POLL: How/why/when do you use your likes?

Consider this a data-only supplement to the main discussion here:

Poll based on aggregation and itemization of the sixty non-unique posts in thread above. Again, this thread is just the poll. Keep the discussion going in main thread.

##How/why/when do you use your likes?

  • Express agreement
  • Someone saying it better than you feel you ever could
  • Participation in what you see as worthwhile topic/discussion
  • Reciprocity for someone liking one of your comments
  • Reciprocity for someone responding to one of your comments
  • Encouragement of a new or infrequent commenter
  • Encouragement of someone expressing an unpopular opinion
  • Encouragement of a troll solely for lulz and/or group snarking
  • Show of sympathy or empathy
  • Indirect encouragement for others to continue this commenter’s train-of-thought
  • A new wonderful thing you didn’t know existed
  • An unusual/unexpected association that expands discussion
  • Analytical insight
  • Personal experience relevant to topic
  • Feeling mad feels after reading comment
  • Giggles/chuckles/laughs/hilarity convulsions
  • Masterful snark and/or savage burn
  • An unpopular but well-expressed opinion
  • An unpopular opinion, regardless of its eloquence
  • A case example of whatever is currently being criticized in discussion

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Liked for being a good use of [poll] tags.


I’m kind of feeling bad for the “trolls for lulz” and (appropriately) “ineloquently unpopular” options, which haven’t been picked by anyone as of right now. Such underdogs.


The latter (item #19) is somewhat redundant with #7 and #18, so I’ve contacted Rob to replace it with an item that @Wanderfound and I agreed (and one that I’d meant to put on the list in the first place) probably is on some BBers lists: ‘apologies/concessions/change-in-viewpoint’.

As to item #8: I figure anyone brash enough to bait rather than flag trolls would be brash enough to admit it. Worth keeping even if no one votes for it. That’ll just tell us that none polled think trolls are worth their time.


Wow agreement is at 100%. I wonder if that is because it is the first item in the poll. A cleverer poll arrangement might randomize the choices on page load :thinking:

Good to see troll encouragement at 0%, too, though I expect no less of BBS.

This is a very interesting poll, thanks for creating it!


Can we build polls that way yet? Does sound like it might be useful to have a “randomize order” toggle for some polls.


This is a good, thoughtful poll, so thanks for posting it!

Also, I liked it! :wink:


@discourse some improvements to polls, perhaps?

  • use full body width for poll :ballot_box_with_check:
  • let’s abandon button style in favor of more traditional glyphs for checkbox and radio (the whole area can still be a de-facto button, but does not need to have button styles or the green highlight) :ballot_box_with_check:
  • always show your avatar first, for the ones you voted for
  • when showing results, can we order by winners? :ballot_box_with_check:
  • “Vote Now!” should show in primary blue color once you select any option, e.g. incite the user to actually cast their vote. :ballot_box_with_check:

I just Number Fived you!

(The old #5 from the other thread: How You Like Ur Likes? )


@codinghorror nice update :thumbsup:


On a scale of 1 to 10 decifonzies, how cool is this update?

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0 voters

OK, the result sorting was busted an hour ago, but I redeployed a fix. So now when you show poll results, it’s in proper order of most votes.

By the way @discourse did all the work on this, so all kudos to him, please!




Hear! Hear! @discourse


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