal to call something big and doomy like “the IRS”. So, hooray! That was all :)
posted by crysflame at 12:06 AM on March 25, 2018 [3 favorites]


Oh, nebulawindphone, you called it!

Now, how does one cash in this massive number of favorites? Do I get a squeaky toy, or do I have enough for the large bunny?
posted by MiraK at 7:39 AM on March 25, 2018 [9 favorites]


I'm gonna favorite this one because you used the word humblebrag.
posted by elsietheeel at 9:28 AM on March 25, 2018 [1 favorite]


Those are righteous high-fives, my friend. *smack* And there's another one!
posted by wenestvedt at 10:19 AM on March 25, 2018 [1 favorite]


Askers actually taking the advice are rare.

Askers posting updates are rare.

Askers who both take the advice and post an update are cause for celebration.
posted by Jacqueline at 11:12 AM on March 25, 2018 [7 favorites]


Metafilter: subaru lesbian porn that devolved
posted by Sebmojo at 1:25 PM on March 25, 2018


A favourite represents an inspecific unit of emotion.
posted by Sebmojo at 1:26 PM on March 25, 2018 [4 favorites]


You did the thing. It was a good thing. You asked that we BOW BEFORE YOU.

There is no option for BOW BEFORE [USER]. So you get favorites instead!
posted by His thoughts were red thoughts at 12:47 AM on March 26, 2018 [4 favorites]


I didn't see the thread until now but if I had I probably would have favourited your answer because I love the sense of triumph it conveys over both the bureaucracy of the IRS and what I assume has not been a fun time in your personal life (plus I am always in favour of gratuitous swearing).

I rejoice in your newly assigned Head of Household status and hope you continue to take charge of your life, kick bureaucratic ass and be recognised as Head of your Household and any other title you might aspire to.
posted by *becca* at 3:42 AM on March 26, 2018 [2 favorites]


Someone else here who just favorited it (and bumped it into three figures, woo!), because sometimes the threshold for hitting that button is not that high. That's certainly true for a bunch of posts and comments that I've made; sometimes I'll put a lot of work into a post or comment and it's almost ignored, then I'll make a passing comment without really thinking about it and the updoots pour in. The race goes not always to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, &c.
posted by Halloween Jack at 8:53 AM on March 26, 2018 [1 favorite]


Askers actually taking the advice are rare.

Well, I'd say that's not true so much as it's a lot more memorable when someone conspicuously fails to take advice. Which is itself actually kinda rare but boy does it stick in folks' collective memory when it happens, especially in the case of a strong consensus.
posted by cortex (staff) at 10:08 AM on March 26, 2018 [1 favorite]


Now it's on the Popular page for Ask, so users (like me sometimes) who just want to dip in and skim some highlights from the last few days are going to see it!
posted by beandip at 10:44 AM on March 26, 2018 [1 favorite]


I favourited this last week because I found myself grinning hugely (and bowing, obv.) at your humour and sassy attitude.
posted by humph at 1:27 PM on March 26, 2018 [2 favorites]


So who is getting her the giant bunny?
posted by wheelieman at 8:51 AM on March 28, 2018 [1 favorite]


"BOW BEFORE ME" said it all, I think.
posted by jenfullmoon at 6:28 AM on April 3, 2018 [1 favorite]


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