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Goatboy

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Forum: - an open place for discussion.

So if we're having a discussion I can listen or take part. If I was to take part in a discussion I have to talk out. I'm naturally quite reserved in real life and have to prompt myself to take part. But just standing there going "here, here" like n Parliament doesn't add to the proceedings. I find it detractive from the proceedings.

We've addressed that some folk may be shy, have problems or too paranoid to post in public and they can be passive listeners or use some of the methods put forward to take part in a discussion. What about folk who don't want to sign up. Should they have a voice? The guests outnumber the members all the time, do you want them to have a voice too? No? I was maybe brought up to be polite and be forced to follow certain rules in society and having the gumption to take part in a conversation was one of them. Also through debating I learned that your voice needs to be in their to count and clarify.

This makes it sound like it matters more to me than it does. It's Tony's site and he allows my to socialise and play here for the grand sum of filling in a form and taking part. There's bits I ignore as I've either nothing salient to add, I'm not interested enough or I just have no feelings for and on these my vanity doesn't make me think that whether I care or not will mean anything to anyone.

It's great having finally a broad spectrum of folk engage with without having to wade through a morass of meaningless pap which breaks up the discussion.
 

mountainm

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Forum: - an open place for discussion.

It's great having finally a broad spectrum of folk engage with without having to wade through a morass of meaningless pap which breaks up the discussion.
I think a "thanks button" would remove a lot of the crap - as instead of endless posts of "+1" or "thanks" the OP's post would have a rating (thanked 10 times) - no other posts needed. Or was that the point you were making?
 

Toddy

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One of the sewing forums has a different system. Your posted word count affords you points/cash that you can spend on gifts to others. Thank you with a bunch of flowers (but they're expensive) or a virtual box of chocolates, or a cone, or a lollipop (which is relatively cheap).
Extra points for starting threads, welcoming newbies, posting tutorials, etc.,

But you can't give thanks until you have 'earned' their value first.


cheers,
Toddy
 

Qwerty

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A lot of debate on this one! I am firmly in the camp of yes please to a thanks button. There is a very large Irish forum (Boards.ie) with this feature and they have a tab where you can look at the most thanked posts in the last 24 or so hours. I've seen many great posts and threads that I may have otherwise have missed out on.

I've also seen the argument of posts being made in an attempt to receive 'thanks' (aka the 'thanks' whores), but conversely, it cuts back on the noise of +1/that was great/well done posts that really add nothing to the thread.
 

Goatboy

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I think a "thanks button" would remove a lot of the crap - as instead of endless posts of "+1" or "thanks" the OP's post would have a rating (thanked 10 times) - no other posts needed. Or was that the point you were making?
It would depend on how it would theoretically be implemented. If it was just a number at the top of the thread bar (which views kind of does already then I don't see it being a problem. But on all the boards 've been on it's someone starts a thread and then most of the page/pages are taken up with an almost vacant reply box with a "thumbs up" emoticon or "Thanks" with the odd reply thrown in. It makes for pretty sterile reading where as here there is a vibrancy and folk aren't just clicking a button to exercise their index finger.

You seem to like a good discussion and a bit of banter, would you rather be having an active discussion or reading what's effectively a roster of who showed up that day?

Plus I feel that it's good manners that if Someone like say Mr Fenna or Santaman who've said that posting can be difficult for various reasons post and we enjoy it then why not have the manners to actually say so? It'd be like getting your kids to rubber stamp a card saying "Thanks" for their Christmas presents rather than a call or letter. Just bad manners.
 

mountainm

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You seem to like a good discussion and a bit of banter, would you rather be having an active discussion or reading what's effectively a roster of who showed up that day?
LOL - yes I'll tend to open up my gob, often to stick my feet in it. Sometimes though - say a user asks for a recommendation, an easy way of tracking +1's may be handy. I'm not fussed either way to be honest.
 

Whittler Kev

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Not to me.
I just think its a nice way to say thanks to the post and you can easily see pertinent post instead of the usual "good point" "I agree" "+1! etc that add nothing to the thread.
It's not about liking someone its to say thank you for sharing information.
BTW if people don't like seeing the big list under a post it must mean lots of people click the thanks button so it must work. If people didn't like the idea they don't have to click it.
I personally can't see the harm in a "Thanks" (NOT LIKE :aargh4:) button. Answering or commenting "+1" etc on the post takes up a shed load more room than a list of thanks people would (I'm thinking bandwidth and storage room here) and quickly takes folks off the point the thread was trying to make - like this one has with the talk about like and dislike buttons:confused:
 

Goatboy

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LOL - yes I'll tend to open up my gob, often to stick my feet in it. Sometimes though - say a user asks for a recommendation, an easy way of tracking +1's may be handy. I'm not fussed either way to be honest.
Yes a counter may be handy I would just hate to see folk drift away from here due it becoming stilted. It's kind of a last bastion for old stick in the mud readers and writers who happen to have a very high skill level coupled with a lot of good feeling. Plus the active discussion help us form views. There are one or two who I would've quite gladly taken by the metaphorical throat when I first encountered them here who I now find through chatting away to be firm and valued friends.
Plus a bit dispassionate argy bargy is fun, debate doesn't have to get personal. As I know you and I know - you've entertained me on many occasion :D
 

Goatboy

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Not to me.
I just think its a nice way to say thanks to the post and you can easily see pertinent post instead of the usual "good point" "I agree" "+1! etc that add nothing to the thread.
It's not about liking someone its to say thank you for sharing information.
BTW if people don't like seeing the big list under a post it must mean lots of people click the thanks button so it must work. If people didn't like the idea they don't have to click it.
I personally can't see the harm in a "Thanks" (NOT LIKE :aargh4:) button. Answering or commenting "+1" etc on the post takes up a shed load more room than a list of thanks people would (I'm thinking bandwidth and storage room here) and quickly takes folks off the point the thread was trying to make - like this one has with the talk about like and dislike buttons:confused:
Can you enable a Thanks button on your Bushcraftblacksmith,wordress Blog? Though there is some nice comments from folk.;)
 
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May I ask ?

How come you'll both comment on a thread like this, but find it difficult to do so on the other ones ?

From my point of view, if you can join this conversation, then there's no reason why you can't join the others; no reason why you should not feel included, and no reason to remain silent.
Unlike a spoken conversation, all posts are 'heard', even when everyone's commenting at the same time.

cheers,
Toddy
Hi Toddy

I generally feel I have very little if anything to offer most other threads. I do occasionally comment and have started some threads but as a beginner I am frequently happier to watch and learn....I did however feel I wanted to add my opinion here. I for one would be likely to use a "thanks" button, I frequently feel that I would like to add my appreciation to a thread, particularly on reviews/articles etc by feel it is an empty post to write "thank you that" or similar repeatedly......
 

Toddy

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Thank you for joining the conversation :) and the explanation.

For the folks who do post, having someone join in the conversation is very much a plus :) It means that they know that someone's actually paying a bit of attention. It keeps the whole thing fresh having perhaps a different view, or an additional comment that triggers another thought or bit of information. Just even to kind of get to know someone else, even virtually, is a gently sociable thing :)
We don't get that with a button click.

Dave the Rave, I'm with you on the virtual chocolate.....you can't even choose whether it's Roses, Green and Black's or Booja booja :sigh: I'm told that it's the thought that counts though, not the calories :eek:

cheers,
Toddy
 

santaman2000

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How about you let them answer for themselves. :)

Seems reasonable to let them.
I'm sure they'll correct my post if it's wrong, but they've already indicated that they rarely post, so do you really mind if I interject with an observation?
 

santaman2000

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:goodjob: :thanks::thankyou:

Just a couple of emoticons in the list we can use..

So what your problem.... just put them up... no button needed...
Yes those are good. The only downside is that they still require a separate post; again, needlessly upping both the post count and the thread length.