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    Likes

    We have changed the system of Likes to a more advanced one that allows Thanks and Dislikes as well.

    You may have received emails notifying you when someone thanks you. We have changed the setting and no more emails will be sent.

    We hope you like the new system.

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    It doesn't seem to matter how many times I check all my notifications are set to OFF, my inbox is still filling up with Like notifications. I had 6 by breakfast and I've just had another 13. Any more suggestions?
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    That's very strange. My email inbox stopped filling yesterday afternoon, as did Richard's, I think. I have just checked, and it's empty. Have you tried flicking the steam valve on yours?

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    I will ask Adam to look into it, but email boxes stopped filling yesterday.

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    Re: Likes

    The new 'likes' system has been set since yesterday so that it doesn't send emails. Notifications should appear in the normal menu location, however. Perhaps they were emails that got delayed in the queue somehow?
    I'm not a teacher, so please consider any advice I give in that context.

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    Are you talking about your UE inbox, ems? Posts liked always did come in there. We now also have the posts we liked and were thanked for.

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    Re: Likes

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    We have changed the system of Likes to a more advanced one that allows Thanks and Dislikes as well.
    Is there any guidance available on how the 'Dislikes' are meant to be used and interpreted?

    PS: I note that some posters are already routinely both Liking and Thanking for posts; but it's not possible to both 'Thank' a poster and 'Dislike' their post. What if we want to thank the messenger but express a dislike for the message?
    Last edited by Raymott; 06-Feb-2014 at 09:02.

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    Is that a likely scenario? I don't generally thank people for saying something I didn't like. "Thanks" here surely isn't a form of "Thanks for your opinion" but it's "Thanks for helping". If the post isn't useful or helpful, I can't see it getting any thanks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    Is that a likely scenario? I don't generally thank people for saying something I didn't like. "Thanks" here surely isn't a form of "Thanks for your opinion" but it's "Thanks for helping". If the post isn't useful or helpful, I can't see it getting any thanks.
    Yes, maybe it wouldn't occur here often. The concept, however, is quite natural to me. If I sent a message saying "Your tests are back. You have cancer", or "Your car is ready; the repairs cost $2,500", this is something that could be both thanked and disliked. One possible scenario here would be a message saying "We've tried everything to restore 'Likes' applying to posts rather than to thread titles in the notifications, but unfortunately the march of progress means that that isn't possible."
    Last edited by Raymott; 07-Feb-2014 at 01:27.

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    Re: Likes

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    I would hit "Disagree" but go on to make another post.

    I must admit that I can't see any purpose in the "Dislike" option.
    I understand your point, emsr2d2, but in fact it's not a "Disagree" but a "Dislike" button. If I disagree with an opinion, it seems to me that the best option is to post a reply. If I post a reply with a differing opinion I don't see the need to say that I "Dislike" the original post.

    As the vast majority of people, including learners, respond here in a genuine attempt to help, I imagine it could be quite discouraging to have native speakers "Dislike" your post, when all that's required is a clear explanation of the error and a referral to the guidelines. I think that such situations have been handled well in the past without the need to pointedly "Dislike" somebody's efforts.

    If somebody genuinely dislikes a post because they find it offensive or culturally insensitive etc, then there is the "report post" option. I have never reported a post but on the rare occasions that a post has seemed problematic to me, again, I have found that the moderators have handled these situations promptly and well.
    Last edited by JMurray; 08-Feb-2014 at 04:39. Reason: minor correction

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