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What do you use 'Like' for?

Discussion in 'XenForo Pre-Sales Questions' started by Kier, Aug 10, 2010.

  1. Kier

    Kier XenForo Developer Staff Member

    The Like button is an interesting beast, as the simple action of 'Liking' something can have so many different meanings.

    Personally, I use it to mean one or several of the following:
    • I like this post
    • Thanks for saying this
    • I agree with this post
    There are probably a few others I use, but I'm interested to see what other interpretations there are among us.
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  2. JVCode

    JVCode Well-Known Member

    I use the "Like" button in the same way as you do Kier.
  3. gordy

    gordy Well-Known Member

    All the above, like a 'right on, dude'
    ~sent from my Android
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  4. Peggy

    Peggy Well-Known Member

    Yep that's about what I use it for too.
  5. Greg

    Greg Active Member

    In the suggestions forum, I use it to indicate that I agree. Elsewhere, I use it to indicate a post that I think is well thought out, makes a valid point, amuses me, or extols the virtues of Emacs :p
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  6. Onimua

    Onimua Well-Known Member

    Primarily I use it to signify that something was a good idea or that I agree with something that was posted but don't feel like posting something unless I have much more to say.

    The rest might be me thinking something said was funny, or sometimes I just like it for no reason. :p
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  7. Nick

    Nick Well-Known Member

    Same reasons as everybody's mentioned so far, but also: "Interesting idea/thought/view... I like it" or "LOL!".
  8. Brogan

    Brogan XenForo Moderator Staff Member

    Pretty much the same as everyone else.

    I've been missing it on my own forum for the last week :(
  9. Dean

    Dean Well-Known Member

    Anything positive in nature.

    Nice system. I can disagree with someone publicly such as the how to order the tabs in the nav bar (in a respectful manner of course), then the same people make some really good posts which I agree with, and 'Like' them. Which adds to the upbeat atmosphere, and make the previous (polite) comments more palatable.

    Using the word 'Like' seems more personal and friendly than a plain '+' button.
  10. Shelley

    Shelley Well-Known Member

    • Liking a post
    • Disliking an idea but the member sticking to his her guns evolving that idea to something with merit
    • Made me laugh (had humour)
    • Agreeing with member
    • Helping/helpful to others
    Probably hundreds of other reasons I can't think of right now.
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  11. RickM

    RickM Well-Known Member

    Kier: I've 'liked' your post because I use it for the same reasons :)

    For me, it has the same usage as the 'thank you hack' for vB 3.x
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  12. Enigma

    Enigma Well-Known Member

    I primarily use it to say I liked what you said, or that I agree with it. But there are probably others as well.
  13. Kier

    Kier XenForo Developer Staff Member

    Seeing the success of that hack and equating it with Facebook's 'Like' functionality was a big reason for putting it in there.
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  14. Nick

    Nick Well-Known Member

    I feel the same way, but now that I think about it, I much prefer the term "like" compared to "thanks"... because I could like a post without necessarily being thankful for it, whereas with the "thanks" system, you can only thank a post that helps you or is otherwise worthy of being thanked.
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  15. TNCclubman

    TNCclubman Well-Known Member

    same as you kier
  16. Brogan

    Brogan XenForo Moderator Staff Member


    And you just got your 50th Like for that :D
  17. Shelley

    Shelley Well-Known Member

    Me too. Whenever I think "like" I automatically think of Xenforo (because I never use facebook). The only problem I have with the like feature is that I don't have it for my own board, not that I use my site anymore. :p
  18. James

    James Well-Known Member

    Same reasons.

    It's become so addictive that I've been on other forums looking for the Like button before realising it wasn't there and facepalming because the forum wasn't quite as beautiful as XF so I should've noticed sooner... addictions eh? ;)
  19. Chris M

    Chris M Active Member

    I use it pretty much the same as everyone else does :)

    And I agree that "Like" is better than "Thanks" :p
  20. anotheralias

    anotheralias Well-Known Member

    I'm just going to "like" the posts above that pretty much sum it up for me.

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