Imho the forum would be a much better place with the like option removed. It's killed off alot of the valuable posts it makes for a lazy attitude at the very least its use should be limited .
There's often dozens of likes under posts but very little interaction I personally feel there is less meaningful posts and certainly the posts dont expand in the dame way, I can understand why you suggested it but a few words of wrote wisdom or guidance I think would do a newbies confidence alot more good then a like imho, I just feel those likes could be discussions that would make the forum a richer place.I think I might have been the person to suggest having a 'like' button.
Springer was still running things at the time and I suggested having a like button as opposed to posting a fly and having two replies saying 'nice fly'.
At the time, Dave Carne was posting his exhibition grade fully dressed patterns. Mere mortals like me could never get involved in threads like that as it was skill beyond anything I could post, so a 'like' button to show some appreciation for posting, rather than 200 views and zero replies, I felt would be helpful.
The discussion on the forum had already declined after many contributors stopped posting, for reasons known only to them so I didn't feel that the like function would stop people from posting if they felt they could contribute to a thread.
At that time, it was only like and dislike. The additional icons appeared much later.
I still feel that the buttons are useful. Someone getting into tying and posting something and not getting any acknowledgement whatsoever might be off putting for them. Whereas a few likes might encourage them to keep posting.
That was very much how I saw things Gary.It's a difficult one JP.
I remember the discussion on the pros and cons at the time and I agree with Richard that the constructive comments had already dried up.
It's still the same. There are only the regular faces who comment and the ones that don't will not be swayed.
At least they can can hit the like button to show some appreciation.
Those who comment still do and those that don't will not ever.
We used to have a much more prominent Thanks button to reply to somebody who had commented on your post. I would like to see that back as you see a post with 30 replies and half are Thanks Eris, Thanks Ernie etc.
Correct. If the OP does not like the "like" button he can ignore it. Do away with the function and even less people will look in.Pretty standard across all forums. Removal would kill the forum.Id actually like to see it expanded upon. So instead of a post having 2 comments and 20 likes. You have a post with 2 comments. Sadly it's the way it is and you cant push people to leave comments due to the lack of emoticons what you end up with is a pre-2000 bulletin board.
Facebook did not exist.Why would less people look in? Because they are not having a like ? How did forums ever survive before?
The two things should not be trying to emulate each other Facebook is mainly photgraph based forums are about the discussion imhoFacebook did not exist.