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Salt Lake City

Joined:Dec 2012
Message Posted: Sep 24, 2013 5:50:01 AM

I agree SO much with what a lot of people have posted. I would like it if there was a way I could let them know. I can name them in posts that I make, but it is unlikely they will see that, so it would be great if there was a way for people to see when others like a post they made. A LOT of people just write "old news" or "yesterday's news". Others write "ok", but some people really make an effort to write something worth reading. I hate the "old news" type posts because I am not obsessed with reading newspapers and other forms of news media, so the articles are often NOT "old news" for me. Sometimes they are about things that seem like common knowledge to me, but what is common knowledge to me may not be to someone else, so that article still has value. I also do see value in articles that aren't always specifically about gas prices. Some people get irritated if the article isn't related to gas prices only. There is more to life than gas prices, as much as I love this website and the App. I have saved A LOT of money by taking a different route home to pass a certain gas station that wasn't out of my way at all, I just needed to know that there was a station on that particular route that was significantly cheaper. Sure, I can write on someone's whiteboard to tell them I liked a comment they made and agree with them, but that takes a lot more effort.
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Champion Author Pittsburgh

Joined:Mar 2003
Message Posted: Sep 25, 2013 6:22:24 AM

Yeah we did the like thing and it was a disaster.
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Champion Author Tampa

Joined:May 2004
Message Posted: Sep 24, 2013 8:26:14 PM

First you can see all the rest of the news -- so the "old" news that is new to YOU doesn't need to be on the "Top Five".

Maybe if you read the news for a while you will eventually find that you agree with the assessment of others about old news.

Like/Dislikes are worthless as indicated by Gasbuddy and Scrapheap and Celticheart. It has failed here before and it fails on many other boards.

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Champion Author Virginia

Joined:Sep 2006
Message Posted: Sep 24, 2013 4:58:36 PM

This suggestion has been made a number of times. A version of it was actually tried and scrapped. That is what has happened on the other boards I've used that have tried something like this.

Ultimately what happens is groups of friends pump up each others posts just because they are friends, not because of the content of the post.
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Champion Author Maryland

Joined:Aug 2004
Message Posted: Sep 24, 2013 4:30:19 PM

"Also it might tend to be annoying if everyone clogged up a an author's whiteboard."

As I haven't heard very many people saying that their whiteboard's have been clogged up by people already posting their likes/dislikes of message board posts, and the likelihood that most people won't bother to acknowledge threads (without points), I don't see the "clogging up" to be a significant problem if it's even a problem at all.

But the "like/dislike" by iteself adds, to me, nothing to the value of the original post other than someone "like it" or "didn't like it", whatever that's supposed to mean in the absence of anything else. If a post is valuable or significant enough to comment on, why not continue to acknowledge where it's visible by others interested in that same thread, in the discussion thread (as I'm doing here, and not on your white board).

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Champion Author Sacramento

Joined:May 2007
Message Posted: Sep 24, 2013 3:19:47 PM

This suggestion has been added to the Suggestion Tracking List as a new topic on an existing subject.

GB: Writing on an author's whiteboard does not convey the assessment to the readership of a topic, only to the author. The success of the Like/Dislike phenomena is due in major part its visibility to all. Also it might tend to be annoying if everyone clogged up a an author's whiteboard.
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Champion Author Maryland

Joined:Aug 2004
Message Posted: Sep 24, 2013 2:52:12 PM


First, writing on a whiteboard and saying you liked a comment and you agree with them doesn't seem to me to take very much effort, let alone a lot more effort than a "like" option.

Simply clicking on a "like" option (versus posting in the thread or on the white board) doesn't let the other member know that you liked the comment and that you agree with it, that you liked it but disagreed with it, or that you simply are acknowleding that the member said something simply "good to see a comment".

Second, a simple "like" doesn't add any value unless there's an option to indicate "dislike", which also doesn't mean much unless there's an explanation why you "dislike" it. Is it a dislike because you don't agree with the post, or because it's ill explained or simply not informative?

All a simple "like" indicates is "okay" or "I agree", something that you don't feel worth reading.

If you really think a post or comment, suggestion or opinion, etc., is worth acknowledging, than it should be worth a minute or two to respond rather than tossing a flippant "like" which doesn't let the original poster know anything other than you "like" something, whatever the "like" is supposed to mean.

For example, if I agree with what you wrote in the original about having a "like" button post but disagree with your reasoning - or for that matter find your reasoning irrational or lacking - should I say "like"? If there's no "dislike" option, how do I indicate that? If I understand and accept your reasoning but disagree with it, should I indicate "like" or can I "dislike". And if I dislike, and you have no idea why, how does that add to the discussion.

All that said, this "Facebook" type "like" topic has been discussed in other threads and it's "old news". How do or how should I indicate that?

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Champion Author Detroit

Joined:Aug 2004
Message Posted: Sep 24, 2013 10:06:03 AM

Was already done, abused and deleted
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