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In response to reader requests, we’re adding a way to vote thumbs up or down on blog posts and comments.

Be nice, or not.


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This reader requests that you get rid of “thumbs up/thumbs down”. Try reading the comments at Outside the Beltway for an example.

    William A. Jacobson in reply to bains. | January 14, 2012 at 3:08 pm

    It was not supposed to hide comments which get thumbs down. I’ll look into that.

    What’s Outside the Beltway got to do with thumbs up & thumbs down here? I scanned the comments on several posts at OTB and saw very few ratings registered.

      bains in reply to Kitty. | January 14, 2012 at 4:52 pm

      OTB used to be a decent centrist blog – actually it still is. Jemes Joyner, its originator has allowed its comment section to become a cesspool of lefty bile. It is damn near impossible to have a rational conversation there anymore. The “like or dislike” tool is used not based upon the content of any individual comment but the identity of the commenter. And if enough people dislike you, your comments are summarily hidden.

All 10 thumbs up!!

Are “thumbs down” considered opposable thumbs?

LukeHandCool (who wants to go on the record as saying, just in case someone does the inconceivable and, when distracted, mistakenly clicks on the thumbs down on one of Luke’s comments: “LI community members, each one of you is my best friend … except the guy who mistakenly gave me the thumbs down).

Interesting! I’m anxious to see how some readers are rated…I.e., DinoRightMarie. I always enjoy her missives!

OTOH, what if some posters give themselves a plethora of thumbs up? Realize that I am from Chicago, so that thought kind of goes with the corrupt culture here. : )

I think it is a great idea to so people can see if the commenter is off their rocker or not.

Excellent work! I think the “Like or Dislike” should be smaller or over on the right or something, because I’m seeing it being incorporated into a message. Commentators here are too clever and my synapses are misfiring.


When can we thumbs up or thumbdown your posts prof? (not that I would ever thumbsdown…no please don’t hit the ban button…awww)

    martywd in reply to tsrblke. | January 14, 2012 at 3:46 pm

    When can we thumbs up or thumbdown your posts prof?

    Wow!   That ‘feature’ is now available, too.   First it was to the left, now it’s positioned (at the moment and more appropriately) to the right.   Legal Insurrection is a magical place, isn’t it?

      tsrblke in reply to martywd. | January 14, 2012 at 3:52 pm

      Are you calling me blind?! There is absolutely no…oh look at that, there’s right there. Cool thanks!
      (Sarcasm intended in all random outbursts!)

Henry Hawkins | January 14, 2012 at 3:36 pm

On a political blog, shouldn’t the thumbs point left or right?

Well, if we’re doing thumbs up, then I’m 2 thumbs up for a Tebow win tonight. Go Broncos! I know you’re a New England kind of guy Professor, but America loves an underdog.

Cowboy Curtis | January 14, 2012 at 3:56 pm

Fourth look Perry!

Gosh! This is just like voting in California; you don’t have to show any ID what-so-ever.

Not sure whether I like it or not; another site I used to frequent installed it on some of it’s message boards and it quickly devolved into a mechanism for mischief.

i’ll give you a thumps up = i like the idea 🙂

I’m interested in ideas that aren’t popular at the moment. If there were a way to identify whose insights work out over weeks, months, or years, I’d be all for it.

All this and still no SEC Football feature.

What will it take for sports in the Securities and Exchange Commission to get the recognition they so richly deserve on these pages?

Testing …

Barney Frank, Nancy Pelosi, Jimmy Carter, Barack Obama, Keith Olbermann, Henry Hawkins, The View, Rachel Maddow, Harry Reid … Testing …

I’d rather see Up-Twinkle & Down-Twinkle buttons.