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Where’s the like button?

Where’s the like button?

Who are you to judge?

That’s the question asked by commenter Janitor as to blog posts.

I was wondering when people would notice.

We removed the Thumbs Up / Thumbs Down buttons from the posts because you should not be able to judge me.

But you can judge each other, so we left Thumbs Up / Thumbs down in the comment section.


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Virtual thumbs up to your decision!


you can’t stop our judgment!

That thumbs up / down BS is so, so, 1st century. So if you get more thumbs down than thumbs up, are you fed to the lions?

I vote “Present” on this article.

MouseTheLuckyDog | October 3, 2014 at 10:25 pm

Yeah but where is the edit button?

I have to complain that the “reply” button is too close to the “thumbs down” button, and that I accidentally down clicked people on my iPhone.

Doug Wright Old Grouchy | October 3, 2014 at 11:28 pm

Actually, we judge you worthy by our presence here and by our repeated visits to LI!



Forcing articulation.

So who asked for a dislike button?

Sometimes the audience would just like to applaud instead of speak.

Sometimes what the audience has to say doesn’t add value.

Why clapping was invented.

The ticker noting numbers of comments implies a judgment: here’s a post (or subject matter) that has generated a lot of interest.

The like button is an alternate way to say “this post is particularly interesting, important, inciteful, and/or informative notwithstanding that might not have generated a whole lot of comments because perhaps it might just have said it all.”

This post isn’t one of them. 😀

I have seen one blog site where they have a “thank you” button. I thought it was a nice, civil touch.. I mean actually typing out thank you takes 9 keystrokes.

I always used the like button when I agreed with Professor Jacobson’s (or the writer’s) thinking, but didn’t feel like I had anything to add in comments.

But, I guess if the Prof is secure in his beliefs, he doesn’t need my acknowledgement that he knows what he’s talking about! 🙂

Professor, I know it wasn’t your intention but this comes off as arrogant. Perhaps a bit more in-depth explanation of your reasoning would be in order.

I noticed the missing buttons.

I figured there was some reason why they’re gone, but since those buttons are not the reason why I visit this site, I said to myself: whatever

TrooperJohnSmith | October 4, 2014 at 11:07 am

I always wondered why they were there. It’s YOUR blog. You built it. Besides, you’re over 40, and thus don’t need continual, constant validation and acquiescence to support your sense of self-worth. Good on ya, P’fessor!

For some of the comments a third option is needed. One that, while it does involve a digit, does not involve the thumb.

As long as we’re on the subject of improving the site, how about changing notification to default on with an opt out box?

Henry Hawkins | October 5, 2014 at 12:47 am

I barely noticed the article like button and I’m pretty sure I never clicked one. Not because I didn’t like anything, but by the time I finish an article, I’m no where near the article like button anymore.

A reader’s ongoing presence is tantamount to a ‘like’. I certainly don’t come here for the free doughnuts. Oh, that’s right. WE’VE NEVER GOTTEN FREE DOUGHNUTS HERE.