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Came here just to find out WTF that is. Seriously… WTF is that?

Some sort of religious/cultural ceremony where bowls of multi-colored ribbons are dumped out?

An alarm clock that exploded, leaving just the bells?

The business end of those party poppers?

This has been kind of driving me nuts since yesterday. I was just looking through the other “celebration” emojis and it’s no less confusing. Where are all of these bowl and cone-based parties I’m missing? :tada:

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They’re from France.

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…and the Italians cry into their fancy ice creams

Sadness Reaction GIF by MOODMAN

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The place where they put ceramics in my cake?

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Just saw a post I wish I could react with :fire: cause it was a great burn.

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Can we get a “confused as fuck” emoji please?

Not asking for a friend.

:confounded:

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… it’s called “fondant” :face_with_monocle:

:confused: :face_with_spiral_eyes: :crazy_face:

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I see two magic mushrooms, just vibing.

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Animated GIF

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tophat-confused

pain25

tophat-shrug

head scratch

upset

fool39 uh shrug

bunny-confused

confused gross

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I do notice that the new emoji system has screwed up my sidebar notifications.

This is what it looks like even when I have some “likes” and other emojis. No numbers on the side, but still lists of posts that have been “emoji’d.”

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The implementation seems inconsistent.

So, if all readers of a post just click the heart (“like”) as usual, without selecting a reaction option, the number of likes appears next to the heart (as in the 8 in the screenshot above), but you can no longer hover over the heart to see who liked the post.

If any reader of the post selected an alternative reaction, the count of all of the reactions (including regular likes) move to the left, where it is now possible to see the user names (but no longer their avatars).

I like the alternative reactions, but it feels like they could be better integrated into the UX.

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At the left, if you click on the numeral, then you can see the avatars for all the different reactions there.

ETA I agree it’s weird, but for me it’s often a case of just getting used to stuff and then it doesn’t bother me anymore…

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OK, yes I see that now. Thanks! Also, I just noticed that if you click (not just hover) on the right-side heart, you can see the avatars there as well.

It still feels inconsistent, but I suppose I’ll get used to the new way…

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Regarding implementation details (like the shifting notification area), we don’t have any control over those aspects. While I have shared those issues with the Discourse team, we’re just one of many customers of theirs. They accept feedback from users, though! If you’d like to ad your .02 as well, the plugin page (and instructions on how to add feature requests or bug reports is here:

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I guess no one can stop me from having an opinion: I prefer the plain old “like” button. It’s elegant; it’s simultaneously clearly binary and nonspecific enough to provide a variety of meanings; it does not take a lot of extra mental effort to give or receive.

I’ve always felt like the multiple reactions were a conspiracy that Facebook invented (or stole from someone, probably) to generate more “engagement” and do nefarious sentiment analysis machine learning so-forth. For that reason I always look on platforms with a bunch of different reactions a bit askance. I remain skeptical that they address a need that forum participants actually have. That said, others seem to be in favor of them, so.

Really I think I appreciate the simplicity of “liking” or not. I guess I’ll add that, as a rule, I try to avoid using reaction features in social platforms. Discourse is a notable exception.

Also, something something kissing jellyfish.

Anyway, just my 2.71828 cents!

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And the great thing is if you prefer that ol’ button it’s still there, feel free to press it to your :heart:'s content. :slight_smile:

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That is… not the same. Not only does the meaning of the heart change when placed in context alongside numerous other emoji, it also takes considerably more intellectual and emotional effort to receive reactions in the new system.

Anyway, it’s not like this is going to make me stop using BBS – I’m not Disappointed in BoingBoing, I just think it’s a design choice that’s not to my taste. I don’t particularly expect to sway any hearts and minds.

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