So, a dislike button in the future? Maybe?

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  1. Darth Tunes SfC Part III Commissioner

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    Now, set aside that it's me advocating for this, and give it some thought. Well, more thought, because there's no way that this hasn't been thought about by others. :p Among the new features we've been enjoying with XenForo is the 'like' button. Serves a rather simple purpose, but a useful one. Sometimes it's easier to simply like a post without needlessly repeating the sentiment and/or facts present in the original post, or on the flip side, it can add to the experience of whatever discussion is taking place. So, why not have an option showcasing a less than enthusiastic view? It doesn't necessarily even have to be the word 'dislike', but 'meh' or something similar to that.


    Is this a pressing issue? No. Admittedly, we can continue to go on without it. However, why not add a little something different to the posting experience?
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  2. Ramza JC Head Admin and RPF Manager

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    Because there isn't a dislike function, the closest addon that broaches that kind of functionality is one of those tedious karma meter dealies.
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  3. Ender Sai Chosen One

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    Plus it will end up being used for cyber bullying, as 110% of us will dislike every imbeezel post.
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  4. TrakNar Force Ghost

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    On a forum I moderate, we have karma disabled for that very reason; it's rife for abuse. Bad enough that someone discovered a way to abuse our like buttons there.
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  5. Ender Sai Chosen One

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    So, I guess I "dislike" your post Tunick...
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  6. Jetedonne Pur-Pureus Force Ghost

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    So, the consensus appears to be a 'no'? Thank goodness for that. My posts are usually met with silence, birds chirping in the distance, a pin drop and the like. As such, I like to leave it up to my imagination that such a lack of response is due to people being in pure awe of what I write. That many are taken aback by the points I raise. I need only assume how much of that perceived tranquility is in actuality censorship of rage, ire... perhaps even general contempt.

    Having said that, a dislike button may appear to be a fun new addition on the surface, but for me it could turn out to be somewhat too... revealing. I can see it now... Jetedonne Pur-Pureus the first person not to be technically banned by mods, but instead ostracized by an overwhelming margin of angry Star Wars fans. No thank you.
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  7. anakinfansince1983 Chosen One

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    This exactly.

    I've actually heard complaints that the "like" function is used for cyber bullying, with someone saying something nasty to or about someone else and several other people coming in and "liking" the nasty comment.

    I personally enjoy the "like" function as I can show that I agree with someone's post without making another post that says "I agree," but a "dislike" function wouldn't serve that purpose. Better to post that you disagree and say why.
  8. JoinTheSchwarz Comms Admin & Community Manager

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    I'm also going with "no", for the multiple reasons outlined above.
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  9. Findswoman Force Ghost

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    Ditto here. Simply too much potential for nastiness and general bad feelings.
  10. Anakin Solo Revanchist Force Ghost

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    Facebook still hasn't adopted it no matter how much it's been called for, I don't it coming here. :p
  11. GGrievous Chosen One

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    This isn't reddit.
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    Literally THIS
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  13. Bazinga'd Dark Lord of the SWC/PT/ Spinoff Forums

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    I think a "dislike" button is contradictory to any forum that welcomes a diversity of ideas . It will disuade New Users from posting for fear of being ostercized.
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  14. LAJ_FETT Tech Admin and Collecting/Games Mod

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    I'd also be against it - it would show an unfriendly side to the site, especially for new users that might not be familiar with forums.
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  15. Bounty Hunter Heshler Jedi Youngling

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    We could have a dislike button
    It's fully possible
    Too bad some of us are not mature enough to have it.
  16. Cushing's Admirer Chosen One

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    I think this would be very unwise. There are some very sensitive folks here it could do much more damage than I think some would consider.
  17. Malcolm Reynolds Force Ghost

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    the dislike button wouldnt bother me. that being said, i am in the vast minority with that opinion.
  18. Bazinga'd Dark Lord of the SWC/PT/ Spinoff Forums

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    Or some people are mature enough to understand the broader consequences of having a "dislike" button.
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  19. Darth Tunes SfC Part III Commissioner

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    Oh. Well, I've never come across one of those karma meter dealies in any of the forums I've posted and/or lurked in. I'll have to look that up to see how that exactly looks, etc.




    That's fine; an acceptable action to take.





    Well, and this too goes to the points made by @Bazinga'd & @LAJ_FETT that are below your post, forms of negativity already exist (whether it be because of schitck, or via debates, either legit or otherwise), so I don't think a 'dislike'esque option would add that much more to the overall negative equation, at least over the long haul. At the beginning? Sure, but eventually people get used to it, etc. I think having a climate in which a diversity of opinion is wanted, needed, etc, can still continue to survive. I realize some would be put off by it, and this is still is a family-centricish site & forums (maybe), but having too much of a kid-glove environment isn't exactly the greatest thing.


    At least, that's the way I feel about it. This is going to end up not happening anyway (that's abundantly clear), which is okay.
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  20. Cushing's Admirer Chosen One

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    In my experience this place doesn't have kid gloves.
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  21. Malcolm Reynolds Force Ghost

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    for you and I. Others need to be protected a bit.
  22. Darth Tunes SfC Part III Commissioner

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    That was in reference to 1) the sentiment against the 'dislike' option and 2) policy against certain word usage, etc, things of that nature. The nature of certain forums is a whole different story.:p
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  23. Cushing's Admirer Chosen One

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    Wanting a degree of decency isn't 'kid gloves'.
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  24. Darth Tunes SfC Part III Commissioner

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    I think (even with the edge some forums have) that the degree of decency we have & expect can continue, even if some current banned words were to be granted TOS-friendly status. Doesn't matter, though, because that won't be happening either.
  25. Malcolm Reynolds Force Ghost

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    the chances of that happening darth are the chances of the dodgers winning the series this year :p
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