Is there an agreed meaning of the "like" button?

Discussion in 'Questions & Comments' started by Martin, Sep 14, 2011.

  1. Martin

    Martin Original Member

    Hi all,

    just wondering if I'm mis-using the "like" button. I remember reading somewhere around here, that the "like" button actually should mean "I agree".

    Is my reading of that correct? Hitting the "like" button seems like a much more efficient way than responding with a null-statement like "I agree" (or even geekier terms, like "Full ACK" or something like that).

    Is my understanding of that function in line with the majority (or at least, the founding members or coaches) here?

    Just wondering if I'm unknowignly taking part in some form of "buddyism"
    barbell likes this.
  2. barbell

    barbell Coach Coach

    The general consensus, at least among the founding members, is that "Like" is akin to "Agree".

    We made very deliberate decisions early on to get away from a "postocracy" where posters with higher post counts are seen as more "credible". As far as I'm concerned, and I believe the others mostly agree with me, we're all on equal footing here and will always strive to be. That's how the best debates endure, and is the reasoning behind our country's founding principles.

    The "likes" someone receives should be seen more as agreements than a popularity contest. So, Martin, if you agree with someone's position, but don't have much more to add, the "like" button is an excellent way to go, though we'd all benefit from additional opinions if you'd like to add them!
  3. Martin

    Martin Original Member

    Hi barbell,

    thanks for the feedback. If I have anything to add, I will surely write something - but thanks for confirming that the "like" function is the way to signal that one agrees with a comment, but doesn't have anything meaningful to add. This cuts down on the silly "me too" comments that don't add anything to the topic at hand.

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