Likes instead of Thanks

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

  1. Amin Sabet

    Amin Sabet Administrator

    Apr 10, 2009
    Boston, MA (USA)
    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:
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  2. Replytoken

    Replytoken Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    May 7, 2012
    Puget Sound
    I suspect that folks will use them the same way. But thanks for letting us know about the change.

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  3. MarkoPolo

    MarkoPolo Mu-43 Regular

    Jan 25, 2014
    Greeley, CO
    Mark Brown
    Seems that "Likes" will more appropriate, but it's not a big deal.
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  4. davidzvi

    davidzvi Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Aug 12, 2012
    Outside Boston MA
    Personally I prefer thanks. But that's probably because I'm often asking questions in threads I start so I like to "Thank' people who take the time to answer. But it really makes very little difference.

    Oh and Facebook annoys me. :wink:
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  5. ManofKent

    ManofKent Hopefully still learning

    Dec 26, 2014
    Faversham, Kent, UK
    Yes I prefer 'Thanks' too. Not that it's something I'll lose sleep over :smile:
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  6. Biro

    Biro Mu-43 All-Pro

    May 8, 2011
    Jersey Shore
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  7. Amin Sabet

    Amin Sabet Administrator

    Apr 10, 2009
    Boston, MA (USA)
    I'm guessing that if we did a poll today, the great majority here would have a preference for thanks but not care a lot either way. In a few weeks, I think the majority will prefer likes but not care a lot either way. Time will tell :) .
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  8. DaveEP

    DaveEP Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Sep 20, 2014
    Ditto. I may also thank someone for a post that contributed to a discussion, even if I didn't like what they said. Now I won't ;) 

    I don't suppose it really matters.
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  9. agentlossing

    agentlossing Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Jun 26, 2013
    Andrew Lossing
    I definitely used the button more as a "like" anyway, so no argument here!

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  10. Technically is there any other difference other than the word on the label? I personally don't care about the exact word used, a general thumbs up is good enough for me.
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  11. Replytoken

    Replytoken Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    May 7, 2012
    Puget Sound
    That was kind of what I was thinking. A thumbs up icon somewhat serves both functions (i.e. approval/appreciation).

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  12. Jonathan F/2

    Jonathan F/2 Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Aug 10, 2011
    Los Angeles, USA
    I prefer "thanks" also. "Likes" is too Facebook for my taste! :biggrin:
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  13. gcogger

    gcogger Mu-43 Veteran

    May 25, 2010
    Why not have both and see which gets the most use? :biggrin:
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  14. WT21

    WT21 Mu-43 Legend Subscribing Member

    Feb 19, 2010
    I mentioned this on the PL site, too.

    Whichever you do, I'll go with, but to me "thanks" is a focus on the other person. "Hey, thanks, that was cool of you."

    "Like" is a focus on me.

    Cool thing about Amin's sites is they are more communal feel. "Thanks" fits better than "like" but again, not that vested in either.
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  15. Turbofrog

    Turbofrog Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Mar 21, 2014
    I also like "Thanks." It feels more personal and relational.

    ...But I don't care much either way, haha.
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  16. AussiePhil

    AussiePhil Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jun 1, 2014
    Canberra, ACT, Aust
    Whilst I've liked the posts about the change what I'm really saying is thanks for communicating.....

    Like is a bit too Facebook for me too and as said by another Thanks is directed to the poster whereas Like is more about the responder.

    Both serve a good purpose and having both buttons would facilitate flexibility in thanking or liking a post as both can be relevant.

    Either way I'm sure we will eventually like the change :) 
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  17. svenkarma

    svenkarma Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Feb 5, 2013
    mark evans
    'Like'? No thanks!
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  18. agentlossing

    agentlossing Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Jun 26, 2013
    Andrew Lossing
    Why not get all clever and call it "kudos?"

  19. chipshot713

    chipshot713 Mu-43 All-Pro Subscribing Member

    May 24, 2012
    Pearland, Texas
    Why not have three buttons: Like, Thanks and Dislike :rolleyes: 
  20. Amin Sabet

    Amin Sabet Administrator

    Apr 10, 2009
    Boston, MA (USA)
    I'm pretty sure a Dislike button would get us in trouble fast :rolleyes: .

    I did think about having two buttons for like and thanks, but most of us use them in an overlapping sense.

    Definitely there are times when one would be better than the other. When someone tells me "good job" for doing something for the site, I want to say "thanks" (for the encouragement) more than "I like your post". Meanwhile, when I get a notification that someone hit the button on one of my photo posts, I'd rather think that they liked the photo rather than that they thanked me for participating in the thread.

    It's funny that both here and on the other sites there has been a lot of mentions for Facebook in relation to this change. I'm not a Facebook user and didn't think of Facebook at all when making this change.
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