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.
I would like to hear from those that said they wanted such a thing.
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.
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.
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................?
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?
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.