I get that you could use them to see how people support things but that’s what polls are for. It feels like I see likes being used to put people down far more often than not.
Person1: This is my feeling of this
Person2: I’m going to put you down for feeling this
Person2 then gets likes and Person1 basically just got bullied.
Wondering what your thoughts on this are. I’m not calling anybody out either, I just see it happening literally every day I’ve been here and it sucks that one tiny feature makes for such a useful bullying tool. I’ll see people say something as innocent as just a personal preference about something and then watch people swarm to hit the Likes on a reply that puts said person down for feeling how they do.
Makes cool creation Doesn’t get any likes because there’s no poll
Looking at likes is tackling the symptoms rather than the cause. The issue is why people are ganging up on others in the first place. Also probably people are who may mistakenly think people are ganging up on them just because someone posted a better idea and others like that idea instead of theirs.
It just means that people agree with someone more than somebody with a different, possibly more preferable opinion. I shouldn’t think that anyone (usually) dishes out Likes with the intent to tease the OP.
It’s like elections: your opponent could get more votes than you but that doesn’t neccessarily imply that their supporters hated your beliefs.
If I make a statement, then somebody disagrees and gets 10 likes on their post, I know the majority disagrees with me. This is useful information to me.
This does not mean I’m getting bullied. Bullying would be if the second post was a personal attack rather than an opinion, and people were liking that. If you see this happening, use the report button!
Various things such as trolling, flaming, personal attacks, discriminatory comments and more are already against the forum rules. Liking a comment that disagrees with someone is hardly any of those. If you’re too sensitive and can’t handle other peoples opinions then you’re best off not being on a forum, because that’s exactly what they’re for.
o/t: I think likes should stay - they’re a really good indicator of what the lurkers feel and a really effective way of communicating that an opinion is shared rather than everyone basically posting the same thing repeatedly to express their agreement.