I noticed that I’ve started clicking on “like” on the initial posts to the BBS that are automagically created under the author’s name when new postings happen to the BB front page.
I surveyed the 30 last active such threads (so you don’t have to - excluding all non-boing posts, natch), and see that a whopping 9 have had 1 person (and no more than one person) “like” that initial post. Some usual suspects including @JonasEggeater and @Cowicide seem to be early adopters.
By any metric, such as pageviews, or views of the comment thread, or number of unique comment thread participants, these “likes” on the initial post seem to be a far underestimation of the actual interest generated by the front-page post.
Certainly, there is a user-education dimension to improving the accuracy if you ever wanted to use it as a feedback metric for what the audience likes. Though, that could probably be accomplished via some auto-text added to the initial autopost that says something like “if you want to see more of this type of content on our front page then please click the like button.” Or, changing the feedback buttons on the intial auto-post for greater affordance.
I also recognize that the bb editors are famously independent and may not want such a feature / metric. But it might be of value to some other Discourse community, so here it is.
ps- wow, @codinghorror, this is the first time I’ve seen the “your topic is similar to…” popup. That’s a fucking sweet idea, though only 1 of the 7 presented is in the ballpark (viz., “what about additional post reactions other than like”). What’s the percentage of how often a similar suggestion is clicked through compared to how often it is presented?