Del.icio.us link - useful or no? May 17, 2005 6:30 AM   Subscribe

After seeing this simple del.ico.us feature, I was wondering... would a [save to del.ico.us] link for threads in MeFi and Ask MeFi be a useful addition?
posted by mathowie to Feature Requests at 6:30 AM (40 comments total)

personally, i'd rather have a more reliable site.
posted by andrew cooke at 6:33 AM on May 17, 2005


In case it wasn't clear, this would be on the timestamp of the post only (not on every comment), probably before the [!] and it might say "bookmark" or simply "save" or "del.ico.us" but those are details.

I've seen tons of delicious links to mefi threads lately and figured it might make it even easier for folks to track threads there.

personally, i'd rather have a more reliable site.

I added three hotfixes yesterday and tuned the java server slightly, and things have been better since last night when I finished.
posted by mathowie (staff) at 6:35 AM on May 17, 2005


thanks matt. hadn't read your comment on the older thread when i posted that.
posted by andrew cooke at 6:36 AM on May 17, 2005


"would a [save to del.ico.us] link for threads in MeFi and Ask MeFi be a useful addition?"

I, personally, wouldn't find it useful in any way. And it would be more (admittedly simple) UI gadgetry, which I think detracts from MetaFilter's beautiful simplicity.
posted by majick at 7:00 AM on May 17, 2005


Matt has enough to deal with without you begging him for new...fea...Oh hi matt!!

Yes, that would actually be a great idea. Does anyone know if this is something greasemonkey can do?
posted by odinsdream at 7:02 AM on May 17, 2005


I don't see any real need for it. Whenever I see a MeFi thread that I want on my del.icio.us, I just use the toolbar 'post' button - this wouldn't be performing anything different than what you're suggesting, right?
posted by nitsuj at 7:02 AM on May 17, 2005


It'd be a useful way for folks who want to save a thread for later perusal (rather than dropping a "." in it). If it's easy to do and can be done without looking hideous then why not?
posted by substrate at 7:13 AM on May 17, 2005


ooh, yus pls.
posted by bonaldi at 7:15 AM on May 17, 2005


because i can't put the "post to del.icio.us" button on my toolbar at work, i'd find it useful.
posted by crush-onastick at 7:22 AM on May 17, 2005


Hasn't the Firefox Brigade shown up in this thread yet? Surely there's some nifty plugin to do that for you? (And no, we don't all use Firefox, but then I don't use del.icio.us either, so a Firefox-only solution is, for once, fine with me.)
posted by DevilsAdvocate at 7:23 AM on May 17, 2005


I am not sure why this feature is necessary. del.icio.us already has bookmarklets for people to use to bookmark a page to del.icio.us. And Firefox already has an extention available for right-clicking to post a current page or link to del.icio.us.
posted by terrapin at 7:32 AM on May 17, 2005


It would be nice but there are other things that would be a higher priority, methinks.
posted by matildaben at 7:42 AM on May 17, 2005


No. Although this would be a useful feature, I have the following issues with it.

Firstly, anyone happy enough to use delicious and delicioused metafilter links are probably smart enough to use the firefox extension or an equivalant anyway. The last thing you need is idiots complaining about "features" which have nothing to do with you.

Secondly, I'd rather see bookmarked MeFi comments on my user page, and I think this is exactly the sort of feature you could charge for. If you add it to delicious now, then you're (a) unlikely to do it later and (b) it's gonna be hassle moving the links from one place to another.

My 2p.
posted by seanyboy at 7:45 AM on May 17, 2005


I am not sure why this feature is necessary

Because people are lazy and like to have all their stuff in one place (i.e. integrated) There are a lot of companies out there making money because of these things. I think this would be cool.
posted by vacapinta at 7:46 AM on May 17, 2005


I can see how this would be useful for Ask, but in the blue my preference would be to bookmark the links within the posts, not the posts themselves.
posted by SteveInMaine at 8:17 AM on May 17, 2005


it's a don't-care for me. I'd love to be able to bookmark threads to my userpage instead, having to leave MeFi just to get back into MeFi doesn't appeal too much.
posted by jessamyn at 8:17 AM on May 17, 2005


I suppose it'd be nice, but my "post to del.icio.us" bookmark works just fine.
posted by me3dia at 8:26 AM on May 17, 2005


I second seanyboy's comments.
posted by ajr at 8:32 AM on May 17, 2005


I second jessamyn & me3dia. I've only ever saved a couple of threads and am happy with 'exp. post del.icio.us' plugin. The posted links in FPP's are a different matter - them I save more often, but I do it from the outside websites anyways. *shrug*
posted by peacay at 8:42 AM on May 17, 2005


it's a don't-care for me. I'd love to be able to bookmark threads to my userpage instead, having to leave MeFi just to get back into MeFi doesn't appeal too much.

DITTO! Yes, yes, yes.
posted by Witty at 8:59 AM on May 17, 2005


I like del.icio.us and I like Metafilter but I don't see much point to this feature. Maybe if it could be switched on or off in user options that would be a nice compromise?
posted by dodgygeezer at 8:59 AM on May 17, 2005


Something to bookmark comments would be nice. Not back to delicious--that's easy enough now. Something within metafilter. Which would really be like tagging comments.
posted by airguitar at 9:08 AM on May 17, 2005


It'd be better for me to be able to save a particular thread for my own perusal here. I mentioned my pony way back in november...with our fearless leader complimenting the idea.

Again, i'd rather have it here than del.icio.us
posted by filmgeek at 9:42 AM on May 17, 2005


Count me among the few (?) who still don't understand what all the fuss is about concerning del.icio.us. So, you know, whatever.
posted by Dr. Wu at 9:47 AM on May 17, 2005


I do have a mefi favorites feature working in a beta form. I was thinking it would be part of a mefi pro thing for a couple bucks per month.
posted by mathowie (staff) at 9:53 AM on May 17, 2005


Uh oh... here we go. :^)
posted by Witty at 10:03 AM on May 17, 2005


Well... For me, it depends; I use the firefox extension to post anything quickly to delicious, but when I go back to mefi links from delicious, I'm not logged in, so if there were some pretty way to do it from here and remain logged in when you click the link back at delicious, that would be very nice.

Otherwise, in terms of my personal system, I guess I'm mostly indifferent.
posted by taz at 10:08 AM on May 17, 2005


these mefi pro fees, they'll be pro-rated for downtime, yes?
posted by quonsar at 10:51 AM on May 17, 2005


Sure, whenever the site's down there will be a link on the site you click to indicate that you're not getting uptime. Adjustments will be made on your monthly Metafilter bill.
posted by stupidsexyFlanders at 10:59 AM on May 17, 2005


jrun is coming, and boy, is he pissed.
posted by quonsar at 11:01 AM on May 17, 2005


yes, please
posted by theora55 at 11:18 AM on May 17, 2005


no. please.
posted by grateful at 11:20 AM on May 17, 2005


jrun is coming, and boy, is he pissed.

Strange, I'm always euphoric when I'm coming.

Bookmarklets already provide this feature in a non-site specific way. RSS will be far more useful.
posted by grouse at 11:23 AM on May 17, 2005


del.icio.us is a major pain in the ass, especially when it comes to deleting or editing multiple links. Favorites in IE is more user-friendly, especially for temporary links.
posted by mischief at 11:24 AM on May 17, 2005


I don't see what harm it would do to add the feature for those of us who do use del.icio.us. So I'm all for it.
posted by mhaw at 11:44 AM on May 17, 2005


There is no harm, really... except for those of us who would rather see the feature (that is bookmarking of some kind) added to the site differently. For me, I would prefer the feature to save boomarked threads locally, on my userpage for example. I don't and will never use del.icio.us. So I'd rather not see this effort "wasted" on something I won't use. I think our idea makes this tool available to more users, than it would be if it was tied into del.icio.us somehow. Either way, I'll live.
posted by Witty at 12:00 PM on May 17, 2005


I'm all for it. I'm not sure how this is "effort wasted" given that it is simple for you to implement. And when 2.0 comes out, we'll have our localized bookmarks and all will be fine.
posted by panoptican at 12:33 PM on May 17, 2005


What Witty said.
posted by deborah at 12:59 PM on May 17, 2005


It isn't a matter of simplicity... or how easy it is to use. I just know that, for me, if the feature involves anything outside of Metafilter, I won't use it. If tagging a thread saved it to my userpage, I would DEFINITELY use it. And I would bet more people would use such a feature if it did stay in-house. It's because of that, that I think any other choice for this idea would be a "waste". The goal should be which idea would benefit the most people and see the most use.
posted by Witty at 1:32 PM on May 17, 2005


After reading these responses, I'm changing my recommendation. I'd much much much prefer something to save pages WITHIN Metafilter.

This would be great, I'd like it if there were a public (and also possibly private area, but eh...i dont care) area of the user profile page to see what I've bookmarked.

That is, if I clicked on a thread to bookmark it, I could get to it through my user page, but so could any other member. In this way, if someone clicks my username, they can not only read a little about me, but see what threads I'm interested in following, as well.
posted by odinsdream at 5:51 PM on May 17, 2005


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