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  • babowa Level 7 Level 7 (26,135 points)

    Topher Kessler wrote:

     

    I was being light-hearted about the specifics, but would be open to some form of ranking if implemented right. I wouldnt want it impeding on the discussion or other "experiences" here unless I explicitely choose to do so. Overall though, I do agree that avoiding trolls is perhaps a far more appealing option than implementing such a feature, if push comes to shove.

     

    Surely you jest. "Rankings"???? Please. As I said, we are not in grade school here; I know my strengths and weaknesses and do not partake in popularity contests - that is such a superficial and non-sensical waste of time.

  • Topher Kessler Level 6 Level 6 (9,565 points)

    I'm not joking. While it might not specifically help either me or you, I do think it could help others, and having it as a side feature would be nice. Granted I think if its done it should be done in a way to prevent gawking trolls from affecting anything, but so far the Apple forums have been well moderated to keep trolling down.

     

    When I search for reviews of products I personally enjoy previewing the rankings that people put on products. I can imagine a similar thing here, but agree that it would be best implemented as a side feature that can be ignored if you choose not to use it.

  • babowa Level 7 Level 7 (26,135 points)

    When I search for reviews of products I personally enjoy previewing the rankings that people put on products. I can imagine a similar thing here, but agree that it would be best implemented as a side feature that can be ignored if you choose not to use it.

     

    The only research I rely on is a technical review/testing. Other people's opinions are not meaningful - I prefer to form my own opinion.

     

    But your point is neither here nor there - these are - or were - tech forums intended for technical questions ("my iMac won't boot") and answers, not a shopper's resource.

  • MattiMattMatt Level 4 Level 4 (2,420 points)

    babowa wrote:

     

    And I believe I've purchased 4 songs from the iTunes store

     

    Which ones?

  • Topher Kessler Level 6 Level 6 (9,565 points)

    Things can still be technical without being devoid of other features and options, but you'll have to find what best agrees with you. By my example I did not intend to imply this is a shopper's resource, but rather to suggest utility in ranking systems.

  • babowa Level 7 Level 7 (26,135 points)

      Ticks

     

    And for T.Kessler:

     

    By my example I did not intend to imply this is a shopper's resource, but rather to suggest utility in ranking systems.

     

    I realize that and still respectfully disagree.

     

    Now, I will need to stop engaging in these discussions; I am remiss in taking care of quite a few things including actually checking the fora I normally do to see if I can help (which has taken a back seat to these) plus a slew of other things.

  • Randy Knowles Level 1 Level 1 (45 points)

    One possible useful purpose for the "Like" feature would be to allow chiming in that a suggestion is a good one and seriously needed without actually posting a reply message. That's how I am using it anyway.

  • ~Bee Level 7 Level 7 (31,095 points)

    Nice, Randy.

    Good idea!

  • Peggy Level 8 Level 8 (38,525 points)

    That's how I've been using it, too, Bee. Like the old WebX positive voting without the negative voting.

     

  • ~Bee Level 7 Level 7 (31,095 points)

    You know, Peggy (and Topher) --

     

    It turns out I do like the "like."

    Nothing to do with FB, as I do not participate in that stuff.

     

    However, one thing I did miss about our now former AD, was the inability to add my positive points

    to a post if I was not the OP.  So with this new "Like" button, we can still let posters know that their comments were appreciated, even if no points could be awarded.

     

    Pretty cool, really.

    Now, if I can just remember to look for them on my posts, LOL.

  • babowa Level 7 Level 7 (26,135 points)

    Peggy wrote:

     

    That's how I've been using it, too, Bee. Like the old WebX positive voting without the negative voting.

     

     

    Well, I've decided I won't be doing it (unless it's a joke or something else OT) - marking one as "liking" it, implies you do not like the others, which, in turn, can be seen as negative voting. Which is about the same as marking one as being "correct" - that implies the others were incorrec

     

    Edit: Addendum - any "rating" system, especially a "like" feature, can easily turn into a popularity contest, which I do not partake in.

  • Topher Kessler Level 6 Level 6 (9,565 points)

    I think that's stretching things a bit far, especially when there are options to "like" all items. You can definitely like something and not care for others without disliking them. Correctness on the other hand, especially if there is only one option for it (as is the case here), does suggest far more that others are inherently incorrect.

     

    BTW, just for the sake of it I'll "like" your comment.

  • baltwo Level 9 Level 9 (61,900 points)

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  • MattiMattMatt Level 4 Level 4 (2,420 points)

    babowa wrote:

     

    Well, I've decided I won't be doing it (unless it's a joke or something else OT) - marking one as "liking" it, implies you do not like the others, which, in turn, can be seen as negative voting. Which is about the same as marking one as being "correct" - that implies the others were incorrec

     

     

    Of course, the whole "like" issue in general couldn't be more trivial, but I'm not sure I agree that liking one thing implies not liking everything else, as if people are motivated to "like" everything they like. Rather, I think if someone takes a particular shine to a comment, they take the unusual measure of "liking" it. Indeed, a quick jaunt around the forums confirms most comments remain un-"liked" although I am sure they are not un-liked.

     

    Take, for example, my comment above. Following your declarations of not using these "communities" to socialize, and that you are not familiar with Apple's ratings system since you don't use the App store and have only bought 4 songs from iTunes, I responded by asking which songs.

     

    And there it sits, my OT question, an island of inappropriateness, a joke no one laughed at, a distraction in an otherwise productive thread about the semiotics of positive reinforcement, with 0 "likes."

     

    Perhaps in this case, 0 "likes" actually means universally un-liked.

  • babowa Level 7 Level 7 (26,135 points)

    Hate to tell you, but your thumbs down post has been "liked", a.k.a. you've been friended and now have 5,287 friends!

     

    And, adding up all the little numbers appearing next to the "like" buttons, this topic will soon show up in the  "top" or "most liked" topics even though it won't have anything to do with the RAM or hard drive problem the poster is trying find an answer to.....