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Mike Macgirvin

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Mike Macgirvin
  
Looks like Diaspora is voting down a dislike button - everybody is too concerned that it will get abused by trolls or lead to too much negativity (the purported reason Facebook doesn't allow it).

That hasn't been our experience at all. Our dislike button has been used so responsibly that it's completely un-dramatic.  

Just a thought - maybe folks should stop friending trolls... Alternatively, perhaps we should question communication networks which  dictate what you can and can't do. My telephone company doesn't tell me that I can't dislike countries that like to start wars.

I've seen several networks recently which offer a range of emotional feedback to content - happy, sad, disgusted, scared, amused, etc. all with a single click. This is the direction I'd like to go, and make it extensible.

Oh yeah, we've already got it. Have had it for a year or two. Just needs a bit of an update to work smoothly with the matrix.

Never mind.
Seth Martin
 
I get your point. A troll would never use the dislike button. I have always seen trolls as people who think they are intelligent, humorous vanguards of satirical prose.
Seth Martin
 
I don't object to having a dislike button, but a dislike always deserves an explanation of why, whereas the like is always self explanatory.
Mike Macgirvin
  
That's what I meant by "needs work". Currently it *will* send out an event "Mike Macgirvin is currently enthralled" and put it in this thread if you desire. What we need to improve on is to link it specifically to the post - 'Mike Macgirvin is enthralled by qsys's comment' or 'Mike Macgirvin whole-heartedly endorses qsys's comment'. This is a relatively trivial change (we're just adding a target), but it would make a huge difference. The actions themselves are open-ended. When things are more fully integrated it lets us differentiate the comment from the topic. If you made a post about war, we could have 'Mike Macgirvin dislikes qsys's comment'. **But** we could also have 'Mike Macgirvin dislikes war', which is very specific about what is being disliked. It isn't the person or their comment, it's the subject of the comment. Technically we have this ability right now, we just need a UI to easily create these kinds of complex activities.