Like Button
11 responses | 67 likes
Started by Vandenplas - Dec. 20, 2017, 3:56 p.m.

I see no constructive use for the like button.  Give us a reason to keep it.  It is used very little and can be "jimmied."

Furthermore, it clutters the forum.  I vote to get rid of it.

See, I just jimmied it with 67 hits. 

Re: Like Button
By Julie_Hardy_Moderator - Dec. 20, 2017, 8:25 p.m.
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I would like to hear from those that said they wanted such a thing.

By JP - Dec. 20, 2017, 9:09 p.m.
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Because the author of any post can "like" his own post as many times as he wants to until his time or patience wears out, the number of likes a post racks up is no way a reliable indicator of how popular a given post is to others (which is the only reason for having a like button to begin with). As designed it's a huge failure.

Both Metmike and I (and probably others) have previously pointed this out.

I'm sure many (maybe most) would like to have a like button. But not the one that's currently offered here.

By Vandenplas - Dec. 20, 2017, 9:42 p.m.
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Why would you like a "like" button?

If there is a good reason for one, then there is a good reason for a "non-like" button as well.

 How about a "neutral" button too?

By TimNew - Dec. 21, 2017, 3:38 a.m.
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I think a like button is a good idea.

The idea that one person can hit like on the same post to infinity and back is somewhat of a drawback. That would be a fairly simple issue to manage/maintain.

Somewhat more expensive and less essential would be a list of "handles" that have liked a post, presented in a drop down.

By Vandenplas - Dec. 21, 2017, 5:17 a.m.
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Why do you like a "like"  button?

Hint:  I like ice cream because it tastes good.

Hint:  I like GM stock because I made a lot of money with it.

Hint:  I like faster cars and younger women because........?

Hint:  I like a "like" button because................?  

By Vandenplas - Dec. 21, 2017, 4:30 p.m.
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Have you been overwhelmed with the enthusiastic outpouring of support for the "like" button?   Unless I am mistaken, and unless posters are contacting you privately, I see only one poster liking the "like" button, and with no reasoning other than the poster likes the like button.

Amazing.  Amusing?  Hilarious?  Stirring?


By Julie_Hardy_Moderator - Dec. 21, 2017, 5:44 p.m.
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Well the other three might have died so the liking of the "like" button might be in jeopardy.

By Vandenplas - Dec. 21, 2017, 5:53 p.m.
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Stirring, indeed.  

By Julie_Hardy_Moderator - Dec. 21, 2017, 3:10 p.m.
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I like the idea of a person being able to use the like button once but any additional uses of it for the same topic is charged $100 for each use. Part of the registration process could include a user providing a valid credit card--kinda like when you check in to a hotel and there is a mini bar or video porn. This could get costly for at least two posters here but I would be really happy to provide such an amenity. I'm also thinking there should be a "dislike" and "get a life" button.

By TimNew - Dec. 21, 2017, 4:20 p.m.
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I like that,  but I'll have to be real careful   that I don't double tap  :-)

By Julie_Hardy_Moderator - Dec. 21, 2017, 5:42 p.m.
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Don't worry Tim, under that system there would be a message that would pop up "you are about to incur a $100 charge to your credit card, do you wish to proceed?"