Having been into online forums since around Y2K and been a mod or an admin at a few (which is a job I don’t think I’m suited for by the way) I can tell you a few stories about “LIKE” buttons, and forums where you build a “reputation” based on how many ‘Likes’ you get…
- both ideas are helpful when used as a general guide to helpfulness of info or plain old help a member provides
- IF people let it get to their heads it can be horribly abused, and I have seen such a thing mess up several websites that were otherwise wonderful
One of the stand outs I recall is People Purposely Posting For Points (P3FP)
~like it makes us cool some way
or as if it was good for something, but likes are unfortunately not at all like greenstamps or boxtops:
You can trade them in for NOTHING!
On the other hand, it’s a definite “feel good thing” when you get one from somewhere, there is no doubt
But after nineteen years at many places online my personal cut on it is this:
- The most heartwarming “likes” I ever got were for posts I totally forgot I had made
- Like a butterfly, if you chase them they avoid you
- An old Biker saying (sanitized) is that you can SPIT in one hand, and wish in the other- Guess which hand fills up first?
- If you think of likes as digital KARMA it is a much better idea of how it eventually all works out…
So cheers, and don’t worry about them. If you can do that, I’m sure you’ll have more than enough both incoming and outgoing
~ciao from FF