matt3o wrote: ↑
21 Mar 2021, 09:16
I'm on a technical forum (3d printing) that has this system since years and absolutely nothing bad happened because of it. When I first registered and posted something informative I got a "like" (I didn't even notice there was a "like" button), I thought it was a kind gesture to a new user. People mostly ignore the system but I think it's more of a way of saying "go ahead, you are doing good" and can be actually motivating.
Does it *add* anything of value though? The answer in my opinion is a resounding no. If a person does not give the time and energy to respond to a message to say a proper thank you in order to express gratitude to a post/message, that someone else had actually invested time and energy to write, then he or she isn't really saying thank you. Isn't really expressing gratitude, in fact it devalues that message and the real amount of positive impact that it had. They will just use the thank you button, for their own convenience, by effectively putting zero effort for something they feel obligated to do and which, in their minds, be enough and then feel ethically right and get closure. This will become evident to everyone with time and it will slowly deprive it of value, until it ends up being a valueless gesture, costing nothing, meaning nothing and adding nothing.
On the contrary, IMO it actually subtracts value in the long run. How? By people abusing it, for promoting post and messages of their interest. Good luck moderating those abusive "thank yous". It is a nightmare.
But whatever, don't listen to me. (and wth, let me wave my experience around and look like a dork, I dont care that much afterall) My almost 30 years of BBSes, usenet, proto-forum sites and modern forums, including having created the biggest, by far, technological forum in my country for so many years, could very well mean nothing. For all I care, anyone that feels that they just reinvented the wheel, they can go ahead and add whatever bell and whistles they want. If it worked for facebook, reddit or twitter why wouldn't it work for a forum, right?
Also about the blog, what a great idea, if this was 1998! Lets see how that turns out. And a blog really? For what? To issue statements? Gatherings? New keyboards? What? Who, will speak in this blog in behalf of this community and for what? What does "Member sourced" even mean? Who will curate those sources, who will say what goes in and what does not? This is a recipe for disaster...
Making advances and going the forum forward into the future by... adding a blog? And now we are discussing for a... thank you button? What is this... 2003? These ideas and many others, have already be beaten to death, over and over, and over and over again. But don't mind me, go on.
PS. Content is king. Was king. And will always be king.