The Dislike Button – I was wrong

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Andrzej Marczewski

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  1. Enrique Guti rrezEnrique Gutiérrez says:

    It is possible, but with a little twist. You could have the button, no, you must have the button but I will add a MUST-Say-why button to whomever pressed it, that way you allow them to say whatever the feel like saying but also they must justify that answer. Otherwise it is easy just to throw the “insult” or whatever that dislike was meant to be. You want to destroy? Fine, tell us why.

  2. So you would prefer not to have a downvote button on youtube nowadays? 🙂 It’s an idea, I think you’re very right with what you said.

  3. I think the best treatment for trolls is to ignore them. I think many of them know they are doing something negative, that they are posting useless or harmful stuff. But they do it to call attention. And if they get a lot of dislikes, probably most of them will feel they are accomplishing their goal and will keep on. In this sense, that is probably the reason why facebook has a few options to ignore things. Apart from totally unfriending someone, you can also block specific types of posts. That way you have a few options to give a silent treatment to anyone who is annoying you.

  4. It’s a nice idea if you can control the trolls. Some mechanics might help (burn down timers for example) but of course they would likely find ways to game. Perhaps you could limit the number of dislikes available on a 20 to 1 type ratio vs positive likes. Perhaps certain actions and behaviours drive unlocking of dislike ability.

    It depends on how you define useful, just cause ‘charlie bit my finger’ is popular doesn’t mean it has any value 🙂

    • And there in lies the issue. If, for example, I have a public wobble (like I did the other week). I got some amazing responses from people that really helped. Trolls don’t tend to have the balls to be directly negative – but if they could just click a button that basically says “I do not feel you are of value” – how the hell does that make the recipient feel at a vulnerable moment!

  5. What do you think? Should we be able to dislike everything on the internet, or does that give far too much power to the trolls? Does reddit show the way for instance?

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