Two new Forum features debuting today

New Feature #1

To streamline interaction at the forum and reduce clutter and unnecessary posts, we’ve just added a set of three new buttons to every post.  They look like this:

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So instead of having to create a whole new post just to thank, congratulate, or agree with an author’s post, just click the appropriate button instead.

Counts of each such action will also be reflected inside the circle beside each action.  So if 193 fellow forum members agree with your post, you’ll see “193” inside a circle beside the word “Agree.”  Hence, you’ll always be able to see, at a glance, what forum members think of your post…or how many are thanking or congratulating you.

New Feature #2

Gratuitous liking of posts has become an issue on our forum.  There are simply WAY, WAY too many likes being given for posts that add little to no value whatsoever.  This activity defeats the whole purpose of the Likes program—which is to identify posts for readers that should be read or that contain meaningful information.

So, effective immediately, the Like button (thumbs-up icon) will not appear on any posts of less than 25 words.

Could this being circumvented?  Can people simply just change from writing 3-word meaningless posts and try to expand them into 25-word meaningless posts?  I’m sure some will try to exploit this new policy, but it will not be tolerated and you WILL be banned if we see a pattern of it.

Can you still write posts of less than 25 words?  Of course, yes.  Just know that you won’t be receiving any likes on these posts.


Bottom line:  If you want to just say “thanks” or “congratulations” to someone, use the new THANKS or CONGRATULATE buttons.  If you simply want to show that you agree with someone’s post, use the new AGREE button.  By doing these things, you’ll help us keep our awesome forum tidy and enjoyable to use for all!

Meanwhile, if you want to elaborate, add reasons for why you agree with an author, or just make a longer statement, we encourage you to do so.  Just make sure you’re doing it because you’ve “got something to say,” and not just because you’re hoping to collect a few likes.

Icons of people with speech bubbles..Head over to the FORUM–to the SFI NEWS DISCUSSIONS section–to discuss this announcement with your fellow SFI’ers now.

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