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Comment author: RandomEA 09 July 2018 12:34:23AM *  8 points [-]

Requesting Help for a Compilation of Top EA Facebook Posts

In December 2015, Claire Zabel posted links to all posts in the EA Facebook group with 50 or more likes or comments. I think it's time for a similar post. From what I understand, the most liked and most commented on posts can be found using the "My groups dashboard" feature on Facebook. Unfortunately, I do not have a Facebook account. I am posting in this thread to request that someone with a Facebook account post the most liked and most commented on posts as a reply to this comment. I can then go through each of them and extract the key information about each (see below) so people can see if there are any they want to read without clicking every single one. I would then post this information as its own forum post. Alternatively, you can do the extracting yourself and post it as a forum post yourself.


  • Author: Initials are used to prevent future employers from easily associating the post with the author (unless the person is a prominent EA who is likely to remain in EA, in which case the full name is used).
  • Year: This can give people context as various ideas have become more or less accepted over time.
  • Text: If the full text is too long, an excerpt is chosen that encapsulates the post.
  • URL: This allows people to read the post for themselves.
  • Link Title: This helps people decide whether to click on the link.
  • Link Author: This is included when the identity of the author is relevant (generally only when the author is an EA).
  • Link URL: This allows people to go directly to the link without having to go to the post first.

You can see examples of this formatting below.

Posts with the Most Likes as of December 2015 (based on Claire Zabel's comment)






Posts with the Most Comments as of December 2015 (based on Claire Zabel's comment)

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Comment author: joel 13 August 2018 10:00:36PM 4 points [-]

As a learning exercise, I've been working on a web scraper to compile this info from the FB group.

Doing this in spare time, so it will likely be another week or two before I have a post put together, but posting here in the meantime as an FYI and to potentially gain 5 karma so I can post once it's ready :)

Comment author: joel 14 August 2018 04:24:34AM 1 point [-]

UPDATE: After scraping the initial post data, there are 200+ posts with 50 or more likes. (Obviously the group has gotten quite a bit more active over the past couple years!)

Not sure if there's a maximum length for a forum post, but regardless, this strikes me as probably too many "top posts" to feature. Would it be better to limit it to the top 50 posts? Top 100? Welcome any input on this.

Comment author: Peter_Hurford  (EA Profile) 14 August 2018 05:50:57AM 1 point [-]

Top 50 sounds good to me. Thanks for doing this.

Comment author: joel 22 August 2018 04:43:14AM 0 points [-]
Comment author: MichaelPlant 09 July 2018 09:39:58AM 1 point [-]

It seems you need the Grytics tool to do this. I can't work out to do it in facebook itself. Would also be interested to see this.