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    Tdol is offline Editor, UsingEnglish.com
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    Default Like- a new way to say Thanks

    The old system with the Thanks button has now been replaced by a link with the word Like. It serves the same purpose, so you can use it to thank someone or show agreement, etc, but has extra features- a thumb appears a the top of the page, which allow you to find popular posts in longer threads.

    The rather excitable makers say that:
    The "Likes" system allows your users to effortlessly provide feedback to one another on the content they find most useful. Most importantly, this activity creates an underlying layer of data that works as a "Social Graph" for your community, opening the doors to a myriad of USEFUL features that have the potential to alter the way we interact with forums in different ways.
    Last edited by Red5; 16-Mar-2011 at 13:37. Reason: Changed 'heart' to 'thumb'

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    Default Re: Like- a new way to say Thanks

    I'm probably in the minority, but I don't like the new system. It reminds me too much of Facebook, and the "heart" function seems a bit juvenile.

    Just my opinion.

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    Default Re: Like- a new way to say Thanks

    I agree with Jasmin, but the new system is more searchable.

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    Default Re: Like- a new way to say Thanks

    Quote Originally Posted by Jasmin165 View Post
    I'm probably in the minority, but I don't like the new system. It reminds me too much of Facebook, and the "heart" function seems a bit juvenile.

    Just my opinion.
    I doubt whether you'd be in the minority.
    I wonder if there's a way to turn off being alerted to "private messages" every time someone "likes" your post.

    PS: I can't wait to join those eight social sites to share all these posts I like so much!

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    Default Re: Like- a new way to say Thanks

    Quote Originally Posted by birdeen's call View Post
    I agree with Jasmin, but the new system is more searchable.
    How is it more searchable?

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    Default Re: Like- a new way to say Thanks

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    How is it more searchable?
    Liked posts are now listed in a searchable form, for example: http://www.usingenglish.com/forum/me...likes_received

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    Default Re: Like- a new way to say Thanks

    Quote Originally Posted by Jasmin165 View Post
    the "heart" function seems a bit juvenile
    The image has now been changed to a thumb.
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    Default Re: Like- a new way to say Thanks

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    How is it more searchable?
    Additionally, clicking the Thumb at the top of a thread allows you to see the posts that are most liked within the thread. I'd have thought this would eb very useful in discovering the 'best' posts in a long discussion.
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    Default Re: Like- a new way to say Thanks

    I like the new system, thank you. I´ve been reading old posts lately and giving thanks/likes to those that I consider useful for me.

    As birdeen´s call says, they´re more searchable now. It seems easier to consult them whenever you want.

    The old system had only twenty pages available. That was insufficient for me.

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    Default Re: Like- a new way to say Thanks

    Quote Originally Posted by Jasmin165 View Post
    I'm probably in the minority, but I don't like the new system. It reminds me too much of Facebook, and the "heart" function seems a bit juvenile.

    Just my opinion.
    Perhaps not a minority; I'm with you. I dislike all this SN impedimenta.

    b

    PS It does make a kind of sense though. People (including me) were using the 'Thanks' button to show agreement rather than thanks. But far be it from me to stand in the way of progress I will let the juggernaut brush me aside, rather than throwing myself under its wheels.

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