Favorites are an internal bookmark system for MetaFilter -- a way to save a good thread or comment to a central place that you can come back to later to catch up or read again. To save a post to your favorites, you simply hit the [+] link. It should show up on your favorites page, which is linked in the header menu and on your own user page. You can remove your favorites from the Favorites page or by clicking the [-] link.
Your favorites are public, so other readers will know what you've saved for later. If you want to keep things private, use your browser's bookmark functionality instead. If a comment has been chosen as a favorite, it will have a number in brackets next to the [+] link indicating how many people chose it as a favorite. Clicking the number will show you a list of who favorited that comment. You can mark your own comments as favorites (but your userpage does contain a link to all the comments and posts you have made, so you do not need to favorite them for reference). (tags: favoritesfeatures ) May 10, 2006 - permalink - back to questions
What do the counts on the Popular Posts or Popular Questions page mean?
The Popular Posts tab on MetaFilter and the Popular Questions tab on Ask MetaFilter show posts and questions that have received the most favorites from members within a specific time period: the last 24 hours, 7 days, 30 days, or all time.
While browsing these pages you can see both the total number of favorites and the number of favorites added within the current set time period. Favorite counts are shown as a text link that says something like [24 favorites (12 in the last 24 hours)]. That means the post has received 12 favorites in the specified time period and 24 favorites total. If a post only has [x favorites] listed, that means all favorites were added within the specified time period. Click the link to see the list of all members who added the post as a favorite and when they added it. (tags: favoritescustomviewsstats ) December 13, 2008 - permalink - back to questions
Why can't I add favorites?
Can I see which posts or comments have received the most favorites?
Yes. The Popular page displays the posts and comments with the most favorites over the past 7 days. The Favorites tab on both Metafilter and Ask Metafilter's front pages will show you the most popular posts. See here for more details. Bear in mind the "all time" list is limited by when the favorites feature was introduced. (tags: favoritesstats ) December 10, 2012 - permalink - back to questions
What is My Favorites?
The My Favorites tab shows recent comment activity in threads you have favorited. If you favorite selectively, this is a way to monitor threads you are interested in, without commenting and adding them to your Recent Activity. (tags: favoritescustomviews ) December 10, 2012 - permalink - back to questions
Can I make a selective list of threads that I want to follow? Can I follow threads without commenting in them?
Some people want to follow threads in a way similar to Recent Activity, but without commenting in them. Right now, you can do this by favoriting only threads you want to follow, and then using the My Favorites tab (see here) to track activity from those threads. (tags: customviewsfavoritesrecentactivity ) December 10, 2012 - permalink - back to questions
Can I change how favorites are displayed for me? Can I hide them entirely?
Yes. You can change how favorites are displayed to you, throughout the site, by changing a setting in your Preferences.
The options are:
- Default - shows a number indicating how many favorites a comment has
- "Has Favorites" - only indicates if a comment has favorites or not, does not show a number. If you want to see the number for a given comment, you can reveal it by mousing-over the phrase "has favorites".
- "Hide Favorites" - does not display favorites to you at all (however, you can still use the Favorite feature) (tags: favoritespreferences ) December 11, 2012 - permalink - back to questions
Can I search within my favorites?
Yes. Click on the number after "Favorites:" from your profile and you will be taken to a page that includes a search window you can use. Type the word(s) you would like to find into the search window and then click "Search." The first returns will be from your favorited posts, and if you then click on the "Comments" tab on that results page, you'll see search returns for comments. (tags: favoritessearch ) April 14, 2014 - permalink - back to questions
How many favorites can I add in a day?
There is an upper limit of 240 favorites per day (that you can add), to keep people from abusing the favorites system. You can receive as many favorites as people decide to give you. (tags: favorites ) February 18, 2009 - permalink - back to questions