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Introducing "Thanks"

Post by whisk.e.rebellion » Fri Sep 19, 2014 11:29 am

If you're using the subsilver2 (default) or prosilver theme, you may have noticed a new thumbs up button and some new fields on posts and profiles. We've implemented a "thanks" system where users can thank other users for their posts.

It's kind of like a positive reinforcement karma system. Hopefully, it'll help to give some recognition to our good posters and encourage others to make quality posts.

For obvious reasons, it's not possible to "thank" posts in Announcements, Thread Graveyard or Off-topic.
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Re: Introducing "Thanks"

Post by woodsghost » Fri Sep 19, 2014 12:02 pm

Great to hear! I have been thinking such a system would be a great addition.

I must not be using one of the mentioned themes, as I don't seem to have any thumbs up button, but I"ll keep an eye out in case it pops up eventually.

I see up by the User Control Panel a Thanks Toplist and a Thanks list. Happy to see that!
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Re: Introducing "Thanks"

Post by whisk.e.rebellion » Fri Sep 19, 2014 12:04 pm

Those are the only two themes really supported by anyone making plugins anymore.

You are using subsilver2, which is the default theme, so you should be seeing the yellow thumbs up on the bottom right corner of each posts. Well, you won't in this thread, but any thread not in the above mentioned forums should show the buttons.
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Re: Introducing "Thanks"

Post by Gingerbread Man » Fri Sep 19, 2014 12:38 pm

I see it says who was thanked but it doesn't say by whom. Does that get recorded anywhere? :?:

Never mind, it does. Just click on the number and it takes you to the thanked post.

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Re: Introducing "Thanks"

Post by woodsghost » Fri Sep 19, 2014 12:56 pm

whisk.e.rebellion wrote:Those are the only two themes really supported by anyone making plugins anymore.

You are using subsilver2, which is the default theme, so you should be seeing the yellow thumbs up on the bottom right corner of each posts. Well, you won't in this thread, but any thread not in the above mentioned forums should show the buttons.
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Re: Introducing "Thanks"

Post by Beowolf » Fri Sep 19, 2014 12:56 pm

I like!

But my 'New posts' link went away from the board index. :?: Are these things related?
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Re: Introducing "Thanks"

Post by mystic_1 » Fri Sep 19, 2014 3:16 pm

Bah, call me grumpy, but I tend to dislike features like this as they tend to devolve into popularity contests.

Also, I see that a thread on the 020 forum is now labeled with "Rating:14.29%" which implies that the thread is considered unfavorable.

thumbs down.

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Re: Introducing "Thanks"

Post by whisk.e.rebellion » Fri Sep 19, 2014 3:48 pm

Beowolf wrote:I like!

But my 'New posts' link went away from the board index. :?: Are these things related?
Shouldn't be. I still have "new posts."
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Re: Introducing "Thanks"

Post by whisk.e.rebellion » Fri Sep 19, 2014 3:51 pm

mystic_1 wrote:Bah, call me grumpy, but I tend to dislike features like this as they tend to devolve into popularity contests.

Also, I see that a thread on the 020 forum is now labeled with "Rating:14.29%" which implies that the thread is considered unfavorable.

thumbs down.

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This is precisely why we didn't go with the "karma" mod which allows people to upvote and downvote posts. We felt that would be more open to dogpiling and the like.

The rating doesn't imply that a post/thread is "unfavorable," but I can see how that can be inferred. The idea is that /quality/ posts will get upvoted and chit chatty or moronic stuff won't.

This may or may not be a permanent change. I'm going to evaluate things in a while and see what, if any, effect this is having.
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Re: Introducing "Thanks"

Post by TheZone » Fri Sep 19, 2014 3:59 pm

I personally like the feature. I've seen it used on other forums, and it adds a level of courtesy. I agree that having 'neg rep' invites trouble, but being able to click a button to let another poster know you value their input is a win-win.
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Re: Introducing "Thanks"

Post by woodsghost » Fri Sep 19, 2014 4:54 pm

What I am seeing so far is if two separate people hit "thanks," the post goes to 100%. All the....10 stars? Not sure what else happens, or if we need any more than 2 "thanks" to fully rate a post.

Not saying good or bad. Just taking notes. Seeing if this is how it was intended to work.

EDIT: Seems to have changed. Cool deal!
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Re: Introducing "Thanks"

Post by Halfapint » Fri Sep 19, 2014 8:41 pm

I'm not sure I like this personally. If it didn't count on our profiles and stuff it would be cool. I like the "thanks toplist" but I wish it were for posts, not people.

I suppose it's something new and I don't really like it but will get used to it. If it were more of a Facebook like and it wasn't scored and you could view the most well reviewed posts. That would be better IMHO.
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Re: Introducing "Thanks"

Post by Woods Walker » Fri Sep 19, 2014 11:42 pm

Thanks for spending the time to do this upgrade.
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Re: Introducing "Thanks"

Post by Towanda » Sat Sep 20, 2014 3:20 am

Sounds like a good idea. I'll be sure to try it out.

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Re: Introducing "Thanks"

Post by Stercutus » Sun Sep 21, 2014 1:04 pm

I was going to thankyou for posting this but I cant. :rofl:
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Re: Introducing "Thanks"

Post by ineffableone » Mon Sep 22, 2014 11:13 pm

Stercutus wrote:I was going to thankyou for posting this but I cant. :rofl:
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Re: Introducing "Thanks"

Post by Apathy » Mon Sep 22, 2014 11:47 pm

My theme does not support this. It is a good idea, but I probably won't Participate.

No I will not change my theme!!!!
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Re: Introducing "Thanks"

Post by ineffableone » Wed Sep 24, 2014 3:57 pm

Apathy wrote:My theme does not support this. It is a good idea, but I probably won't Participate.

No I will not change my theme!!!!
Yes I wish this had been available for more themes. I really don't like the white glare of the two themes this is available for and don't see switching to them anytime soon. I guess if I really like a post enough, I will switch to a thanks supported theme to do a thanks then switch back to my usual theme. But considering how much effort that is, it means I will likely not be giving many thanks.
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Re: Introducing "Thanks"

Post by Honeypot » Wed Oct 01, 2014 2:55 pm

I noticed a blatant spam, and accidentally hit the "thanks" icon instead of the "report" icon. :(
We need a way to revert accidental "thanks".

It would be nice if you rethought all the clutter of icons which "thanks" is part of.
Personally, I'd keep the spam/social-media icons small (or kill 'em!), and drastically increase the size of the "thanks" and "report" icons.

How about a heart for "thanks"?
At the very least, a color change would make it clearer.

Yup, still feeling stupid about the accidental click.
At least one other forum dweller has "thanked" a scammer, so at least I'm not alone.

And since it doesn't work here... a typed "Thanks!" to all who maintain these forums! :)
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Re: Introducing "Thanks"

Post by whisk.e.rebellion » Wed Oct 01, 2014 5:50 pm

Honeypot wrote:I noticed a blatant spam, and accidentally hit the "thanks" icon instead of the "report" icon. :(
We need a way to revert accidental "thanks".
There's a way to unthank. The "thumbs up" becomes a "thumbs down" after you thank a post.

I'll take any and all feedback about the looks of things.

And, you're welcome :)
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Re: Introducing "Thanks"

Post by Honeypot » Thu Oct 02, 2014 2:57 am

whisk.e.rebellion wrote:
Honeypot wrote:I noticed a blatant spam, and accidentally hit the "thanks" icon instead of the "report" icon. :(
We need a way to revert accidental "thanks".
There's a way to unthank. The "thumbs up" becomes a "thumbs down" after you thank a post.

I'll take any and all feedback about the looks of things.

And, you're welcome :)
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Bonus: it asks you to confirm. Good UI. :)

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Re: Introducing "Thanks"

Post by Gingerbread Man » Thu Oct 02, 2014 11:21 am

Yo' what happened to the ability to 'thank' in off topic and fiction? I like to thank the writers, encourages them.
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Re: Introducing "Thanks"

Post by shrapnel » Thu Oct 02, 2014 11:42 am

If you look at the Thanks Toplist, three out of the top five thanked posts are in Fiction, and four out of the top five topics are. The one remaining post is the ZS045 chat thread. While encouraging writers is good, you can just as easily do that with a post, and it doesn't drown out posts that are more in keeping with the whole preparedness thing that we're trying to promote. Part of the point of thanks was to improve the signal-to-noise ratio, and it's harder to see good, prep-related posts when everything is in Fiction. You'll just have to show your appreciation the old-fashioned way- by posting in a story and saying that you liked it. :wink:
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Re: Introducing "Thanks"

Post by Barnabus » Mon Oct 13, 2014 2:39 pm

has something happened with the thanks system? I haven't seen the thanks button the last few days.
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