SkimMetafilter - Show the "top" comments in a thread
April 16, 2013 8:32 PM   Subscribe

SkimMetafilter - Show the "top" comments in a thread
I made this bookmarklet to help me read through really long comment threads. Sometimes I don't have time to read through all of the comments, but still would like to read the "best" ones, especially those that contain supplementary information or links.

When you click the bookmarklet on a MeFi comments page, it retains enough comments to account for 90% of the favorites in that thread, and discards the rest. I've found that this gives me a reasonable overview of the discussion.

Obviously, this is most useful for a lurker like me.
Role: Programmer
posted by Idle Curiosity (6 comments total) 1 user marked this as a favorite

Sounds neat, can't seem to get it to work in Firefox 21. I've got Javascript enabled, I created a bookmark with that text as the link...but when I click it while on a MF page, nothing happens.
posted by Chrysostom at 9:18 PM on April 16, 2013

Yeah, I can't get it to work either in the latest Chrome/Mac.
posted by mathowie at 11:24 PM on April 16, 2013


There was a typo in the link. I've fixed it now. It is too long to paste here, so please copy it from the github page.

Thank you for your interest, Matt and Chrysostom.
posted by Idle Curiosity at 3:51 PM on April 17, 2013

Awesome tool! Changing the background colour gets a bit weird if you're on a sub-site though—use the bookmarklet on AskMe, and it suddenly looks like you're on the main site. Maybe you could just have it apply a transformation to the existing background colour?
posted by vasi at 12:01 PM on April 22, 2013

Very cool! I did something like this a while ago too--no idea if it still works, but I'd be more than happy to share it. In fact, you can probably pull the JS straight from the bookmarklet.

Also, the thread is kind of entertaining if you want to read it:

Hopefully, some of the less-than-enthusiastic folks stay out of your post :)

My post
posted by jdlugo at 4:21 PM on May 7, 2013

A few days ago I was reading some of the massive MetaTalk threads about changing community standards. I literally jotted down this exact idea. Nice work.
posted by daveliepmann at 9:28 AM on June 26, 2013

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