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Well That's Silly, Even by My Standards

By captaincranky
Apr 24, 2016
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  1. Our software apparently has a function which catalogs, "how many likes did the first message receive". As one might expect, the most often number is "0".

    Well, most of us here in the forum aren't so inclined to read an article and then give it a like or a thumbs down. We're more inclined to give each others posts like or dislikes, depending on the humor, agreement with, or the argument value each has to offer.

    IMHO, rating the "likes" an article itself receives is very misleading, to the point where it seems none of the articles are any good.

    Whether or not the news item itself receives a "like", has absolutely no bearing on whether or not the article was well received or entertaining. A better benchmark might be how many likes the member's posts received, as a measure of how engaging the story eventually. became. Just one possibility, there are of course many others staff might pursue.

    Actually, I'm suggesting at the very least to kill the "likes received by the first post " function, even if no intent exists to improve upon it.
     
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  2. Julio Franco

    Julio Franco TechSpot Editor Posts: 7,058   +645

    Where is that?
     
  3. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Topic Starter Posts: 11,693   +1,880

    When you mouse directly over the number of replies to the thread...........um, just right. You have to center the cursor directly over the number in the "Views" column.

    OK, to be clear this happens at the sub forum level, say, "Techspot News and Comments".

    I'm running Windows 7 and Firefox
     
  4. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 8,554   +2,894

    Wow, I have never noticed this. It does seem silly, but then being a hidden feature, I don't see how it's hurting anything.
     
  5. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Topic Starter Posts: 11,693   +1,880

    So, should I rename the thread, "Well that's silly, but I'm being picayune as well"...... :confused:

    To be fair though, I'm not claiming "the sky is falling", or. "the end of the world is nigh", but I still think the articles should get a fair shake.

    OTOH agreed, I did take me 5 years, (give or take), to even find the feature..
     
  6. Per Hansson

    Per Hansson TS Server Guru Posts: 1,929   +186

    Well, in the name of research I had to like one of captaincranky's posts, please don't read into it :D

    captaincranky dislikes likes.png
     
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