The Great Like Experiment of 2017

I am on my second large cup of coffee!

If this actually became a thing that a lot of people were doing it would be the number one reason not to allow likes.

“Pandering comment tangential to the discussion.” Let the likes roll in.

I’m not ready to campaign in favor of likes, but I might not have even realized they were turned on yet if I hadn’t been following this thread.

Maybe it’s because I do most of my reading on mobile these days, so I’m already reading the post—even short ones—before I’ve scrolled far enough to even see the heart icon. I can’t imagine actively checking that for a like count before reading each post, though maybe that’s easier to do involuntarily if you’re on a bigger screen.

Heart button has no psychological weight. Make it red. Then comes the revolution.

Wrong thread.

And like the Grinch when he realized what Christmas really meant to Whoville, you could make it grow in size as more likes were accumulated!

Maybe there could be a threshold where if you get enough likes, this is displayed instead of current heart image:

Oh hang on - it turns pink when you like something? That’s more like it. It’s like bringing colour to WW2 Paris in The Saboteur.

You get a like because The Saboteur was awesome and Pandemic was cut down before their time. Also, that game was my first exposure to Nina Simone’s “Feeling Good”, which is a key kickass song.

I feel like I’m picking on you, after my ignore feature crack some ways up, but:

How can you know this?

That song is awesome and sadly that was also my first exposure to it. Love it now though!

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See, when you say things like this it makes me think you have a closed mind about likes. They are better, you have decided, and no amount of discussion or forum activity (nebulous and slippery to categorize) will change your mind.

I also worry that you will push to eventually nest and hide posts based on popularity, requiring a click to display them. Isn’t that a feature of Discourse? I apologize in advance if I am mischaracterizing it.

To the best of my knowledge, the only place where posts are hidden or suppressed is when you click the “Summarize” button under the first post of a topic. I don’t know what voodoo creates the summary, but the summary is composed of only a fraction of the posts in the topic. During normal reading, nothing is suppressed.

Its an interesting thought, but it’s not like members of the community haven’t condemned likes as the path way to silence and damnation. It seems that both sides have members that can be closed minded.

My question is, what does success or failure look like? Most research starts with a hypothesis and hopefully a methodology, but it’s possible that @tomchick can’t tell us either, since that information might influence our behavior.

Still, I am curious to know what exactly @tomchick is measuring (if anything) and hopefully, after the experiment, he’ll be able to give us some insight into how this experiment influenced his final decision on Likes.

Then again, maybe this is less an experiment, and more an observation study (some those softies in economics or sociology might study). If that is the case, then I take issue with the title of this thread.

Right, I didn’t mean posts were nested here, but that on other boards using Discourse that was a feature that wumpus felt was the better way to manage a message board. Anyway, perhaps I am way off base here and wumpus actually feels that nested posts are bad, and if so I’m sorry. For some reason that’s stuck in my head as something he advocates.

If I remember correctly from the pre-change discussions, Discourse also has some features for community policing based on user level, where posts are hidden if they are flagged by enough people. Maybe you are thinking about that?

I must be missing the point of the thread you linked here, Because the written replies to the post you linked surely beat a simple ‘like’, IMO…

Anyway, having tried this a couple of days now, I have mixed feelings. In some threads, the likes work perfectly. The GIF-thread, the non-gif thread, the youtube thread: I would actually hate to see likes go now, because they are perfect for those threads. Not a lot of conversation there anyway, so liking the image or video is all that is needed, and the button does that job perfectly (particularly when you still don’t know how to post a GIF, like me…).

But in other threads, I don’t aprove of them at all. For example, Jpinard getting a bunch of likes but only a couple of responses feels completely wrong to me. Then again, I’m biased as hell ofcourse, and the Jpinard example is precisely what I’m afraid of. So perhaps I’m seeing things that aren’t really there, not to mention the fact that I’m not on the recieving end of those likes, so perhaps they work just as well as a written response for him?

I’m going to mess with things, and only like posts I don’t like.
If half of us did that, just think of the chaos that would ensue.

Well, that’s where we disagree. Not on the fact that it can be very difficult and scary to write a response to these kind of posts, I totally understand that and feel the same way. I do however think that a written response, no matter how awkward or simple, means a hell of lot to the one recieving it. At least, I personally would appreciate the effort very much if I were in that situation. And I fear that a lot of people who would have written a response when (because!) there was no option to like, will now choose only the easy option of that like. In which case it would not be “yes, and” at all.

Then again, I may be wrong. Perhaps people will still do both, and perhaps the one recieving the likes will appreciate that just as much as a written respons. In which case everything would be fine.

As for your wife’s dad: I’m very sorry to hear that. I know this is not the place or the time, particularly because it might look like I’m trying to prove a point here, but please believe me when I say I’m not. I wish you and your wife a lot of strenght and support in these difficult times.