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I’ve been thinking along these lines for a while now, too. Not so much that we need a distinction between like and love (although I suppose he’s right about the icon being a misnomer) but “like” really is too over-broad.
I’ve seen Jeff arguing for less clutter and against “one liner”-type comments, so I think an array of standard response buttons could reduce those posts and allow us to easily support our fellow mutants succinctly. The icons on the buttons then show up in the post with numbers next to them. clicking the posted icons drops down a list of avatars. I think that grouping all these under “likes” in the user profile’s response drop-down is probably OK, though. Of course, users can click all that apply to a given post. These are the obvious ones that I’ve been able to come up with, but I’m sure there’s other good ones:
- “agree” (then an optional “add caveat/expand?” button pops up and takes user to standard reply field with a header that indicates “caveat to xxx post,” similar to quote reply)
- “came here to say this”/“beat me to it”
- “your post made me laugh”
- “best in thread” (only available to each user once per thread, duh. can be retracted and applied to a later post?)
- “joy”(I think the icon should be hands high-fiving)
- “I know that feel”
- “thank you” (can be used to acknowledge a response to you, or in the sense of “that opinion needed to be expressed”)
Particularly useful for “sad”. When you want to support a poster for saying something that provoked an emotional response, “like” is just not the right sentiment, and wording a full-blown reply can be really awkward for both you and that poster. When @Mister44 said in a recent thread that a funeral home donated a casket for his sister’s kid that only lived one day, it damn near floored me. I wanted to hit “like” as a show of support, but that word is crass in this case, and I had nothing to contribute in terms of an actual reply.
Note no “disagree.” That is too similar to a downvote and does not promote the community. Disagreement is more valid as a deliberate, well worded reply.
I don’t know how feasible making these are, I get that it would probably be a lot of work and “easier said than done.” And it does come with issues as far as where to put them/clutter, but I think it would get rid of the clutter of all these ideas expressed as full-blown replies. Would anyone actually use them or is it just overblown useless features? All I know is that personally, I often wish I had these when I use BBS. I use “like” for a lot of these ideas grudgingly/not really correctly since it’s my only option.