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"Like" Button?

View Poll Results: Q: What is your view on FlyerTalk implementing a "Helpful" button feature?
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"Like" Button?

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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 in this thread. 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.

Pros:
* Makes Flyertalk more modern; more like Facebook, LinkedIn, and other progressive internet bulletin boards
* A like/helpful button would minimize unnecessary replies such as +1.
* Streamlines posts
* 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 it easier for airlines/companies to find mistake fares/glitches/underground tricks
* 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.
* Older posts will tend to have more likes/helpfuls on average than newer posts in the same thread, which can be misleading when the information is out-of-date. [added by MSPeconomist]

Questions, concerns about how it will work, and/or information based on brief internal trial already done
* If implemented, can FTers who prefer not to utilize the like/helpful button turn it off so that they don't see it?
* 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?
* Can users "opt out" and select to remove all trace of the system, as is currently possible with the ignore list and removing view of signatures?
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Old Jan 28, 15, 11:27 pm
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Originally Posted by steveman518 View Post
n+1
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Old Jan 29, 15, 2:25 am
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Originally Posted by CPRich View Post
The fact that we choose not to use it elsewhere isn't meaningful? We need to like it and use it and not want it here to be meaningful? Sounds like your just setting criteria to exclude those who don't agree with you.

I participate elsewhere with the feature. I don't fnd it useful there, so I don't use it. So I don't believe it would be useful here. Sorry if you don't put much weight to that opinion.

I guess some members are more equal than others.
Absolutely agree.

Thanks also, for the well-placed George Orwell-inspired finish line
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Old Feb 3, 15, 3:57 pm
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Originally Posted by onobond View Post
Absolutely agree.

Thanks also, for the well-placed George Orwell-inspired finish line
+1.
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Old Feb 18, 15, 11:55 pm
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I have barely found any context where the "like" button is really good. There might be some, yes, but my vote here on FT is simply no.
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Old Nov 17, 15, 7:39 pm
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"Like Post"

I frequent other forums and some of them have a neat feature which FT doesn't use - an option to "like" posts.

Each post shows how many likes it has if someone clicked "like". It's a way of saying "thank you" for a useful post or a way of saying "good joke/nice witty comment".

Has FT ever thought of incorporating a similar feature to its forums?
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Old Nov 17, 15, 10:42 pm
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More about this is here: http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/talkb...ght=%27like%27
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Old Nov 17, 15, 11:07 pm
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Originally Posted by oliver2002 View Post
Wow thanks, very strong thread. The "cons" of the like button are quite relevant and something I didn't think of.

Thanks

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Old Nov 18, 15, 4:51 pm
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Still strongly in favor myself-- now more than ever.
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Old Nov 18, 15, 4:54 pm
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Still mildly in favor, and also still don't get where the non-imaginary cons are. But mostly just amused to see the a long and contentious thread exhumed.

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Misread that as the "new 2016 AAdv outrages"
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Old Nov 18, 15, 4:58 pm
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Originally Posted by nkedel View Post
Misread that as the "new 2016 AAdv outrages"
Highly understandable! Some would say "atrocities"
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Old Nov 18, 15, 5:38 pm
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I have no issue revisiting this. Might be fun to see if we can come up with a motion and a vote.
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Old Nov 18, 15, 5:53 pm
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Originally Posted by CMK10 View Post
Might be fun to see if we can come up with a motion and a vote.
Using identical wording, you mean? Yeah, that might be fun.

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Old Nov 18, 15, 6:17 pm
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Internet Brands has some other upgrades to FT in the pipeline. This one is not near the top of the list, and I fully agree with that. I think the discussion revealed which version we would like to be able to try out eventually.
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Old Nov 18, 15, 7:11 pm
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Given the like button issue comes up so infrequently still doesn't seem like there's a huge clamoring for it. My take is most FTers are fine w/ FT as it is & don't actually give two patooties re: like/dislike. They're probably more concerned w/ content.

Cheers. Sharon
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Old Nov 18, 15, 10:11 pm
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Originally Posted by SkiAdcock View Post
Given the like button issue comes up so infrequently still doesn't seem like there's a huge clamoring for it. My take is most FTers are fine w/ FT as it is & don't actually give two patooties re: like/dislike. They're probably more concerned w/ content.

Cheers. Sharon
That is the way I see it too. This place has been rich with content without the game of "likes" going on here. So this change being a low-priority (or no priority) for FT/IB is just fine by me. As true today as ever before.
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