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Suggest FT add “Like” button [implemented 9 Aug 2017]

Old Aug 8, 2017, 9:37 am
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The new "Like" "button"

When you click on the "Like" button, it registers the handle of the user liking the post in a horizontal box immediately below the "Like" button. "Liking" a post also optionally sends a notification to the post owner. "Like" notifications appear in Your Control Panel in My FlyerTalk.

To turn the notification function on or off, look in Your Control Panel and Settings & Options under Messaging & Notification:

Likes Notifications:
  • Enable Likes Notifications
  • Disable Likes Notifications

NOTE: Editing a post causes the "Likes" to disappear for a short period of time. They are restored after that pause.

To report issues, problems etc. please visit this thread in the Technical Support and Feedback forum: https://www.flyertalk.com/forum/technical-support-feedback/1863159-new-like-button-information-issues-discussion.html

LIST OF SUGGESTIONS, PROS and CONS discussed in thread:

Please add all your suggestions since implementation, August 9 2017:
  1. Modify Like button to take up less real estate - ie, put the button w/ the other buttons & likes under signatures or list only if hover
  2. Allow members to completely turn off the ability to see likes
  3. Use Helpful instead of Like
  4. Completely eliminate Like button
  5. Do not display handles of those who Liked the post

"Some FTers are supportive of like/helpful button. Some are not. Some on both sides of the issue have questions, concerns and/or need more info. This wiki attempts to highlight them in bullet format/"cliff notes" version from the 566 posts made in prior Talkboard thread, which had 700 posts. More detailed information regarding the pros/cons/questions/concerns/info can be garnered by reading the entire thread, where FTers on both sides of the like/helpful button have been eloquent/provided valuable input. When TalkBoard last polled FT members, the result of the poll was in favour of introducing likes (by a considerable margin)

Pros:
* Make Flyertalk more modern/more like Facebook, LinkedIn and many other social media sites
* A like/helpful button would minimize unnecessary replies such as +1.
* Streamlines posts
* The value add of showing likes, helpful votes, etc. is that it can surface good content and get more views for it
* Positive feedback incentivizes quality content/FTers will post more
* Some people won’t take time to write a thank you but will post a like
* Those with more likes/helpfuls are considered knowledgable

Cons:
* Makes Flyertalk more like Facebook/dumbs it down
* FT had rating system here years ago and it did not go well
* System can be gamed/cliques develop
* Clutters up posts/takes up valuable screen space
* Will not eliminate +1s/+1s also provide positive feedback
* Posts that have inaccurate info can also get likes/doesn't mean poster is knowledgable
* If FTers post info & it doesn't get likes/helpfuls, less incentive to post more
* Some who might have posted info in the past will now just post like, so less information provided to other FTers.

Questions, concerns about how it will work, and/or information based on brief internal trial already done (trial done last time it came up for discussion)
* If implemented, can FTers who prefer not to utilize the like/helpful button turn it off so that they don't see it at all?
* Is there a software way to separate likes of posts from posters? (Limited trial indicates no; don't know if software can be changed to do so)
* Can a post/day count be implemented before implementing for FTers, similar Omni/CC? (Yes)
* Can certain forums have it turned off such as Omni? (No, current software is it's either all forums or none)
* If a sitewide trial is created, what are the metrics for success or failure?
* What is the goal of this/how will the data be used?
* If customization of current software is required, will this take away from development on other projects such as a better mobile app?
* Will or can there be a dislike/unhelpful button?
* What happens if a post that is "liked" gets its content edited and ends up having a different meaning than it initially had at the time the post was "liked"?
* Can threads or individual posts deemed helpful be bookmarked/saved?"

IBobi responded to theses comments and questions here: http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/28664495-post59.html


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Suggest FT add “Like” button [implemented 9 Aug 2017]

Old Apr 10, 2018, 7:39 pm
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Originally Posted by nkedel
I don't think they have, but the potential for "likes" being contentious there, and especially on PR, is pretty obvious
Huh? Facebook has likes. Does that make it not contentious?
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Old Apr 11, 2018, 5:27 am
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Originally Posted by s0ssos
Huh? Facebook has likes. Does that make it not contentious?
OMNI P/R is already contentious with some topics. Adding likes would only serve to add to it.
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Old Apr 11, 2018, 10:40 am
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Originally Posted by s0ssos
Huh? Facebook has likes. Does that make it not contentious?
Usually, your audience on Facebook is your friends, and usually, friends respect each other enough to keep discussion civil.

This is one area I'll agree with [MENTION=36935]kipper[/MENTION] on. That said, while I support keeping post likes turned off in OMNI/PR, I think there's no reason it shouldn't be on in regular OMNI or OMNI/Games. There's a thread about Costco that I follow and am always looking for the Like button in before realizing it's in OMNI.
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Old Apr 14, 2018, 9:32 pm
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Thanks to IB implementing like (which I think is stoo-pid & sorry jackal yes I am up on things on different bulletin boards so not a dinosaur), I implemented something IB doesn't like (pun intended ) & haven't had to look at likes since like (and the last crap software 'enhancement') got implemented. So much happier now, even if IB isn't. Too bad, so sad (for IB).

FWIW - I'm sorry, but if you're going to implement like, then implement it across the board. If it can't be implemented across every forum, then it shouldn't be implemented at all IMO.

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Old Apr 14, 2018, 9:40 pm
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Well I find that "like" works 50% of the time - mostly when I click on it it doesn't work
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Old Apr 14, 2018, 11:07 pm
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Originally Posted by SkiAdcock
Thanks to IB implementing like (which I think is stoo-pid & sorry jackal yes I am up on things on different bulletin boards so not a dinosaur), I implemented something IB doesn't like (pun intended ) & haven't had to look at likes since like (and the last crap software 'enhancement') got implemented. So much happier now, even if IB isn't. Too bad, so sad (for IB).

FWIW - I'm sorry, but if you're going to implement like, then implement it across the board. If it can't be implemented across every forum, then it shouldn't be implemented at all IMO.
I disagree that it needs to be across the board (although I think "like" on P/R might actually be worth it for the lolz), but they still haven't taken the feedback that pretty much EVERYONE agreed on which is the current location of the like link looks horrible, and would really be better off below the signature or in-line with the action buttons. If they're not even going to fix that, they're probably not going to fix anything bigger for a good long while if at all.
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Old Oct 6, 2020, 3:29 pm
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It is interesting to compare the like (upvote) button prognostications with what has actually transpired.

The term "like" is too common to be used as a search term, which is why I added the parenthetical in the preceeding sentence. (!)

This is the thread for technical issues with the "like" function:

New "Like" Button information, Issues and Discussion
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Old Oct 6, 2020, 9:30 pm
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Originally Posted by SPN Lifer
It is interesting to compare the like (upvote) button prognostications with what has actually transpired.

The term "like" is too common to be used as a search term, which is why I added the parenthetical in the preceeding sentence. (!)

This is the thread for technical issues with the "like" function:

New "Like" Button information, Issues and Discussion
One can force a search on a term that is common (or contains three or fewer characters) by enclosing the search term in quotation marks. Also note search is case neutral - all search terms are searched in lower case. See Using the Search Feature on FlyerTalk: The Definitive Thread


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Old Oct 6, 2020, 9:39 pm
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As the “Like” button has been implemented for some time and this thread is over two years old without a compelling reason to bump up and still accurate, we will close it.

To report “Like” glitches or discuss functionality issues, please visit the current thread in the Technical Support and Feedback forum.

New "Like" Button information, Issues and Discussion

Thank you, JDiver & cblaisd, Co-Moderators
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