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Encourage 'like' button use by creating a trend page for 'liked' posts/threads

Discussion in 'XenForo Suggestions' started by DomainArchitect.com, Aug 25, 2010.

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  1. DomainArchitect.com

    DomainArchitect.com Active Member

    Please like this post if you approve.

    While reading through another thread where members began to post 'me too' '+1' and I saw Kier's post, which stated "Or there's the Like button, whose purpose is partly to avoid +1 and 'me too' posts..."

    That got me thinking. It would be cool to see a trending page for posts and threads that have been liked. It would not only have the added benefit of encouraging the purpose of the 'like' button (and cut down on useless posts), but will also give members insight into what other members like and possibly introduce them to new threads or topics they might not otherwise discover! Almost like a barometer of what conversation/topics the membership likes.

    I understand some people may feel this will add 'bloat' to the base installation so if you feel that way, please share your comments, but if you still like the idea then please don't hesitate to like it!

    EDIT (this was added a few days after I gave the concept further thought:

    A page like the one I am about to describe could represent the pulse of the forum for new and returning visitors. It could help grow forums quicker than might otherwise be possible using other forum software because this page will encourage positive contributions to the site. Perhaps some will consider the following page worthy of an add-on rather than a tweak, or small upgrade. Still, it may enhance the forum software in ways that few of us can imagine at the present moment.

    The page will display certain stats:

    5 Top Liked Threads (for specific terms, like the last 24 hours, the last 7 days, the last month, the last year, overall).

    * - This will help new and returning visitors learn about the threads that members like most.

    Top 5 Most Valueable Members (for specific terms, like the last 24 hours, the last 7 days, the last month, the last year, overall).

    * - This will help new and returning visitors learn about the members who are truly most valuable to the community.

    A member's value to the community can be measured by the ratio of average 'likes'/thread started or avg 'likes'/post, or both. (It might be interesting to display on a member's profile since these measurements of a member's value to the community, which allows other people to evaluate other members).

    To address the issue of 'like' abuse by certain members who will conspire to 'like' threads created by the other person, you could limit the number of likes one can give out based on membership history, one's value to the community, or simply by the number of likes one can give out per day. I am sure others can think of other ways to do this as well, but that can be worked out.
     
  2. Shadab

    Shadab Well-Known Member

    We already have a "News Feed" in the form of:
    http://xenforo.com/community/members/news-feed

    It would be great to add the "liked" posts in there...
    (where clicking on the thread title takes you to the liked post)

    News_Feed.png

    In addition to "Everyone's News Feed", this would make "Recent Activity" tab in member profiles more useful as well, as a side-effect. :)
     
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  3. DomainArchitect.com

    DomainArchitect.com Active Member

    That would be a nice addition.
     
  4. Anthony Parsons

    Anthony Parsons Well-Known Member

  5. Shadab

    Shadab Well-Known Member

    That's a feed of my own posts which other members like.
    And since it's a private page, others can't access it.

    What I'm suggesting is to integrate the "liked" posts in the global news feed.
     
  6. Anthony Parsons

    Anthony Parsons Well-Known Member

    Ah... nice. Sorry, I got a bit confused with all the feeds we see on our pages as to what is private and public.
     
  7. Disjunto

    Disjunto Well-Known Member

    "Most liked posts in last X" or something similar would be nice to get activity into threads
     
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  8. DomainArchitect.com

    DomainArchitect.com Active Member

    Don't forget to like the original post in this thread if you like this idea!

    A page like the one I am about to describe could represent the pulse of the forum for new and returning visitors. It could help grow forums quicker than might otherwise be possible using other forum software because this page will encourage positive contributions to the site. Perhaps some will consider the following page worthy of an add-on rather than a tweak, or small upgrade. Still, it may enhance the forum software in ways that few of us can imagine at the present moment.

    The page will display certain stats:

    5 Top Liked Threads (for specific terms, like the last 24 hours, the last 7 days, the last month, the last year, overall).

    * - This will help new and returning visitors learn about the threads that members like most.

    Top 5 Most Valueable Members (for specific terms, like the last 24 hours, the last 7 days, the last month, the last year, overall).

    * - This will help new and returning visitors learn about the members who are truly most valuable to the community.

    A member's value to the community can be measured by the ratio of average 'likes'/thread started or avg 'likes'/post, or both. (It might be interesting to display on a member's profile since these measurements of a member's value to the community, which allows other people to evaluate other members).

    To address the issue of 'like' abuse by certain members who will conspire to 'like' threads created by the other person, you could limit the number of likes one can give out based on membership history, one's value to the community, or simply by the number of likes one can give out per day. I am sure others can think of other ways to do this as well, but that can be worked out.

    I will also add this to my original post. If you like the idea, please make sure to 'like' the first post in this thread as well because that is what the XenForo developers evaluate when determining what things they want to incorporate with the commercial version of the software.
     
  9. ---MAD---

    ---MAD--- Well-Known Member

    This is very easy to do via a plugin I am sure :).
     
  10. Shadab

    Shadab Well-Known Member

    I'd love to include this functionality via a mod once xF is released. :)
    (if this doesn't make it to the core)
     
  11. Floris

    Floris Guest

    Checks his suggestion list for 1.1

    * Trending content page

    CHECK.

    I have an idea what I consider a trending content page, and I think it's a bit early for it.
    If it doesn't make it into a feature, it might become a module I will write.

    I support this global feature for this software, oh man, a social trending content page on this software .. my members would love it. The possibilities!
     
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  12. DomainArchitect.com

    DomainArchitect.com Active Member

    Wow, thanks Floris! :D
     
  13. Dean

    Dean Well-Known Member

    Me too.

    It would be nice if the software was kept *really* simple to use for the casual users that don't intend on seeking every feature. I am not sure what that means in regards to this idea, depends entirely on the implementation.
     
  14. Grover

    Grover Well-Known Member

    Not quite exactly the same, but I am also looking for more Top Stats in the Memberlist, see here:

    http://xenforo.com/community/threads/suggestion-a-z-for-memberlist.148/#post-26292

    I am all for gathering useful social data and present it to the end user in a compact overview. XenForo should make as much valuable use of the social aspect of it's platform as possible. The benefits are obvious as you have so clearly (great!) explained in your opening post.

    More ideas in (more or less) the same line are popping up. See this awesome suggestion from Princeton for example:

    http://xenforo.com/community/threads/suggestion-replace-members-page-with.2773/
     
  15. DomainArchitect.com

    DomainArchitect.com Active Member

    Yes indeed. At the end of the day, these are tools that enable the membership to collectively rank the content contributors and their contributions. It is likely that this will encourage members to create better threads and write more useful responses because members want their posts to be liked, they want to enhance their status, and they want receive unique recognition.
     
  16. dutchbb

    dutchbb Well-Known Member

    This sounds like a great addition, the only problem will be that you'll also encourage people that just want to be on the top of the list. So they will tell their 'friends' on the forum to give each other likes.
     
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  17. DomainArchitect.com

    DomainArchitect.com Active Member

    This is definitely one of the downsides to such a tool, but perhaps we can explore a solution or a way to discourage such abuse of this feature. Any ideas?
     
  18. Shamil

    Shamil Well-Known Member

    Likes have to be spread around before a user can give it to the same user again
     
  19. James

    James Well-Known Member

    Like != Reputation - IMO anyway. If we start restricting the usage of the Like feature, we start to piss off our users.

    If a user has created 4 or 5 posts that are all worthy of a Like, I'm more likely to abuse the Like feature by clicking Like on random posts in order to actually give this 1 valid Like to a user who has earned it.

    My suggestion would be that we don't restrict it. If you have users who abuse it, maybe you're looking for a feature that can omit a user/usergroup from appearing on the Like statistics.
     
  20. Booth

    Booth Well-Known Member

    This would be good if integrated into the news feed, perhaps a sidebar block with "most liked posts in last X days".
     
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