Likes instead of Thanks

Discussion in 'Help and Feedback' started by Amin Sabet, Jan 11, 2015.

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  1. Amin Sabet

    Amin Sabet Administrator

    Jul 3, 2010
    Some of you may have noticed that I replaced "Thanks" with "Likes"

    A few thoughts about the change:

    1) We can always go back to Thanks if folks don't like the change after giving it a try for a couple weeks.

    2) Most of the time, the Thanks button used to show that someone likes a post and/or the images in that post.

    3) The "like" button can also be used to say "thanks", eg when someone has complimented you in their post. Not exactly the same to like and to thank, but close enough and used this way in many communities.


    I'm always open to suggestions / feedback, but please give it some time before concluding that you dislike the change.


    Also, you can enable or disable being notified of new Likes via these settings: https://www.photographerslounge.org/profile.php?do=editoptions
     
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  2. pdh

    pdh SC Legend

    Jan 2, 2011
    As it's functionally identical I really don't see the problem, apart from old farts like me who loathe and despise anything including terminology connected with this so-called social media phenomenon.

    when the antisocial media phenomenon takes flight, mind you, I'll be right in the vanguard ...
     
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  3. BillN

    BillN SC Hall of Famer

    Aug 25, 2010
    S W France
    Bill
    just my opinion

    I have always prefer Thanks for posting

    to

    I Like what you have posted

    as I said just my opinion
     
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  4. drd1135

    drd1135 SC Hall of Famer

    Jul 13, 2011
    Southwest Virginia
    Steve
    How about "nonspecific positive response"?
     
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  5. Biro

    Biro SC All-Pro

    Aug 7, 2011
    Jersey Shore
    Steve
    To me, the "Thanks" always expressed an appreciation for a given post, in cases when one agrees or even disagrees with the content. I also enjoyed that the response made Amin's boards just a bit different - perhaps a bit friendlier and more personal - than other boards. In fact, I'll admit that "Thanks" actually caught my attention and interest the very first time I stumbled across Serious Compacts and Mu-43. But "Likes" is fine if that's what most members prefer.
     
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  6. grillec

    grillec SC Veteran

    399
    Jan 16, 2014
    I've checked a few sites I'm member of: one uses "like", one uses "like", "thanks" and "agree", one uses "top", "flop" and "thanks", one uses none, because they prefer a real comment, and another uses the complete range ("like","agree","don't agree", "funny", "winner", "informative, "helpful",...).
    I prefer "thanks" over "like" because of the Facebook-touch and I could thank someone for uploading a nice photography and for a comment.
    But I could live with both versions.
     
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  7. Luke

    Luke Super Moderator

    Nov 11, 2011
    Milwaukee, WI USA
    Luke
    in the past, I have "thanked" a well reasoned post that contradicted my point of view..... I felt it was a way of acknowledging that I read it, as well. I certainly won't "like" a post that is "wrong" in my eyes.

    But I think in the grand scheme of things, whatever you name you give it, means very little. We'll all likely just use it slightly differently based on our own personal view of it.
     
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  8. pdh

    pdh SC Legend

    Jan 2, 2011
    I'd thank that Luke but as I don't like the fact that you made a nice point I missed making, I can't find it in my heart to click "like"
     
  9. Luke

    Luke Super Moderator

    Nov 11, 2011
    Milwaukee, WI USA
    Luke
    maybe like the Grinch, your heart is just two sizes too small :friends:
     
  10. pdh

    pdh SC Legend

    Jan 2, 2011
    what heart?
     
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  11. Amin Sabet

    Amin Sabet Administrator

    Jul 3, 2010
    I think it's very hard to judge a choice when you're used to one of the options (thanks) in a given context (this site).

    In a few weeks, let's see how it's going.
     
  12. Amin Sabet

    Amin Sabet Administrator

    Jul 3, 2010
    When I post a photo, I get a better feeling from someone saying "I like your post" (implies that they like my photo) than I do from someone saying "Thanks for posting" (implies that they like that I am participating).
     
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  13. Boid

    Boid SC All-Pro

    Dec 15, 2011
    Bangalore, India
    Rajiv
    I love social media, Facebook, forums, etc I think it has to do with what we make of it.

    I think it's nice having a commonality to our responses, a shared language if you will. I much prefer the simple "like". I don't need to think twice before clicking it.
     
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  14. kyteflyer

    kyteflyer ~@¿@~

    Jan 31, 2011
    Newcastle, Australia
    Sue
    I prefer "like". I'm not that fond of social media, myself, but maintaining contact now with distant friends is difficult without it. Email used to be de rigeur... now its facebook. The other thing about like is its ubiquitousness. People coming to the site who have been, or are, facebookians, will instantly know what to do with it, and likely feel more comfortable with it.
     
  15. theoldsmithy

    theoldsmithy SC Top Veteran

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    Jan 7, 2013
    Herefordshire, England
    Martin Connolly
    I would prefer not to have
    "like" because it apes Facebook, and I really don't like Facebook. it also implies that there could be a "dislike" option. Saying "thanks" sounds much more polite and personal.
     
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  16. kyteflyer

    kyteflyer ~@¿@~

    Jan 31, 2011
    Newcastle, Australia
    Sue
    Isnt that strange, how we all view things. Thanks is less personal from my point of view. I think the other thing we have to bear in mind is that we are all from different cultures, and our interpretation of words is going to be different, whether we speak the same language or not. 6 months in the USA in the mid 90s taught me that my Aussie sense of humour was mostly lost on those I was associating with, and in some cases, actually offended, where no offence was intended.

    "Like" is sort of the same across languages in this context (because of the facebook association).
     
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  17. Ray Sachs

    Ray Sachs SC Legend

    Sep 21, 2010
    Not too far from Philly
    you should be able to figure it out...
    I am utterly agnostic. I'm happy to have an option to express appreciation for a photo or post that I might not have anything additional to say about - if I did I'd just respond rather than thanking or liking. Whether I'm thanking them FOR their post or just liking the post matters not to me. I'll use it exactly the same way and will react to 'likes' on my posts the same as 'thanks'.

    You provide it - I'll use it, whatever it is...

    -Ray
     
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  18. ReD

    ReD SC Hall of Famer

    Mar 27, 2013
    I'm with Martin - I don't do Facebook and would prefer not to ape it
    Thanks is classier
     
  19. wt21

    wt21 SC Hall of Famer

    Aug 15, 2010
    I'm a bit with Ray -- pretty much agnostic and probably wouldn't have thought about it, but after reading the responses, I think I've liked "thanks" in that it's a little more other-oriented. I am saying "thank you" and the focus is on your action, rather than "like" which is all about me and what I like.

    FWIW.
     
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  20. RT Panther

    RT Panther SC All-Pro

    Dec 25, 2012
    I "Liked" this post....:biggrin:

     
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