Free market for Likes?


#1

Continuing a discussion from Rules for Regulars:

In that thread I suggested the following:

How about a free market for likes? I’m probably too stingy with mine, but would gladly give the ones I don’t use away.

@tropo wanted me to move this to a new meta topic, so here we are.


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A Non-Market Solution for Likes
#2

First question: Can we accumulate likes like vacation days? Or are they “use it or lose it” likes?

Because your proposal would work well with former but not the latter.


#3

I can’t speak for @codinghorror, but the based on his past opinions on things, I’d say that it’s going to be a matter of convincing him that it somehow improves discussion. Discourse is gamified to produce good conversation, turning likes into a commodity may just turn like markets into a game itself.


#4

It could be a Trade Wars style marketplace. I mean, shit, how can anybody call this a BBS without some goddamn door games!


#5

That sounds like a super fun idea that also seems likely to increase interaction between accounts. OTOH maybe I’m not clear on how it would work.

If I wanted more likes and you had a surplus, would you just gratuitously tranfer some portion to me?

What could I offer in exchange other than, say, a promise to transfer the same number of likes back to you plus an additional number at a future time?


#6

I think the prospect of this is one reason why this will never be implemented.


#7

But what if you give me 1 like today in exhange for 2 likes on Tuesday? That seems like a fun idea to me that people would … LIKE!! :smiley_cat:


#8


#9

Does that mean we get badges for accumalting say 1000 likes through trading.


#10

That’s just what i was thinking! :grinning:


#11

Further down the free market rabbit hole…

  • you can trade likes, but they’re still associated with the original owner’s profile. This way different commenters’ likes can acquire a specific value based on factors like rarity and relative status.

  • give someone a certain number of likes in exchange for them being your sockpuppet on a thread. Just pm or email them your chosen comments in advance and you can create your own army.

  • based on the first point, some regulars’ likes might be worth multiple times the value a lower ranking commenter. An enterprising regular could therefore purchase the entire supply of some commenters in exchange for a fraction of their own. After having acquired several of these slave accounts, the regular could then use these likes as they wish or trade them on to someone else for a fee. They could also loan their likes out and bundle the like debt before selling it off.


#12

So you want to destroy the socialist utopia where everyone receives a universal basic income of likes by promoting inequality through capitalism? Tut-tut.


#13

So, basically a cap-and-trade system for likes? This sounds like an imported solution in search of a problem. As @ActionAbe suggests, this would likely turn into an all-pervasive game I’d rather not play.

Feel grateful for the days when you run out of likes; it suggests—without mutual exclusion—that you’re either a generous person or that the observations from those on BB were, on that particular day, just that interesting and insightful.


#14

Remove caps on likes and consider expanding the options for communication by adding other options like /. Or remove likes completely and just rely on text, emojis, jpgs and gifs?


#15

I guess this is the implied meaning.

Or treat your replies as “golden tickets” that have a bit more value, where you reply with specifics of why you liked someone’s post and what was great about it.

In some ways a reply is the highest compliment you can pay a post: it was worthy of your time. (That’s also why it is generally a bad idea to respond to overt trolling / bad faith posts.)


#16

:man:‍:heart:‍:man::man:‍:heart:‍:man::man:‍:heart:‍:man:
Five stars. Would like again.

(Someday you’re gonna highlander me, aren’t you?)


#17

Down with capitalism!


#18

Ha, you thought you could create a capitalists system right under our noses? You thought wrong! Father Lenin is on his way.


#19

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