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As of November 1, 2009, favorite counts are not displayed on comments, as part of a (planned) month-long test. The favorite counts are present, though hidden, in the HTML, so displaying them is relatively easy.

Re-enabling favorite counts, or just changing the note from "faved," is doable. Instructions follow.

Re-enabling favorite counts

From profile / preferences

This is new! On your preferences page, there's a "Show comment favorite counts?" checkbox (and hit the "Save your Preferences" button). This is saved with cookies, so this is independently set on each browser & computer you use to browse Mefi.

Custom user stylesheet

pb documented what to add to a user stylesheet, & koeselitz wrote step-by-step directions:

For Internet Explorer

  • Download this tiny stylesheet file.
  • Click on Tools -> Internet Options.
  • Under "Appearance," click the "Accessibility" button.
  • Check the box that says "Format documents using my style sheet," and then click "Browse" to navigate to that stylesheet file you just downloaded (restore_mefi_fave_count.css).
  • Click "OK" twice, reload the page, and you will see favorite counts again.

For Mozilla Firefox

Using Stylish

  • Install the Stylish add-on.
  • Once Firefox has restarted, click on the tiny "S" icon on the right side of the status bar, which is the bar at the very bottom of your browser, and choose "Manage Styles." Alternately, go to Tools -> Add-ons and go to the User Styles tab. Click the "Write a New Style" button.
  • In the "New style" box, just give the style a name (any name will do) and type or paste the following into the big white text box:
.oldFav{display:inline !important;

Click "save" and close the "Add-ons" menu.

  • Reload the page, and favorite counts will have returned.

Without installing a plugin

  • Again, download that little stylesheet. (Right-click on that last link and select "Save link as.")
  • Rename it userContent.css and move or copy it to the chrome directory -
    • On Windows: C:\Program Files\Mozilla Firefox\defaults\profile\chrome
    • On Macs: ~/Library/Application Support/Firefox/Profiles/[profile ID]/chrome
    • On Linux: ~/.mozilla/firefox/[profile ID]/chrome/
  • Restart your browser. Favorite counts should be visible.

- originally from koeselitz & letourneau


From letourneau:

  • save that little stylesheet, "anywhere you want with any name you want; then you'll just need to tell your browser that you want to use this .css file as your user stylesheet. In Safari, it's in Preferences > Advanced > Style sheet."


Via cj_, the Legacy Favorites GreaseMonkey script.


Via cj_, the Legacy Favorites bookmarklet.

  • Verified in Firefox. Others?


pronoiac wrote a Greasemonkey script to "Change the note on comments with favorites, from "faved" to a phrase of your liking."