We Have a New Like Button

Unfortunately we’ve lost old likes (which is sad because I was really enjoying all that sweet, sweet internet validation lately), but on the bright side this one is less obtrusive and not affected by comment editing.

Two questions:

  • Do we want a thumb or a heart
  • Do we want upvotes and downvotes, or just upvotes? Leaning toward the latter since we’ve gotten downvote spammed in the past.

14 Comments

  1. CrazyEd says:
    Having seen both while you were messing around with them, I definitely like the look of the hearts more, and I think it should be upvotes only. I think regular users of the site would get far less use out of a negative button than angry people from FFN would. If someone doesn’t like a post, they should make their own post explaining why, but making a post just to say “yeah, I agree” is a waste of time and energy.

    Is this just a visual reskin of the old button or a new button entirely? I always used to get the feeling that some sort of technical glitch was responsible for a lot of the liked posts (because the alternative is that you people like me and that’s just far less believable). Plus, sometimes it’d have the broken heart unlike button instead of the like button, even though I didn’t like the post.

    But mostly the fact that, if the likes weren’t the result of a glitch, it means you people like my ideas.




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    1. Act says:

      I like the look of the heart more, too, but I did feel a little like it was unclear what it was, whereas the thumbs-up is obviously an upvote button. That could just be me.

      This is indeed a totally new plugin. While the old one was glitchy, the one thing it did do was keep careful track of who was upvoting what, and I can confirm I never saw and issues on that front!




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      1. CrazyEd says:
        What else would the heart be?

        I do dislike the heart being on the right side, though. I’m not sure why, but it may be that it just seems wrong to have the “I like this” button so close to the “I want to report this” button, or because it’s not right on top of the report button so it looks kind of like the plugin is pushing the report button over to the left (which may very well be the case). When it was on the left, above the reply button, it didn’t do that.




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  2. Heatth says:

    I vote for just upvote. Downvote is too easily abusable and I am not convinced they actually add anything to the discussion.

    That said, we should be able to remove our own upvote, which it seems we aren’t.




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    1. CrazyEd says:
      It also seems like I’m having trouble liking a post. I’m not sure if this is because I already liked it yesterday and forgot about it because the plugin lacks a different icon to represent you already liked it, the number doesn’t automatically update like the old one, or if it’s just a legitimate error.



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  3. Anonymous says:
    Anonymous lurker chiming in; I pretty much agree with the opinions already stated that just an upvote button would be the better opinion. (Not sure about the idea of being able to remove it, though… but I’m currently incapable of articulating why.)

    I also much prefer the look of a heart over a thumbs-up myself. Hearts are cute, and personally, the thumbs-up button seems a little… lacking, I suppose, in comparison.

    The upvote button should probably be by the reply option, though… its current positioning seems like it would cause some annoyances from accidentally clicking on the report option instead of upvoting.




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  4. Roarke says:

    Argh, and it took me so long to get over the loss of my Disqus likes.

    1. Thumbs-up is more clear. That gets my vote.

    2. Yeah, no downvotes.

    3. No chance we could get back the function of saying who liked a post, I am guessing? It was fun to point out that trolls were just self-loving. (I’m not that invested in it; it’s just for the sake of the joke).




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    1. CrazyEd says:
      Just assume that all liked posts are the fault of system glitches and you won’t mind losing them at all!



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      1. Act says:

        FYI one or two of your comments ended up in spam — our spam filter is very aggressive unless you’re advertising pharmaceuticals. Might be worth making an account to avoid it.




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        1. CrazyEd says:
          Yeah, once or twice I’ve seen a little green bar above a comment that said “your comment is pending moderation”. Do you have any idea what about them actually triggered the filter?

          I probably should make an account after all this time. That’s one’a them OCD things I told you about in that conversation about trigger warnings a few days ago. But for some reason, entering a guest name and e-mail just seems like so much less effort than entering a user name and password. Try figuring that one out!




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  5. illhousen says:

    Hearts are better. It motivated me to occasionally like the post since I liked to see someone’s soul destroyed.

    Downvotes are mostly useless, especially in a small community like that. You won’t get any useful data, just someone’s expressed butthurt.

    No opinion on the ability to remove the like. I guess it’s better to have that than not?

    I did like the ability to tell who liked what post to keep a list of people who don’t like me so I could hate them forever to point out when trolls liked themselves, though it’s not absolutely crucial.




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    1. Roarke says:

      The heart break was a part of the vote-removal function. Without that, it’s just a normal heart. 




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  6. GoldenFalls says:

    I like the heart better than the thumbs-up.




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  7. I’d prefer to have neither of them because internet validation is pointless. However, thumbs up looks better than hearts and if one of two must be, it might as well be the thumb up.

    Also now unupvoted comments have a “heart zero” at their bottom, as if we’re Captain Planet villains or something.




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