Liking Etiquette

Discussion in 'Random Chit-Chat' started by serpantino, Dec 19, 2016.

  1. serpantino

    serpantino Straw Hat Pirate

    Firstly... just to clarify it says liking not licking, that's a whole other (arguably more interesting) topic!

    Now that there's a like feature on this site I was wondering whether we should establish an etiquette for the more paranoid of us so we don't feel like we're offending people or something!

    I keep forgetting about it altogether and I've never personally cared about such E-peen systems but I've seen people get irate about it elsewhere in the past and wouldn't want to offend anyone with my inconsistent liking of posts, especially helpful ones!

    .....and I've probably posted this in the wrong place but I never go down so far as the website stuff unless something's wrong :p
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  2. Rui

    Rui Karamatsu Boy Administrator

    I mostly Like things which are funny or when I don't know what to say in response, but I'm woefully inconsistent about it too. If you're going to reply in words or it's something that doesn't really need acknowledgement, it seems like a lot of effort to click Like just to spare someone from potentially feeling less special.

    For the record I don't care if you want to Like/not Like anything I have said and will not privately think you (or anyone else) is a jerk for declining to click the option on my posts. Liking Rui's posts will not earn anyone any special site privileges :)

    As for licking etiquette, I'd prefer to opt out, thanks!

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  3. NoSurprises

    NoSurprises Great Teacher

    I refuse to follow any kind of liking etiquette! I've even liked your post as a form of protest!

    I normally use it to indicate I've acknowledged something without having to post a one word response like "Thanks" or "Haha" which would otherwise clutter the thread.
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  4. IncendiaryLemon

    IncendiaryLemon Captain Karen AUKN Staff

    Personally, I use it as a way to show support or agreement, or if I find something funny.
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  5. qaiz

    qaiz Stand User

    Smash that like and subscribe button for more content from yours truly.
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  6. st_owly

    st_owly Guild Member

    I use it if I like the post but don't have anything to add to it
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  7. Neil.T

    Neil.T Hunter

    Are there any guidelines on unliking etiquette? :p

    (Not that it's something I've done or ever intend to do. It'd be disappointing to get an alert saying "so-and-so unliked your post in the thread...".)

    How would you actually go about unliking something in real life, I wonder? o_O
  8. Rui

    Rui Karamatsu Boy Administrator

    Do you even get alerts for unlikes? I turned my like alerts off because I am a soulless automaton...

    I've unliked quite a few people in the real world in my time. Though usually I just ghost them. Blocking/ignoring someone on social media is probably the most melodramatic way to do it (after turning up at their doorstep and telling them you'll never see them again, I guess).

  9. Zin5ki

    Zin5ki Railgun

    Most platforms go without an 'unliking' feature. It would not be in their best interests to notify their users of social fallings-out...
  10. Teapot

    Teapot Webmaster Administrator

    There's no alerts for unliking content, and it clears any existing like alerts. So if you rescind a Like, it's like the like never happened. Like.

    As for when I like stuff, I just push the button if I enjoy the content of a post or find it useful. Really, it's a pretty arbitrary system and just used for fake internet points, but it's often quite nice to see that someone liked some of your content :)
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  11. Otaku-san

    Otaku-san Chuunibyou

    guess I'll just have to suffice and continue offending people the old fashioned way. Clearly much more rewarding any way.

    [15 unlikes for this post]
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  12. Zin5ki

    Zin5ki Railgun

    The old-fashioned way still works, so I am told! All one needs is a postage stamp, an envelope, and a pet canine with a functional digestive system.
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  13. Buzz201

    Buzz201 Cardcaptor

    What about a dislike button? I could go from looking like AUKN's pantomime villain to actually being it's pantomime villain...
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  14. Teapot

    Teapot Webmaster Administrator

    While I think you might be joking, allow me to answer seriously anyway :p

    The forum software we use doesn't offer the option, and even if it did I'm not sure I'd enable it – in a forum environment, I believe that a negative sentiment should be expressed in a constructive and reasonable way, and a drive-by "I dislike this" button makes it harder to promote that.

    To me, it's the exact opposite of why the like button is useful. Liking something helps people express their positivity towards something without a spammy "Thanks!" or "I like this" post, but they can still post if they have something more useful to say. On the other hand, a dislike function removes the requirement to actually sit down and articulate precisely why you don't like something. Whereas a negative forum post has the potential to be constructive, a dislike button can never be.

    You might argue that we shouldn't include a like button for the same reason – after all, if someone wants to say something kind, wouldn't it be only fair to make them sit down and write out why too? For me, one of the core tenets for running a community is "bias towards kindness." In other words, make it easier to express positive sentiment than negative. Giving people the option to like content allows them to lazily express approval, but doesn't remove the ability to express that in words. Allowing the option to dislike content, however, allows people to lazily hate on a piece of content, which is not a behaviour I want to encourage. :p
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  15. Jaysgba

    Jaysgba Thousand Master

    I think they're opting not to implement that feature because someone like me would go through every single post on the forum and dislike them just for fun.
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  16. Buzz201

    Buzz201 Cardcaptor

    I feel like that would say more about you than the forum or any of the posts on it...
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  17. serpantino

    serpantino Straw Hat Pirate

    I like and agree with this post!
  18. Neil.T

    Neil.T Hunter

    In that case, how about Izamura from Patema Inverted as your avatar pic? :p

  19. Buzz201

    Buzz201 Cardcaptor

    I haven't seen the film. Anime films are invariably poor value for money these days.
  20. Neil.T

    Neil.T Hunter

    @Buzz201: Then I'll be forced to recommend it to you. :p

    The BD+DVD standard edition is only £14.99 pretty much anywhere you care to look.

    Patema Inverted is one of my favourite films of all time, and Izamura is one of my favourite villains of all time. He's just so... deliciously evil.