V.com discussion 'like' buttons??
I know its very FB like, but I think the discussion area of V.com would really benefit from a 'like' button on each comment. One problem is that as the topics get longer it becomes increasingly difficult to read all the responses and identify the strong ones. A 'like' counter would help me at least.
The existence of a "+1" button might be nice.
I dont like the idea at all. It sort of makes a rank i the responses in the discussions and Im not sure whats the point of making some answers get more prestige than others. I do like it that if someone likes someone elses response then one may write iti in words, it sort of makes things more civlized and human. And as people behave here very well compared to FB why change anything? In fb many people are so rude that it makes my heart sometimes cry for myself and for others.
What makes you think that a post receiving most likes is the most substantial, or strong one?
+1 for the jump-to-the-bottom. Curiously, *sometimes* v.com only shows me the responses I have not seen yet, but for some reason this works only rarely.
"What makes you think that a post receiving most likes is the most substantial, or strong one?"
I agree with the idea of a "top comments" function but "liking" makes it too much of a popularity contest. 'Safer' opinions (and opinions from people we think are more knowledgeable) will always end up at the top. I'm not cynical at all, I think this would realistically be what happened.
I like forums that allow members to award individuals positive or negative karma. I'm a karma whore and it makes me behave better.
I have never done Facebook, or Twitter for that matter, so I am unfamiliar with how that would work but I like the idea of a “like” indicator. The comments need to be displayed in a sequential manner and not by like rating, or the comment may not be understood - they build from each other in a well mannered thread.
I wonder if "Like" is patented by Facebook. Lydia's "+1" alternative would have the same function without the "ick factor". I agree with Lydia also that it would be nice to have "scroll to the bottom" and "scroll to the top" functions.
I often see affirmations to opinions expressed here.This is most like a real conversation IMHO. I go to another site where you can award karma points whatever that is? Anyone can award anyone else for any reason. It's more of a "we like you" button I guess?
I have mixed feelings about the suggestion, I think it makes it just too easy to like or dislike rather than making a more substantive contribution to the discussion IMO, and probably even influences some posts. What I'd rather see is the ability to jump to last read post, and back to the forum posts listing from the end of a thread.
I think Gordon is onto something - Reddit-style upvotes/downvotes, based on whether it contributes to discussion (not "whether I agree") would be a good idea.
Look into why Facebook created those “like” buttons and you won’t want them.
Perhaps good ideas, good advice, truth etc can all be very unpopular?
A quick look at any of the Krakovich threads should convince everyone that "like" or "upvote" buttons are a bad idea here.
I had the same thought as Andrew. We'd appear to be ganging up on Mr. K. Also, sincere audio/video posters take a big risk, and with like buttons it'd be way too easy for every Tom, Dick, and Harry wandering onto our site to "like" any well-meaning (or not so well-meaning) criticism. It would discourage folks from posting their playing for feedback.
Instead of a "like" I'm commenting that I agree with several responses here, especially being in line with the reasoning Timothy expressed.
Pretty sure we're already ganging up on David (whether or not we're right to do so).
Thank you for the idea and I always welcome ideas, but the "like" buttons are unlikely here! :)
Re: David, I don't consider the honest critiques to be "ganging up." But I have no doubt that, if "likes" were possible without actually posting, especially if the identities of the people "liking" a post weren't visible, some of the outright mockery would get a ton of "likes."
Lydia, if you want a "jump to the bottom of the thread" button, most browsers will go to the bottom of the page when you press Alt-End.
I feel that once something has been said & agreed with a few times, any further repetition counts as "ganging up". But some people are just asking for it.
I plead guilty to sometimes attempting to expand a subject or associate something to a subject that others would probably think isn't directly pertinent and I can see why some would want to have more control over that.In my case this is usually well meaning in trying to tie something similar into a discussion, but I can see where a person who wants to keep things more rigid to the point would get frustrated.I have been laying out of more discussions lately for that reason even if I find it interesting.I don't want to take away the direction of the post, though sometimes another direction can help it. In some cases I might be trying to stimulate a discussion in a post that has died since I really wanted to know more about it.
Timothy said ",,,,I realize that by calling it violinist.com this seems very selective.I'm sure you have your reasons for this approach and I plead ignorance as to why it's like that.I don't intend to step on any toes. This is just my observation from the outside."
To me, "like" buttons are too kitschy for a site like violinist.com.
I think that the number of replies to a given topic is already an indication of how much it is liked (pun intended)! No need for further complication, IMHO.