Seems strange to me...

By Turtle Latest Reply 2013-02-27 04:21:51 -0600
Started 2013-01-19 01:08:30 -0600

Is there a reason why so many ppl read posts and don't click like or even dislike when by clicking on it helps both the writer and the reader earn points, which can lead to certain badges? Since this site is based on trust and trust is gained thru earned points, clicking the like or dislike button just makes sense to me.

25 replies

Fefe12 2013-02-27 04:21:51 -0600 Report

Sorry , never paid attention to that. So trust doesn't always have something to do with it.

Ms. DAT 2013-01-23 18:22:15 -0600 Report

Hi Turtle! The DC site is like any other social media site that are very popular today. it is true that there are some information that is said that I like and there is no need to add or there are some comments that it brought up that is of interest of where I can help in a small was as well as get support. it is very challenging to break in to a new site when many here on DC have been here for years and want to check out your conversation. I signed on over 2 yrs ago but didn't take an interest to get involved but last year I had a change of mind so broaden my worldwide social contact as an long time diabetic who is getting older and complications are catching up with me. So I know that I am not alone in much of what I have been feeling in emotions, physical symptoms. Yes I have earned a few badges since being apart of DC and I so smile but I don't look to just put something together just for a badge and I have never had to do that so just because I don't know any personally but I do speak honestly which builds a connection of friends and comrades. Matter of fact my network of friends is growing a little bit more now because of what I choose to share. Sometimes people who don't have a lot of time due to other areas in life that they are busy doing that doesn't afford all the time to write a response so they just click like or agree with what someone else has said with the same sentiments. I am taking this time to respond to your post to let you know that I do and have read what others have expressed and agree with most but this moment is for YOU!! Keep posting and someone is listening or reading. So here is my click above and a post. Have a Happy Day. Offline now!!!

MrsCDogg 2013-01-22 11:47:33 -0600 Report

Trust is not gained by gaining or not gaining points. Trust is gained by watching the way people respond to the posts of others. I couldn't possibly care less about points and badges. I came to this site to be in contact with others who are diabetic. To get support when I need it and to support others when they need it.
Perpahps you are here for different reasons.

mhcfc13 2013-01-23 21:00:44 -0600 Report

I see it both ways. I do not do facebook or other media sites because of the profession I am going into and the populations I intend to serve. However, this community has a focal purpose for support. However, the support also allows social interactions and communications. Trust is something that needs to be earned, and it also has to be allowed. I will say the different people view trust and the building of trust in different ways. I like the motivation to keep active with the badges and "notoriety" because it can be a feel good. I was emotionally and physically drained when diagnosed last week. I was defeated. I found this site by searching the web. I joined because I need the support as a newbie. I also like the sociabiilty it offers also. I thing trust and support need to be entangled and enmeshed, because if we do not have trust we can not support, and we cannot support without trust. Being active is a need, being recognized for it has motivation. Thank you both for allowing me to comment.

snuggles11 2013-02-04 15:12:10 -0600 Report

I'm also a newbie !
I found out little over a week ago !
A read everything I get my hands on !
But have to admit this whole thing worries me !

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2013-01-21 19:31:58 -0600 Report

I actually don't care about points or badges. They actually don't serve a purpose. It is like earning Virtual Tokens in online casinos, you can't do a thing with them except keep playing the slots with them. If the points could be put towards earning a meter, test strips etc…then I would be concerned about them.

You posted before about people liking what someone has posted. I don't see why you feel this is so important and keep coming back to it. People may read and not comment and move on to the next topic of discussion. Others may not think about liking a post. Others simply may not like or dislike what someone has posted. Still others may not like what was posted at all. I read a lot of post. I would say 90% of the time I don't remember to like what someone has said.

Trust should never be earned through points. What happens if the points are removed from the site? The important thing is being able to communicate with others. Forget about like or dislike and just respond. If you comment and someone responds at least you know they read your post. After all this isn't the Boy or Girl Scouts where you earn a badge for doing something. Once you earn all the badges, what are you going to do with them? If you told someone not on the site that you earned all the badges and they ask you what does that get you, what are you going to say? Think about it, how many people do you think would actually care?

GabbyPA 2013-01-19 10:28:51 -0600 Report

I have noticed that there is a drop of late in the likes of posts. I never thought about it too much as the discussions are usually quite active and that is the goal. But to your point, it is helpful or at least encouraging to the poster to have others share their appreciation for a post by liking it.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2013-01-21 19:36:35 -0600 Report

If they respond to the post that should show you someone appreciated what you said. Whether they liked it isn't important. In their response they will in some cases say what they agree or disagree with and move on to the next topic. The focus should be on the conversation or topic at hand and not whether someone liked your post. You only have two options to like or flag a comment. You can't force people to like what you have said by asking them to click on like. This problem can easily be solved, get rid of the option and keep the red flag.

GabbyPA 2013-01-22 09:45:46 -0600 Report

I know that there are times when I come across a post that I really like or I want others to take a peek at. When we "like" one, it does show up on the front page of the site and others can see what other members are enjoying about the site. So it does serve a purpose in that way.

Sometimes I don't really have anything to add to the comment, but find it helpful or refreshing and I choose to "like" it instead of commenting.

We used to assign more "value" to the points to earn stars to show activity. But we found that many people just did things to get more stars. It is a fine balance between showing support and activity on the site and "earning" points. But it's how we try to give back to all the members here. I'll be honest, I smile when I earn a badge or when I see that several people have "liked" a post. To me, it means I have contributed to make the site what it is.

Last year we had a few contests that depended on certain activities here and there can be a plus to doing that. I hope this year we will do more.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2013-01-22 11:59:08 -0600 Report

What about the featured segment when you open up the discussion page. Some of those discussions are over 3 years old. Why aren't newer discussions featured?

I am more interested in learning new things than I am about points and badges. For me they serve no purpose. Give us emote icons. That would make the site fun. You can't do a thing with the badges but collect them.

GabbyPA 2013-01-24 10:22:41 -0600 Report

The featured articles are based on some automated prompts that are assigned to them. If you find one that is old or really doesn't apply, feel free to red flag it and explain that. I often flag them and I also encourage other ones to be put up sooner because they have a time limit on them or are current event sensitive. Anyone can do that by flagging a discussion that they think is important enough to be featured. You can make those suggestions.

However, sometimes revisiting an old discussion can be helpful. Just because it is old to those of us who have been here a while doesn't mean that it isn't important to a new member.

Badges and points are not important to me either, but to some people they are. We offer them to create an atmosphere of activity and fun. Just like any other part of the site that does or doesn't interest us, we can choose to visit it or not. No requirements, no loss, no big deal.

IronOre 2013-01-19 21:22:54 -0600 Report

Lately the discussions have really died down . . . face it - it's just the same thing over and over, nothing new . just like diabetes.

jayabee52 2013-01-20 00:34:21 -0600 Report

sorry Iron that we are boring to you. If you are so bored . . . .

IronOre 2013-01-20 09:11:20 -0600 Report

the topic of "diabetes" is a boring topic . . . nothing new.
yes, ok, if I am bored then I can leave . . . just like so many others have done. I really think that DC doesn't want that because their advertisers pay according to their "viewers".
Actually I am going to start working some heavy overtime to get a project out so I am not sure how much I will get on here for the next several months.

Nick1962 2013-01-22 11:08:32 -0600 Report

I think it may seem boring and routine to you because well, at least I’ve noticed, DC is kind of a revolving door, which isn’t a bad thing. People come here looking for answers, help, and education, and those people (in many cases) become the ones to help the new members with what they’ve learned. Yes, it’s the same thing over and over because people are getting newly diagnosed daily and coming here.

This is going to sound pretty arrogant, but as a well-controlled T2, one would think there is very little anyone is going to tell me about being a T2. I don’t need anyone telling me how many carbs I need, or how many miles I need to walk daily. I also don’t need to hear about all the evil things that can happen to me in the future. In addition, I’m not by nature a social person, so I don’t come here looking to fill some need for human contact, interaction or attention. For someone like me this place should be boring as well.

I keep coming here because quite frankly, I don’t know what I don’t know. There are things I learned here about diabetes my doctor had to look up. I have had my mindset “adjusted” regarding my diet as well, which has made living diabetic a little easier to bear. I’ve also gotten a lot of “heads ups” on medical issues I am currently and will eventually face. As much as I may have thought “I’m on top of this”, it’s been humbling to find out I’m not, but then we all take away something different from DC here.

As for the social aspect (which is part of the site), it’s still not my thing, but I have made several acquaintances I consider friends (and even had dinner with one) and will no doubt communicate with them long after someone has taken my place in the rotation here. Boredom, I suspect is partly our choice.

mhcfc13 2013-01-23 21:10:53 -0600 Report

Thank you for what you said. This post is interesting from my standpoint for several reasons. If you want to know them, email me and I will explain. I like the way you put the revolving door aspect, being new to the site, new to T2, and needing information and not knowing where to start, this works. I am sure as I begin to evolve in the education of diabetes I will be helping others. This will also help me in the professional world to answer questions people may have. I have to thank the previous endeavors and individuals that provide them, I need them to control and maintain my diabetes (I still have pause identifying myself as that). Jayabee52 has been here for a while it seems looking at his profile and interactions. There are others that have been here for a while that seem to stay to help us new ones. The social aspect is nice, because it is selective and topic centered-DIABETES.

Nick1962 2013-01-24 11:24:24 -0600 Report

Well, hopefully before long you’ll be able to call yourself a controlled diabetic or “previously diabetic”. For some it can be done.
I kind of look at this site like college. Hopefully those who are no longer here regularly have “graduated” and have the education and control they came for. I know one or two who have. Some college students like the social aspects and parties, others just do their work and move on. Yes, the curriculum here is the same year after year, but the students are the ones who change.

jayabee52 2013-01-19 10:14:07 -0600 Report

I come at it from this angle, Turtle, I like Manapua, do not pay much attention to points. If I wanted to go for points I would behave quite differently. When I give a "like" it is because in my estimation what the person said had merit or gave value to me and the group. Plus there are times i just plain forget about the likes, because I am so focused on the content.

manapua72 2013-01-19 09:10:52 -0600 Report

I use a smart phone so I get everything out of this site … I get emails saying people have given me gifts and that I've earned rewards etc ,,,,,, don't know what it's all about … Yet I'm not here to earn points etc … I do like making new friends though , esp with others that understand diabetes …

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2013-01-21 19:38:16 -0600 Report

Very good point manapua, like you I don't care about points or badges. They won't mean anything to anyone not on this site. I can't think of any of my friends who would care about them.

jayabee52 2013-01-21 23:06:41 -0600 Report

when it comes down to it I really don't pay much mind to points or badges either. I do what I do here because I learn so much here and sometimes have something to share. Sometimes I say something that certain people may not like, but I try to put it tactfully yet I still say it. And yes, i have had my posts deleted a time or two as well.