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    Default We need a “Like” button.

    So many times I’ll read a brilliant statement, or a witty reaction, and I have nothing to ad, but would really like a way to show appreciation.
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    agreed.. seems to me the two most useful feedback buttons from the likes of book o' faces are 'thumbs up' & 'lol'.. both positive, & both can cut down on filler posts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Durnik View Post
    agreed.. seems to me the two most useful feedback buttons from the likes of book o' faces are 'thumbs up' & 'lol'.. both positive, & both can cut down on filler posts.
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    Default Re: We need a “Like” button.

    Yes absolutely.

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    Default Re: We need a “Like” button.

    I use --

    "^^^^"

    "Indeed"

    "Ayup"

    "Agree"

    etc. etc.
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    Default Re: We need a “Like” button.

    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Bow View Post
    So many times I’ll read a brilliant statement, or a witty reaction, and I have nothing to ad, but would really like a way to show appreciation.
    I Like your idea.

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    Default Re: We need a “Like” button.

    In as sophisticated a forum as ours is a like option would be nice.

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    Default Re: We need a “Like” button.

    The like button is the dark side of FB.
    Its a driver of click bait and the pregenator of second rate content.

    Before you know it there'll be threads of peoples breakfasts, and kittens.

    Careful what you wish for.
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    Default Re: We need a “Like” button.

    We already get breakfasts and indeed kittens.

    YouTube has a dislike button, but they now hide the count....
    I'd much rather lay in my bunk all freakin day lookin at Youtube videos .

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    Default Re: We need a “Like” button.

    A like button, so that mobs can reinforce their prejudices.

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    Default Re: We need a “Like” button.

    the above gets a dislike button....
    sorry, George.

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    Default Re: We need a “Like” button.

    Speak of the devil...

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    There are like button add-ins available for the version of vBulletin the forum runs on and later versions have them built in. If you google "vbulletin like button" you'll find many hits - though quite a few are "how do I turn them off?"...

    I'd just as soon not have them, as they can quickly become a popularity contest/bragging rights sort of thing. Just reply with a or or simply say "I agree"
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    Quote Originally Posted by Garret View Post
    .. they can quickly become a popularity contest/bragging rights sort of thing.
    unlike say post counts or join even date.. 0-:

    and I don't know that I ever saw a 'I had more likes than you' post on one of the less enlightened forums..

    now a thumbs down or other negative style reaction I do have reservations about, even tho - or perhaps because - negation is such a powerful concept/function.

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    My relatives all have like buttons on their cell phones. I do not.

    I sometimes send them a long, carefully composed text and get their response. I think, "It's only worth one button?"

    No thanks. Like buttons just pollute the discussion.
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    I'm with MIkey.
    Speak softly and carry a mouthful of marbles.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CWSmith View Post
    My relatives all have like buttons on their cell phones. I do not.

    I sometimes send them a long, carefully composed text and get their response. I think, "It's only worth one button?"

    No thanks. Like buttons just pollute the discussion.


    Android and iOs devices have a texting issue.. while iOs devices apply feedback to the text, Android, playing in a different system, can't do that and so gives the (in)famous and annoying 'laughed at an image'/'like "quoted text"'/etc. The problem, of course, is Apple.. and specifically, capitalism - and the placing of profit enforced via a closed ecosystem above functionality. A button on the forum would not have that issue - and Apple sharing the idea with Android would eliminate the problem.

    Meanwhile, you could just take their 'liking' your text to mean they did see it.. and perhaps feel their comments might detract from the weight of your 'long, carefully composed' text.

    Wait! Isn't your post 'old man shaking fist at clouds'?

    'laughed at a post' (-:

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    I have a good friend who responds to most of my texts with a thumbs up, nothing else. I really wish he would contribute something, anything, to the discussion. Don’t need no stinking like button. Say something with your brain instead.

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    We need a fart button and a sarcasm emoji first....
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    Agree the 'like' and other such buttons is a poor idea; they simply eviscerate the entire concept of an on-line forum/discussion. Really - do you need to 'see' how many others 'like' someone's post, to appreciate the sentiment?
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    Quote Originally Posted by George Jung View Post
    Really - do you need to 'see' how many others 'like' someone's post, to appreciate the sentiment?
    Only if you want to sell them something, enough use of the like button and you can target them economically and politically like putty in your hands...

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    Facebook is not a good role model. It's sort of like the stomach flu. Starts with a bit of vomit and has moves slowly through your body. Hopefully we're near the end of this virus.
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    Default Re: We need a “Like” button.

    Even better would be 'brilliant statement button.'

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    Quote Originally Posted by David W Pratt View Post
    Even better would be 'brilliant statement button.'
    stand that man a guinness
    Simpler is better, except when complicated looks really cool.

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    Default Re: We need a “Like” button.

    So, we need a BSB?

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    Default Re: We need a “Like” button.

    And a “Google is your friend” button. Then pretty soon we won’t need to talk to each other at all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ron ll View Post
    And a “Google is your friend” button. Then pretty soon we won’t need to talk to each other at all.
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    Default Re: We need a “Like” button.

    A like / +1 / thumbs up / upvote adds almost nothing of value to the discussion. In return, it takes a lof of value from the discussion. It incentivizes expressing support via a lazy click instead of building an argument on top of the other expressed view. It replaces a reasoned credibility assessment with counter comparison. It makes psychologically sound people degrade into seekers of shallow validation.

    Places like stack overflow or quora add to their value with a comment rating system, because the people there remain effectively anonymous. We are not. Whatever caulking advice, sanding opinion, or politician bashing - we know our standing, credibility and the context of each post. A small comment of sorts "Yeadon is right, of course" with a one liner why exactly is Yeadon right is infinitely more valuable than any counter can be.
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    isn't it simply a matter of course that yeadon is right?
    Simpler is better, except when complicated looks really cool.

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    So it is written.
    There's a lot of things they didn't tell me when I signed on with this outfit....

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    Quote Originally Posted by George Jung View Post
    Agree the 'like' and other such buttons is a poor idea; they simply eviscerate the entire concept of an on-line forum/discussion. Really - do you need to 'see' how many others 'like' someone's post, to appreciate the sentiment?

    Since when have you liked to have a discussion? All you ever do is drop smack and move on. Maybe a discussion for you is everyone in agreement, but if someone disagrees you immediately resort to insults and snarky phrases. You like to bully people into silence. You must be a great neighbor!

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    only with you, boaty McBoatface. You're not a straight-shooter, I'd go so far as to say you're troll-like. No respect for that; no interest in 'engaging'. Others here? Yeah. No problem.
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    Of course a like button adds value. It was beyond stupid for youtube to remove the thumbs down. The endorsement button allows many people with decades of experience to weigh in on an issue without creating another dumb “me too” post. And through this process, we gain insight from the experience of others.

    It’s actually dangerous in places like youtube where someone gives absolutely **** and dangerous advice. They get a few hundred likes and someone follows that advice and gets electrocuted. Whereas in the old thumbs down world, they would have had 10,000 dislikes.

    Dumb censorship to promote a political agenda silence critics.

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    Default Re: We need a “Like” button.

    Quote Originally Posted by George Jung View Post
    only with you, boaty McBoatface. You're not a straight-shooter, I'd go so far as to say you're troll-like. No respect for that; no interest in 'engaging'. Others here? Yeah. No problem.
    Naaah, I checked your recent posts in several threads including ones I don't follow - pure snark without substance.

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