To "Like" or not to "Like"?

By GabbyPA Latest Reply 2011-09-25 04:16:19 -0500
Started 2011-09-18 08:19:34 -0500

That is the question…

I move around the site a good bit and have noticed lately that it seems some posts receive a blanket of "likes" on every single reply in the thread. I am not saying that each reply is not good or to be "liked", but I wanted to make you aware that each time you "like" something, it is posted on the home page and if you just run down the whole thread "liking" things, it doesn't really serve the community very well.

I don't want this to get misconstrued as me asking you not to "like" things. Not at all, we want to know what things are important to you and you also a sincere "like" can encourage the person who made the reply. It is a great tool, but when you "like" a post that is a spam or a single letter reply…what about that is it that you genuinely care about? Take some time to read the posts more carefully before you simply "like" them.

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bessie curtis
bessie curtis 2011-09-23 21:59:55 -0500 Report

GABBY I agree with you on your statement usually when I read everyone statements, and sometimes I might have to read statements more then one time to have a full understanding of what i'm reading. Then if I like the statement I usually will comment giving the reason why I like. There have been some statements that really have encourage me. Thanks to everyone.

Teresa Rose
Teresa Rose 2011-09-18 20:21:31 -0500 Report

You are absolutely right Gabby!!! I am so guilty of this sometimes. I always like the new post of those that have just joined and sometimes I don't pay attention right away. Yesterday I began to like the post of a person that had newly joined and really didn't pay attention at first and then after liking two different post in arow by the same person I noticed the next post was also by the same person. I looked back over the past couple of post that I had just liked and noticed that I had like something that made no sense and turned out to be something that wasn't very nice and I had to report. I assure you that I will pay attention from now on to everything I like. I always try to be encouraging to new people that join the site by liking what they post to show my support. I will respect your advice for sure Gabby. Thank you for posting this discussion!!!

GabbyPA 2011-09-20 10:00:55 -0500 Report

I hope you don't feel singled out or anything. You are one of the most encouraging folks here Teresa. You have the heart of a saint. Keep it that way.
I just was noticing a trend and I don't know who "likes" the things...but I did find humor in some of the things that were liked...we just have to slow down, enjoy the site and choose carefully what we want to highlight for the community.

Teresa Rose
Teresa Rose 2011-09-23 17:38:44 -0500 Report

So True Gabby!!! I don't feel singled out at all. I'm sure we have all been guilty of this at some time or another. - Blessings To you !!! - Teresa Rose

diabetesfree 2011-09-18 20:00:36 -0500 Report

I'm guessing that if someone bothers clicking to read a particular message, they are probably more likely to read the messages linked to the initial post and like them as well. I know that I do, if they are pertinent to the post. I wouldn't just go "liking" everything on a single page though.

Auburn Bill
Auburn Bill 2011-09-18 18:07:36 -0500 Report

You are a real sweet heart! I too have noticed the big 0, you can reallly get involved with some of these discussions and the deepth goes on and on! Thanks for the advise. Grandpa Bill

jayabee52 2011-09-18 13:42:29 -0500 Report

I have just "liked" a spam posting, Gabby. I selected that one by mistake when I indended to dislike it. OOPS! I wish there was a way to correct that mistake, especially when it is so blatantly a mistake.

GabbyPA 2011-09-18 17:57:05 -0500 Report

LOL! There you go. I think if you pick the dislike it will change your selection. I am going to experiment on this post.

Nope...that doesn't work. I thought I had done that in the past.

MEGriff1950 2011-09-18 09:39:32 -0500 Report

I like this post Gabby. Well put. I also get discouraged trying to find gifts as some send something to a lot of people on a daily basis. It would be nice if the admins could change it to where we are able to view only our gifts. Not the ones our friends sent to everyone else.

AuntieM234 2011-09-25 04:16:19 -0500 Report

I know what you mean, Mary, I've had difficulty finding some posts I've been notified about via email, but I enjoy viewing who gave and/or said what to whom. That gives me the option of "liking" or adding a comment, which I often do. I do think it would be good if they could add an option on the news feed by where it shows the options: "friends" "everyone" "only tracked items"
maybe add: "postings to my profile". That should work out well and it should accomplish what you want. ;-) Mara

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