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Old 29th Nov 2020, 04:39
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PPRuNe Needs A 'Like' Button

There are times when I simply want to agree with something that someone has said - usually in R&N - but can't be bothered to quote them and then say I agree.

Can we have a thumbs up button?
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Old 29th Nov 2020, 04:49
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Old 29th Nov 2020, 06:48
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I would use a like button for this post if there was one
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Old 29th Nov 2020, 07:24
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Agreed. It might also allow a quick indicator of user credibility amongst all the fluff?
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Old 29th Nov 2020, 07:36
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On the surface it may have benefit, however, it will not encourage a wider understanding of a particular subject since a decision whether to read a post or even a thread may come down to a few "Stars" or "Hearts".

Sometimes I read posts which I know will not support my view, to gain a better understanding of how others think and why. One would have to try not to allow "likes" to dilute this process. User credibility in who's eyes? Would this be used as a "soft" ignore list? Of late, I have found myself actually agreeing with posts made by CJ and K & C, both of whom could easily have made my ignore list in the past, but hey, ho the times they are a changing.

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Old 29th Nov 2020, 08:17
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There is also the fact that FB has got the "like" button and anything remotely similar massively patent protected.
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Old 29th Nov 2020, 08:43
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Originally Posted by OvertHawk View Post
There is also the fact that FB has got the "like" button and anything remotely similar massively patent protected.
It is an option of vBulletin forum software such as this one that PPRuNe runs on. Rather doub it has anything to do with FB and patents. Other vBulletin based forums have the 'like' option available, and it's just a matter of choice whether they are made available to use.

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Old 29th Nov 2020, 09:18
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If you got a 'like' button, would you also add a 'dislike' button?
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Old 29th Nov 2020, 09:42
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Originally Posted by Imagegear View Post
Of late, I have found myself actually agreeing with posts made by CJ and K & C

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Ah! So you have also noticed how strikingly similar the style and content of 'both' these posters is....
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Old 29th Nov 2020, 09:54
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I don't want a like button.

Like buttons are for FB where there are millions of people whose personal values are defined by big corporations and differing opinions are both despised and drowned out.

If you really like something then say so in words, and also say why you like it other than it just gives you a warm fuzzy feeling inside.
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Old 29th Nov 2020, 10:16
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On Social Media there are reports of sensitive souls doing themselves harm when their posts do not garner sufficient ' likes' or thumbs up
The one that gets my goat are those that quote tbe immediate previous post and add a very short agreement comment. Without adding to te discussion . What a waste of bandwidth.
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Old 29th Nov 2020, 10:29
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gee I wonder how that would work in the political threads
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Old 29th Nov 2020, 10:41
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StAn gelo - I'm not sure who should be the most embarrassed/annoyed/irritated by that pointless 'observation'. If you mean that we have managed to get past the 'you know', 'sort of', 'innit', 'kind of ' level of language, there may be a case - otherwise, while I support much of what he says, he is his own man - and all the better for it.
PS - your user name is a PITA to type!!! (CJ, alumnus of the Buzzard School of one finger typing)
Cattletruck - well said !
Kiltrash - similarly, well said - the unfortunately all-pervasive influence of FB, and similar, already causes harm.disproportionate to any perceived value.
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Old 29th Nov 2020, 11:19
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The forum for frequent flyers with almost 800,000 members, (actively and well moderated) has 'like' buttons, and seems to manage with some good discussion that don't appear to be hampered by the 'like' buttom. Fora that have a more 'mature' membership seem to manage quite well (Edit, I meant the membership seem to manage quite well using the 'like' button).

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Old 29th Nov 2020, 11:39
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Originally Posted by Kiltrash View Post
On Social Media there are reports of sensitive souls doing themselves harm when their posts do not garner sufficient ' likes' or thumbs up
The one that gets my goat are those that quote tbe immediate previous post and add a very short agreement comment. Without adding to te discussion . What a waste of bandwidth.
Really????
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Old 29th Nov 2020, 12:02
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Originally Posted by Farrell View Post
There are times when I simply want to agree with something that someone has said - usually in R&N - but can't be bothered to quote them and then say I agree.

Can we have a thumbs up button?
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Old 29th Nov 2020, 12:10
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Helol - You appear to have provided your own answer.
We 'immature' 85 year-olds will just have to soldier on in blissful, unapplauded ignorance. This forum provides an ample range of 'smileys' or 'emoticons' necessary, on occasion, to amplify or clarify points made. Those who need applause to make them feel better about themselves would, it seems, be natural candidate members for whatever forum it was that you suggested.
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Old 29th Nov 2020, 12:49
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Originally Posted by Cornish Jack View Post
Helol - You appear to have provided your own answer.
We 'immature' 85 year-olds will just have to soldier on in blissful, unapplauded ignorance. This forum provides an ample range of 'smileys' or 'emoticons' necessary, on occasion, to amplify or clarify points made. Those who need applause to make them feel better about themselves would, it seems, be natural candidate members for whatever forum it was that you suggested.
Oh dear. Let me clarifty, when I refer to 'mature' membership, I rather mean the vast majority being rather more mature than youngsters (teenagers quite often) membership base, so for example, on the other large forum I refer to simply to provide an example of how it works quite well, someone could post a link to a form required for travel, or to some latest FCDO travel advice, and those who see it, may simply wish to acknowledge it is useful by givng a 'like'.

People are getting hung up on the work 'like'.
Call it an 'ack' button, or 'thumbs up' or whatever, it is used quite often simply to acknowledge that a post or link/reference is useful. I do not refer, by the way, to FB/Instagram or whaever the latest social media platform for youngsters is, but for established fora whose membership use the 'like' in a similar way as I explain.

I don't think me (or anyone else), hitting a 'like' button to a useful reference or whatever is posted, will mean the originator feels the need to be applauded or 'feel better'. Sure, in teenage circles it may well do, but we are not discussing teenage fora (at least I am not).

I personally couldn't care less one way or another, but wanted to provide an example of how members elsewhere use it, without this outdated view that the posted 'needs to be applauded to feel better' or whatever the latest take on it is.

I'll leave it at that. Thank you. (Edit, I wasn't clear in my post that C.Jack refers to, so have edited accordingly to clarify)

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Old 29th Nov 2020, 13:09
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I would certainly use an agree (or even disagree) button for posts where I had nothing useful to add to the discussion.
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Old 29th Nov 2020, 13:41
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Surely a like button is something that is useful on FB or twitshare, but PPRuNe is a discussion forum, not a place to share what you had for breakfast or dinner and see how many likes you get. Liking or disliking a post makes no difference to the thread, it just means you may have read the post and have an opinion you don't want to share. Maybe it aids the author's ego but it certainly doesn't add to the discussion. It's a meaningless button-pressing exercise for those that don't have a lot to say.
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