Thumbs Down Count

Old-n-Grey-n-Wiser
By Old-n-Grey-n-Wiser Latest Reply 2012-01-19 10:51:51 -0600
Started 2012-01-17 06:11:01 -0600

Why are the dislikes not counted the same as the likes on each post, if there are several thumbs down maybe posters would realize they might be in the wrong and back off.
Example:
Likes 5 Dislikes 9 Follow this Post Red Flag This Post

Old-n-Grey-n-Wiser
Tom


18 replies

Jeanette Terry
Jeanette TerryPA 2012-01-18 15:13:05 -0600 Report

Just to make everyone aware, the dislike or thumbs down feature is not working right now. There is currently no way to dislike an item. We are however working on some upgrades for that so that it is less confusing.

Caroltoo
Caroltoo 2012-01-17 22:45:44 -0600 Report

It would be interesting to see a count of the likes and dislikes. There are lots of folks who don't mark "like" cause they are so busy writing a response. Maybe there should be a way to require checking one box or the other before writing a response. That way we would keep our counts a more accurate reflection of our initial comments…not the chatter that goes on down the post as we follow our fun litle rabbit trails.

I had checked "like" when I saw it was yours just cause I like having you back. Then as I read the series of comments I got more curious about the mechanics of it. I marked "dislike" to see what it would do and it removed my like from the count. Of course it didn't show anywhere as a dislike. Then, having finished my experiment, I again checked "like" and saw the count go back up.

It does limit to one count per person, so having dislikes wouldn't slant the picture. Interesting thought.

So, welcome back to the newly asbestos suited, Tom!!! You were missed.

red flower lady
red flower lady 2012-01-17 19:35:56 -0600 Report

Makes sense to me. I was thinking the same thing, it post who and what we like, so it should do the same when a dislike is used. This would allow discussion on why it wasn't liked. At the very least, a number should show the dislikes, it even tells how many people have viewed the post.

Young1s
Young1s 2012-01-17 20:12:31 -0600 Report

Sorry to respectfully disagree Red, but I think that the dislikes should remain anonymous. Tensions get high enough at times without the ability of direct finger pointing. I could see feelings getting hurt and friendships being strained, to say the least.

Old-n-Grey-n-Wiser
Old-n-Grey-n-Wiser 2012-01-18 10:51:45 -0600 Report

Pat, my thought was , if I made a statement that gets more dislikes than likes I personally would step back and rethink my thoughts about the subject, I think dislikes if used right are another tool we have to use to better our guidance in helping our many friends when they need support. I feel that if this feature of our fine discussion group were used as it was meant to work it would help filter out some of the bad advice sometimes (but rarely) given.
Tom

red flower lady
red flower lady 2012-01-17 20:29:22 -0600 Report

Thats ok, it's just that everything else shows but the dislikes don't. They could still put up a counter. Hey, maybe a badge for the most disliked, hmmmm…

Young1s
Young1s 2012-01-18 14:07:04 -0600 Report

Yes…if you're going to show the likes on the profile or discussion pages, then why not the dislikes too. I just wouldn't see the point in putting the names beside it. I feel that way about the likes as well and would be happy with just seeing a number reflected beside both.

Like I said below, on several occasions I know I clicked the dislike button and it showed up as a like anyways. The downside to that is now I never click on the dilike because I don't want to unintentionally condone a particular comment that I may disagree with. It's frustrating and someone should definitely look into remedying the situation.

red flower lady
red flower lady 2012-01-18 14:26:14 -0600 Report

That is my point as well. I don't want it there to ever cause a verbal fight, but to open up discussions. I have only used the dislike once, and then sent that person an inbox explaination. Old and Greys "Good bye"

Young1s
Young1s 2012-01-17 10:05:31 -0600 Report

Good question, Tom. Not quite following your example above but I do know that I have tried, on several occasions, to dislike something and it was marked as a like anyways. I just chock it up to Alliance wanting to keep the community as friendly and inviting as possible.

Jim Edwards
Jim Edwards 2012-01-17 11:12:37 -0600 Report

I agree that it is to keep the community friendly, but I would like to see it either reflected in the "count", or eliminated as an option. So, you either count the likes and dislikes as they are posted, or you eliminate the thumbs down altogether. I have found that most of the ones I dislike are ones that I end up red flagging.

red flower lady
red flower lady 2012-01-17 19:41:32 -0600 Report

When a red flag is used, does that automatically remove someones post, or is that decided on by the site administrators after checking out the red flag? I was just wondering as it would be wrong to remove a post simply for not liking it unless it is in violation:)

Jim Edwards
Jim Edwards 2012-01-18 10:58:27 -0600 Report

Red flags for violation of terms are removed very quickly, like trying to sell medical supplies to a captive audiance, vulgarity etc. I have never seen an item removed just because people didn't like it. I think we, as a group, do a good job of policing what gets posted. when you post a red flag, they want to know why and I find they seem to review those fairly quickly.

Young1s
Young1s 2012-01-17 20:04:19 -0600 Report

It depends. Some are removed for violation. But others are removed, and this is only an assumption, depending upon the number of red flags and/or the reason as described in the red flag.

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