The Great Like Experiment of 2017


#550

I dunno, because he uses his own grief in an argument, insults another poster twice in an extremely personal and condescending manner, and then challenges other posters to outgrief him?

There’s a whole level of wrong there that I find thoroughly distasteful.


#551

Whut? Wrong thread? Cause THIS thread DELIVERS.


#553

#554

Gotta admit, the same thought crossed my mind.


#556

My thoughts and prayers are with the person who developed that game. It runs like ass on my iPhone 6 Plus. How’s the JavaScript performance on my phone relative to the game developer’s optimization efforts, Jeff? Should I consider upgrading to a Samsung S8 for smoother clicking?


#557

My axon pro runs it well. So sounds like an apple issue. My thoughts and prayers to apple users everywhere.


#558

So it looks like likes have now been turned off - phase two of the experiment is evidently underway. I kind of miss them already.

How’d everyone do? I know we all hate competitions around here, so instead of bragging about how many likes you received, let’s instead discuss how many likes we gave - how often did you feel the need to drop a like on some comment?

I myself gave out a measly eight likes. Not gonna break any records there! I think in the majority of cases, I also posted an actual response, so it barely affected my behavior.

However, I may hold the dubious honour of having the oldest post liked! @ydejin went way back in time and liked one of my posts from May 2013! QT3 never forgets.


#559

I still have hearts available.


#560

Oh wait, I think the button just got changed to this:

As you were everyone. Move along, nothing to see here.


#561

That’s what likes are, and you support likes. They are a platitude and a generic mark of insert emotion from people you barely know.

Thanks for agreeing with my prior argument that likes are often a thoroughly insipid reflection of inanity.

Will you be removing likes from Discourse as a whole by default?


#562

#563

I ❤ the heart like. Not sure why some themes have the plus icon.


#564

Depends on the theme you’re using.


#565

I like the plus better, and changed some of the non-default themes.


#566

As do I. I’m liking the post. Not falling in love with the author.


#567

Not with that attitude you’re not.


#568

I would like to continue with my campaign of complaining about Discourse’s abuse of the back button and point out that these 3 links were incredibly difficult to navigate to. (My browser button would have put me back to the unread list, so that was a no-no, so I had to rely on Discourse’s blue ‘back’ button which puts me +2 posts down from where I actually was. And each time I followed one of these links and clicked back I was a FURTHER TWO POSTS DOWN, which meant I was 6 posts down by the end of it. grr)

I often see comments from book/game/movie/tv show authors who say things like “hey, my book/movie/etc sold bucket loads and I’m Scroog McDucking it into cash every night, but my favourite thing is the letter I got from some kid the other day saying how much he liked my book/game/show! I’m make books/games/shows for free if I got letters like this”.

i.e. that people actually telling you your stuff is good is something humans like more than simply having their stuff looked at.

ps: On the topic of “likes encourage more meme posts”: I’ve seen those posts only getting one or two likes at a time, and wall o’ texts getting 8 likes. Either QT3 is weird or the premise doesn’t hold up. (Though ‘summarize this topic’ does feature a few of the gif replies, but they still don’t get past 3 likes each)


#569

http://neilpatel.com/blog/why-you-need-to-create-evergreen-long-form-content-and-how-to-produce-it/


#570

So can we assume everybody who isn’t part of this thread. is part of the control group in this experiment?


#571

I agree, people telling you your stuff is good feels pretty good. And it’s something people unlocked long ago, when language was invented. Clicking a button, on the other hand, conveys very little.