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lou1661

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if you add a "like" you certainly need a dislike/disagree too. feedback is not always positive, but always valuable. A few words can give pointers or direction for all of us. if its too much effort to comment then don't, I don't post to see how many people like or comment, I'm sure that most others don't either. its about what interests you not about popularity and self gratification about how much appreciation you get for typing something.
 

Toddy

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Sorry, cross posted with lou1661, who makes a good clear argument :)

We had huge issues with a like/ rep button in the past. It became an enormous headache for the mods and totally discouraged many others. It became sycophantic with a generally troublesome group of folks pretty much abusing it and being Liked for truly stupid things, just to boost their rep count.

So, the final decision was that the forum thrives on conversation. It only takes a moment to type a few works of agreement or approval/disapproval, or discussion, and it encourages others to post…and no Like or Rep button.

Those who had the highest rep counts (earned, not artificially boosted) just shrugged and said they were fine with it, so no problems.

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Nice65

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If I remember correctly, this has come up before and the feeling was if anyone liked a post enough they'd make comment, thus adding to the forum.
 

Toddy

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Lots of forums have that feature, and it seems to work well.
….and some forums have enormous great lists of names of people who 'liked' every blooming post.
Some forums have long running disputes and some are very discouraging of wider ranging topics.
Some are very adult, some are very quiet, some are very busy. They're all different.

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Janne

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Got it, it was tried but not liked!

Thanks for the explanation!
Sorry, cross posted with lou1661, who makes a good clear argument :)

We had huge issues with a like/ rep button in the past. It became an enormous headache for the mods and totally discouraged many others. It became sycophantic with a generally troublesome group of folks pretty much abusing it and being Liked for truly stupid things, just to boost their rep count.

So, the final decision was that the forum thrives on conversation. It only takes a moment to type a few works of agreement or approval/disapproval, or discussion, and it encourages others to post…and no Like or Rep button.

Those who had the highest rep counts (earned, not artificially boosted) just shrugged and said they were fine with it, so no problems.

M
 

petrochemicals

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My opi ion is you can like anything, but how about a thanks button instead ? If you say thanks it only shows thanks, without POLITICS :rage:coming into it because of weight of numbers
 
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Toddy

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I think I'd prefer that tbh.
I am trying very hard to be positive about all the changes, and that includes the Like button. I'm very much in two minds about it but so far it seems to be causing neither grief nor controversy, so we'll hope.
I do like the 'thanks' idea though, so that instead of clicking that I liked something that made me laugh, or I agreed with or admired, it would only get a click if I was thanking someone for the posted information....or somesuch thing.

:dunno:
I think Admin/Lithril has quite enough on his ToDo list for the moment though.

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Nice65

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He's probably governed by the XenForo software too M. I'd imagine it's a case of we keep Like, or lose Like.

I'm fine with it as Like, I use another forum with it and it works fine. You know, see a pic of Fenna with a pink spork, no comment is needed, but a Like the post just gives a nod in its direction. I'm fairly sure John is not going to be lapping up the love and becoming egotistical, but will accept the nudge in good humour. As an example of course.
 
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Mesquite

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I'm fine with it as Like, I use another forum with it and it works fine. You know, see a pic of Fenna with a pink spork, no comment is needed, but a Like the post just gives a nod in its direction. I'm fairly sure John is not going to be lapping up the love and becoming egotistical, but will accept the nudge in good humour. As an example of course.
Like this you mean?
 

Nice65

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No, I'm afraid it was much more frightening than any of those. The theme is ballet. I cannot speak further for fear of another of my 'episodes'.