New Likes System Installed

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  1. Phases

    Phases Community Manager Administrator

    **mod note**
    Since the move to the XF forum software, this thread is no longer relevant.

    Installed the newest vbSEO which includes the likes system. It is pretty nice. We can change the heart icon if we want, and put buttons in place of the "like/dislike" wording in each post.

    We may even be able to remove the thanks system later. Or, run them side by side indefinitely, i'm not opposed.


    You should see "Like" in the bottom right corner of posts now. You can use this to "Like" a post.

    Once a thread has started to accumulate likes, it will then start to show a "<3 LIkes" icon at the top of the thread when viewed. You can click this to see how many likes it has, and how many per post.

    You can sort by the "Top" likes.

    So, basically you can click this on long threads to see which posts have made the most impact, and click to jump right to it.

    Easier than skimming the whole thread for large amounts of thanks to find good content.

    Attached is what you see when clicking the "<3 Likes" at the top of a thread, as it expands down. (This picture is taken from a different forum so I could show one in use)

    I used the "Staff Update!" thread to show an example:

    We'll run this a while and see what we think. :)

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    Last edited by a moderator: Feb 27, 2015
  2. VoidedSaint

    VoidedSaint Resident Ninja VIP Member

    Great work phases, keep it up bud!

    even though now we have likes and thanks to go on :p
  3. Phases

    Phases Community Manager Administrator

    Though, the notifications per like might drive people insane.
  4. Rush

    Rush {<>}~{<>}

    Awe! Awesome. ~&#65312;^_^&#65312;~

    I remember back then when I opened a "thread" on said topic. I'm happy to see that it has been implemented. Sometimes I rather give a "like" than a "thanks" in some thread|post.

    I love the option of having both, if you don't mind. :)

    The heart icon looks fine to me. Maybe others would think differently, though.

    We will be notified every time someone like our post? o_O hmm!

  5. VoidedSaint

    VoidedSaint Resident Ninja VIP Member

    let's see how bonkers we can make you then! :)
  6. Xyro

    Xyro 4 8 15 16 23 42 Moderator

    Judging by first impressions, it sounds like this new system covers everything Thanks do and more. If we gave it a proper button and showed total likes received under your avatar on posts, then the Thanks system becomes pretty much redundant.

    Which raises the question of what to do with the Thanks system. Obviously we can't remove it, as nobody wants to lose all of that data. Could we port that data into the likes system? I'm guessing not. Could we remove the thanks button, but leave the rest of the system in tact? That still leaves the problem of having two redundant systems, but it would look neater, at least.
  7. Hadron

    Hadron Well-Known Member Contributor

    Ok, so I won't be using it as a way of bookmarking stuff I want to keep an eye on for Guide purposes then - don't want to increase the prominence of posts I have doubts about ;) .
  8. Unforgiven

    Unforgiven -.. --- - / -.. .- ... .... Moderator

    Already driving me nuts as folks are clicking the like, then un-liking, but you still get the notification. Also, the liked tab only show in your profile page if you click the notification.
    breadnatty08 likes this.
  9. Xyro

    Xyro 4 8 15 16 23 42 Moderator

    Yeah, personally I would vote to disable notifications entirely. Is that possible?
  10. Stigy

    Stigy Some say... VIP Member

    Thanks for the update Phases - I see it covers most of what Thanks do already.

    Keep up the great work!
  11. Rush

    Rush {<>}~{<>}

    Sorry, Xyro ... But your making some good points. A-hem. &#8730;
  12. alostpacket

    alostpacket Over Macho Grande? VIP Member

    I think I prefer the thanks button but I'm a bit biased :D
  13. Unforgiven

    Unforgiven -.. --- - / -.. .- ... .... Moderator

    I like thanks for lets call it street cred, but I like how the like thing highlights the useful posts in a thread.
    NightAngel79 likes this.
  14. EarlyMon

    EarlyMon The PearlyMon Moderator

    I recall that was the original basis for the request for this.

    There are many reasons to thank someone, but if someone posts a solution to some problem (that had thanks for steps along the way), the Like button will single that out.
    Unforgiven likes this.
  15. ninadchaudhari

    ninadchaudhari What's up !

    Awesome :)

    We can have credibility for a thread based on the same !!

    Just that the like button needs be placed some where else :rolleyes:
    May be a litter bit lower ?
    (just guessing! )
  16. Xyro

    Xyro 4 8 15 16 23 42 Moderator

    Is the intention to replace the thanks system, or specifically for marking things as useful? Because if it's the later, maybe 'like' is a bit too vague of a term; at the moment they seem fairly interchangeable.
  17. Unforgiven

    Unforgiven -.. --- - / -.. .- ... .... Moderator

    In longer threads it will highlight the useful posts, but I see your point. Maybe something like "Helpful Post."

    I see this a "thanking" the post. I may be the dumbest person on a thread so my 2k+ thanks are meaningless, but a really good post in a root thread by a new user with 20+ likes will stand out. Especially with the link at the top that ranks the liked posts.
  18. AntimonyER

    AntimonyER AF Addict VIP Member

    Just like thanks are an easily visible way to judge a user's contribution as a whole, likes are an easy way to judge a post's or thread's contribution.
  19. B2L

    B2L Well-Known Member

    I had to stop by and see what this whole "likes" thing was about. It seems really interesting, I just really don't want notifications for likes.
  20. DaSchmarotzer

    DaSchmarotzer Blame it on me VIP Member

    Not to be a downer, but I really don't like it. :(

    It's redundant (we already have thanks), the style doesn't fit at all and it's a lot of clutter.
  21. Rush

    Rush {<>}~{<>}

    How about a poll to see how many members like or dislike this feature.. In all fairness, if you don't like dont...I appreciate your honesty. :)
  22. agentc13

    agentc13 Daleks Über Alles VIP Member

    I am with DaS on this one. It seems mostly redundant to me. At least having both systems is.

    I also don't like that it doesn't work with Tapatalk. A lot of folks use that as the primary way to browse the forums, so for this to work (IMO) it would need TT to support it.

    That said, if you removed thanks and added likes and the few forum apps that people use around here supported it, then I would be 100% behind it. (especially if you could transfer thanks to likes. But I am guessing that would be tough.) Especially if it fit with the theme of the rest of the forums.

    I will support whatever is done in the end, just throwing in my two cents. ;)
    Kelmar likes this.
  23. CafeKampuchia

    CafeKampuchia Well-Known Member

    We wouldn't have to use a poll if there were a corresponding "Don't like" button. EM, is there an option for that?

    Seriously, seems like an overlap in functionality to me. I think most people use the thanks button already when they like something.
  24. Kelmar

    Kelmar Done by choice VIP Member

    +1 on all counts

    Oh... and to be clear I only thanked the post. It seems too much to click both. :p
  25. Granite1

    Granite1 Zercron Encrusted Tweezer Moderator

    I was going to blanket like the thread to see how many staffers I could annoy, then I saw the DAS post....

    The urge to click the like was strong but I resisted. I had to restrain my hand like Dr. Strangelove...
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