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How about a "Like" button for ProZ.com forum posts?
Thread poster: philgoddard
philgoddard
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Jul 11, 2013

I often read forum posts that make me think, or laugh, or both, and it would be nice to express my appreciation for them without necessarily posting a response.

I just did a search to see if this question had been asked already, and while I didn't find it, I did find lots of posts saying words to the effect of "If there were a Like button, I'd be pressing it now."

What do you think?


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János Untener  Identity Verified
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I advise against it Jul 11, 2013

The negative effects of likes/upvotes/agrees you see on social media sites:
The objectivity of the posts immediately declines
Witty but pointless one-liners appear
People start wasting their time checking their likes
And most importantly: "liking" something does not add plus content

This is a professional site and I see no professional reason why they should implement it.
What's next? Poking your colleagues?

U

[Edited at 2013-07-11 18:33 GMT]


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Angie Garbarino  Identity Verified
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Against it 2 Jul 11, 2013

János Untener wrote:

The negative effects of likes/upvotes/agrees you see on social media sites:
The objectivity of the posts immediately declines
something does not add plus content


For the aforementioned reasons


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Evonymus (Ewa Kazmierczak)  Identity Verified
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:) Jul 11, 2013

János Untener wrote:
People start wasting their time checking their likes
U

[Edited at 2013-07-11 18:33 GMT]

And now they/we are wasting time checking if anyone replied "agree"
It's their/our time

philgoddard wrote:
What do you think?

like
Ewa

[Edited at 2013-07-11 18:51 GMT]

[Edited at 2013-07-11 18:54 GMT]


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2G Trad  Identity Verified
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If there were a Like button, I'd be pressing it now Jul 11, 2013

philgoddard:
I often read forum posts that make me think, or laugh, or both, and it would be nice to express my appreciation for them without necessarily posting a response.

I just did a search to see if this question had been asked already, and while I didn't find it, I did find lots of posts saying words to the effect of "If there were a Like button, I'd be pressing it now."

What do you think?


I would also add another function which lets you hide specific users' posts, as I have seen in many other professional forums.


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Josephine Cassar  Identity Verified
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Like Button Jul 11, 2013

I often felt like-if only there was a like button to something someone said- not necessarily for the whole post. However, I also realise the danger of such a button, as people might feel inclined to check all the time. It is a hassle answering to a whole post sometimes

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Samuel Murray  Identity Verified
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How about an improved "Like" function, instead? Jul 12, 2013

philgoddard wrote:
I often read forum posts that make me think, or laugh, or both, and it would be nice to express my appreciation for them without necessarily posting a response.


I agree that such a feature would be nice. It would result in better quality forum threads because people would not be forced to write complete replies when all they really want to do is "Like" the post. But the problem with "Like" or such buttons is that they quickly get used for things that are not their original meaning. For example, if someone posts sad news on FB, you have to press "Like" to indicate that you *don't* like it.

What I would find useful is the ability to write very short comments, i.e. "quick comments". One can place a character limit on such comments (say, 100 characters), and integrate it into the thread layout so that it doesn't interfere with the flow of the conversation (e.g. let it appear directly under the post that it refers to, in smaller font. Have a rule (hope it gets enforced) that you're not allowed to reply to quick comments by adding more quick comments.

Right now, if you write a "Like" type of reply, your reply appears at the bottom of the thread, far away from the message that you're "liking", and it interrupts the thread. People who visit the thread have to navigate both "Like" type of posts and posts that actually say something new.


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Jack Doughty  Identity Verified
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Dislike Jul 12, 2013

I joined Facebook in its early days when my daughter nominated me as a "friend", but I soon took an intense dislike to it and all its works. It didn't give any clue how to leave it, I had to look it up on Google, and it was a complicated process. I would hate to see "like" buttons, "friend" nominations and all that wide-circulation Facebook-style chitchat appearing on ProZ.

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Emma Goldsmith  Identity Verified
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Like +1 Jul 12, 2013

I'd definitely like a like button.

Far too much space is taken up in threads by people quoting an entire post just to write "I agree" underneath it.


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Claire Cox
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Me too Jul 12, 2013

Emma Goldsmith wrote:

I'd definitely like a like button.

Far too much space is taken up in threads by people quoting an entire post just to write "I agree" underneath it.


Definitely a good idea. It's up to individuals whether they check back for "Likes" on their own posts, but it gives posters support and indicates to others that a post might be worth reading at a quick glance.


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Suzan Hamer  Identity Verified
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Hear, hear. Jul 12, 2013

Emma Goldsmith wrote:

Far too much space is taken up in threads by people quoting an entire post just to write "I agree" underneath it.


When I "like" something someone said, I simply write "Hear, hear" in the title line, and perhaps shorten the quoted part of the text to the bit I'm specifically responding to, and if I have nothing else to say, because you must place something in the topic body space, just type a period...

"The correct term is, 'hear, hear!' It is an abbreviation for 'hear, all ye good people, hear what this brilliant and eloquent speaker has to say!'" (http://www.straightdope.com/columns/read/1489/why-do-people-say-hear-hear )

" Hear hear (Wikipedia):
…Hear, hear is an expression used as a short repeated form of hear ye and hear him. It represents a listener's agreement with the point being made by a speaker.

It was originally an imperative for directing attention to speakers, and has since been used, according to the Oxford English Dictionary, as “the regular form of cheering in the House of Commons”, with many purposes depending on the intonation of its user. It is often incorrectly spelled “here here”, especially on websites…" (http://www.unbecominglevity.com/2008/11/10/hear-hear-or-here-here/ )

How about a hear, hear button?


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Steve Kerry  Identity Verified
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Like Jul 12, 2013

I think that a "like" button is a quick and easy way to approve of a post without, as others have said, the time and space-consuming process of quoting it in full form. I can't see how it would have any significantly adverse effect on users who do not feel a need for it.

Steve K.


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Sheila Wilson  Identity Verified
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Not a "like"; but a comment box would be great Jul 12, 2013

Samuel Murray wrote:
What I would find useful is the ability to write very short comments, i.e. "quick comments". One can place a character limit on such comments (say, 100 characters), and integrate it into the thread layout so that it doesn't interfere with the flow of the conversation (e.g. let it appear directly under the post that it refers to, in smaller font. Have a rule (hope it gets enforced) that you're not allowed to reply to quick comments by adding more quick comments.

Please let's not let ProZ.com go down the same route as Facebook. You can't have one button that says:
I agree
That's funny
Thanks
No opinion about most of the post, but I like sentence 6
My sympathy
Good luck!
Bad luck!
Been there, done that.

All those and more are placed in replies further down the thread. I don't find them particularly intrusive, though it is annoying when someone quotes the entire post just to leave a comment. However, it would be great if they could be stored in a little box with the original post. And to have the option of linking your short comment to a particular quote within the post would be even better.

I own a Kindle and I sometimes notice some text is underlined and if I were to click on it I'd find out what people had said about it. Perhaps something along those lines would work?


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Samuel Murray  Identity Verified
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@Sheila Jul 12, 2013

Sheila Wilson wrote:
It would be great if [quick comments] could be stored in a little box with the original post.


Thanks for the support.

And to have the option of linking your short comment to a particular quote within the post would be even better. ... I own a Kindle and I sometimes notice some text is underlined and if I were to click on it I'd find out what people had said about it. Perhaps something along those lines would work?


I think that if people want to comment on something specific in a post, then a full reply with quoted text is suitable. I would not object to what you suggest, but I don't think it is necessary. Yes, the quick comment feature would be limited in that you can't see what the person is agreeing with (if he agrees with a very specific piece of text), but that is exactly what is happening now anyway -- people post "agree" posts without saying what exactly they agree with, i.e. they agree with the author's sentiments in general and not with something specific that he had said.


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Max Deryagin  Identity Verified
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This is a no-no Jul 12, 2013

János Untener wrote:

The negative effects of likes/upvotes/agrees you see on social media sites:
The objectivity of the posts immediately declines
Witty but pointless one-liners appear
People start wasting their time checking their likes
And most importantly: "liking" something does not add plus content

This is a professional site and I see no professional reason why they should implement it.
What's next? Poking your colleagues?


Spot on. Whoever knows what Reddit is will definitely dislike the idea.


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