Did the 'Like' Button disappear from posts?

Should the like button return?

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Raul_SJ

Legend
This poll speaks by itself, dear TTW authorities.
Go back, get into another meeting, and clean up this mess.
Since the removal of the like button there has been a marked improvement in civility and decorum at GPPD.
GPPD is now full of love.
:love:
 
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TheGhostOfAgassi

Talk Tennis Guru
I dont want it back!

@mods... you can see its already cooling down the like desperation. Give it another week and they're done w that.
 

Sudacafan

G.O.A.T.
Since the removal of the like button there has been a marked improvement in civility and decorum at GPPD.
The GPPD crime rate has fallen considerably. GPPD is now full of love.
:love:
The marked improvement in civility is just general apathy.
There are lots of vain users that don’t post anymore because there is no likes incentive.
The only threads that have activity in these days are the ones related with the likes suppression.
 

Zara

Hall of Fame
The marked improvement in civility is just general apathy.
There are lots of vain users that don’t post anymore because there is no likes incentive.
The only threads that have activity in these days are the ones related with the likes suppression.
And that's just pathetic.
 

sureshs

Bionic Poster
This week in August 1619, Slavery began with the British bringing 20 Africans to Virginia. Let us keep that in mind when we complain about issues like Like slavery.
 

Sudacafan

G.O.A.T.
This week in August 1619, Slavery began with the British bringing 20 Africans to Virginia. Let us keep that in mind when we complain about issues like Like slavery.
Next year, on Nov. 11, the Mayflower pilgrims arrived. The rest is history.
 

Poisoned Slice

Bionic Poster
Meles did make a fair point, bless him.

If there is no forum on life support during the US Open when crowds are high then I guess you can say it is a fair trade.

I still want likes, of course. But I'm starting to adjust. I might just make it.
 

Zara

Hall of Fame
On the apparent, the like button seems quite benign - simple even. But when you take it away from people who are very fond of using it, you can see the deep complexity behind this simple button.

I used to frequent a forum in the past and it had no like button and it was just as much fun. I went back to see if they have the like button by any chance and they don't and things seem just as normal.

Even here before 2015, there were no like button and I bet things were just fine.
 

flyingboris

Hall of Fame
The one upside is that it makes it less satisfying to just post memes. And yet.. I want them back. TTW just feels dead without likes.
 

Zara

Hall of Fame
Judgment/observation/whatever you wish to call it... The point is that "reserved and quiet" does not equate to "dishonest."

That's just your personal value system speaking.

I am not sure how many folks on these boards are truly "open," to be honest. And to be clear, I have no expectation of that or problem with it. But IMO, most here play a character, to some extent.

Looks like I had skimmed over another revealing remark in your previous post:


Bit off the mark—and borderline offensive—wouldn't you say? For some people, art constitutes their "real life."
But I never said "reserved & quiet" equates to "dishonest" and not even sure how you came to that conclusion in all honesty.

I'd say people are more open and true to self online than in real life. In real life, people really don't behave the way we behave online. The internet gives you the option to say whatever you want given that the person remains anonymous, especially on forums. If the forum didn't have restrictions on certain matters and behavior - then we'd have seen more of the actual character. In the corporate world, all the office related polls are conducted by third parties and the participants remain anonymous. The idea behind it is to get the actual views of things because people will not open up if you ask them directly as you'd put them right on the spot. In other word, we play characters far more in real life.

And nothing was off the mark or borderline offensive. Before you call anything borderline offensive, you need to be sure of the intent. And the intent to be offensive wasn't there. I know this and sure of it because I made the comment.

The artistic world is more a subjective world as it's far more imaginative and fictional as oppose to the objective world where things feel more real. Of course, art constitute their real life too but they do fail to connect to the actual life properly hence we see starving artists more than not.
 

thehustler

Semi-Pro
You know I'm not worried about the lack of a like button anymore. I remember initially wondering if someone whom I don't know liked something I said and for a brief moment it made me feel good. Then it all went away. Suddenly I'm worrying for whatever reason about if someone replies to a post of mine and puts a like. I'm asking myself why? Why do I need validation from a stranger on the internet? So now I'm at the point where I don't care. I just know I can scroll through some topics now rather quickly when I see someone reply to a post with a thumbs up or a Like since I know they didn't add any useful content. It's sad really that we're looking for that. On some topics I hope there's good debate without name calling and stupid stuff and others I hope people just make good fun posts.
 

Sander001

Hall of Fame
Whoever was threatened by a Like button enough to beg mods must have such deep seated insecurities that it would even make Trump turn red o_O
 

Zara

Hall of Fame
Interesting.

I've often wondered the same about those who choose (is it a choice?) to be drones utterly concrete. :)

Is there a thread about this?
Was that supposed to be offensive? Is it wrong to be (drones) utterly concrete? Isn't it just another expression?

All expressions are artistic even simplicity (or drones / concrete in your world). I'd go as far and say the Universe chooses (yes, because it has infinite options) to express the simplest way possible but it also allows all other expressions. Why limit to just any one thing when you can be many?

Also, what do you think of mass appeal which Federer's tennis seem to have. Djokovic's game seems to be far more complex and people don't seem to care for it as much, and yet, you prefer Federer - just like rest of the mass.
 
But I never said "reserved & quiet" equates to "dishonest" and not even sure how you came to that conclusion in all honesty.

I'd say people are more open and true to self online than in real life. In real life, people really don't behave the way we behave online. The internet gives you the option to say whatever you want given that the person remains anonymous, especially on forums. If the forum didn't have restrictions on certain matters and behavior - then we'd have seen more of the actual character. In the corporate world, all the office related polls are conducted by third parties and the participants remain anonymous. The idea behind it is to get the actual views of things because people will not open up if you ask them directly as you'd put them right on the spot. In other word, we play characters far more in real life.

And nothing was off the mark or borderline offensive. Before you call anything borderline offensive, you need to be sure of the intent. And the intent to be offensive wasn't there. I know this and sure of it because I made the comment.

The artistic world is more a subjective world as it's far more imaginative and fictional as oppose to the objective world where things feel more real. Of course, art constitute their real life too but they do fail to connect to the actual life properly hence we see starving artists more than not.
Re the conclusion, you said it yourself by stating that people are one or the other:
ome are open, honest and transparent whereas some are more reserved and private.

Re offensive remarks, people can only make them when they expressly intend to do so...? :unsure:

As far as artistic inclinations and/or appreciation, viewing life through that lens is infinitely more fulfilling, IMO.

Was that supposed to be offensive? Is it wrong to be (drones) utterly concrete? Isn't it just another expression?

All expressions are artistic even simplicity (or drones / concrete in your world). I'd go as far and say the Universe chooses (yes, because it has infinite options) to express the simplest way possible but it also allows all other expressions. Why limit to just any one thing when you can be many?

Also, what do you think of mass appeal which Federer's tennis seem to have. Djokovic's game seems to be far more complex and people don't seem to care for it as much, and yet, you prefer Federer - just like rest of the mass.
Say what? It wasn't personal, if that's what you're suggesting. However, imagination is vitally important to experience the full breadth of life. My signature on here encapsulates some of that view.

Federer is a remarkable force of nature; that's for sure. The ultimate tennis ambassador.
 
The removal of like button makes things all equal. I don’t like to see a poster having twice the amount of likes than his/her posts where the substance of the posts wasn’t there as much. And a poster with least amount of likes and yet the content of their posts are of much higher quality. I am always in favour of equality and balance.
Eh the like button is just a vehicle for agreeing or disagreeing (withholding a like) on something. But there are several other vehicles in place on this board that serve the exact same purpose. Therefore eliminating the like button does not really eliminate the core issue(s). I've never thought to myself that my opinion should be held in higher esteem simply because of a virtual like counter, or that anyone else with high post or like numbers opinions should be either.

There are two sides to every coin, and the like button - while it does have negatives - also brought about many positives. It was fun to 'reward' posters with great threads - whether it be crazy accurate predictions or silly memes. It was a good way to end a conversation that had been exhausted, a kind of virtual acknowledgement to the other person that you were done with the conversation/satisfied.

That said, the core issues I mentioned are all still present..flame wars, spam, vitriolic posts, trollbait threads etc. The like button removal did nothing to mitigate that. I'm not seeing some great epiphany in the minds of posters in which the content is suddenly immaculate and considerably richer. In fact to me a lot of it has been low quality as of late.

As far as substance goes - that is arbitrary, just like the like button. What is great content to some is drivel to others. You will not please 100 percent of people or gain their approval - with or without a button.

To me the removal of the system is trying to treat the symptoms rather than the disease/cause. In my opinion this website would be much better served handing out punishments more severely for perpetually offending users - such as more infractions, more temporary bans, and even more permanent bans if necessary.

There's my 2 cents.
 
Wait, so you weren't just being an a-hole for the sake of a-holishness all those times?! :oops:
There are many reasons for not liking a post, the main one being forgetfulness. But some people feel like no like is an automatic 'disagree'. People feeling like they are owed likes or upset that their content is not "rewarded" enough is probably part of why they removed it.

Nor do I consider anyone or myself an "a-hole" for not 'liking' a post.

Like I said, not everyone is going to like someone's content. Either through the button or just in general. You will not please everyone no matter what you say or how you write it.

The removal of the button is going to do nothing in terms of website improvement or easing 'moderation issues'. That onus is on the community, not a virtual button.
 
There are many reasons for not liking a post, the main one being forgetfulness. But some people feel like no like is an automatic 'disagree'. People feeling like they are owed likes or upset that their content is not "rewarded" enough is probably part of why they removed it.

Nor do I consider anyone or myself an "a-hole" for not 'liking' a post.

Like I said, not everyone is going to like someone's content. Either through the button or just in general. You will not please everyone no matter what you say or how you write it.

The removal of the button is going to do nothing in terms of website improvement or easing 'moderation issues'. That onus is on the community, not a virtual button.
At least all of the tribal high-fiving nonsense is a thing of the past.

Just need some transparency on that reporting now! 8-B
 
At least all of the tribal high-fiving nonsense is a thing of the past.

Just need some transparency on that reporting now! 8-B
Who really cares about tribal high fiving through the like button? It will just continue in other forms. In likely even more counterproductive ways now because it will be text based vitriol coming through instead of passive aggressive 'liking'.

And it will do nothing to deter those chronic post reporters you are so fond of. If anything they now probably have even more influence. Many of your threads are still all getting axed without the button, no?

Can't say I ever really saw the like button as a tribal thing. Not saying it cannot be interpreted as such but I never interpreted as such. I was very liberal in how I handed out my likes. They didn't need to be in my 'clique' or same fanbase to get the virtual high five from me.


This place has had its fair share of toxicity pre-current-and post the like button.
 
Who really cares about tribal high fiving through the like button? It will just continue in other forms. Even more counterproductive ways now because it will be text based vitriol coming through instead of passive aggressive 'liking'.

And it will do nothing to deter those chronic post reporters you are so fond of. If anything they now probably have even more influence. Many of your threads are still all getting axed without the button, no?

Can't say I ever really saw the like button as a tribal thing. Not saying it cannot be interpreted as such but I never interpreted as such. I was very liberal in how I handed out my likes. They didn't need to be in my 'clique' or same fanbase to get the virtual high five from me.


This place has had its fair share of toxicity pre-current-and post the like button.
Going to be much, much healthier exchanges moving forward.

Trolls aren't going to get the instant gratification they once had, either. Expect a number of them to vanish.

Will be wonderful to see what some of the more passive-aggressive "follow-the-leader" type posters can come up with now that they don't have a handy "Agreed." option. :)

P.S. If it wasn't made explicitly clear, I am the furthest thing from "fond of" serial post reporters. :cautious:
 

stringertom

Bionic Poster
Just make a phew more threads on the discontinuation of Like button and you'll be fine.

- Is the removal of Like button a Human Rights Violation (poll incl).
- Should UNSC be alerted about Like Violation
- Does/should US Constitution guarantee access for all to Like Button
- Blackest Day in History of Internet (Like Button)
- Yet another thread about the Like Button
- Is Like Button the New GOAT ?
- This is NOT a Like Button thread
- Will Like Button removal lead to WWIII ?
:-D (y)
 
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