But how does giving a post an unappreciated rating add to anything? This is a DISCUSSION forum which means we DISCUSS.
I think the thumbs down option tends to prevent some of the worst pileons. Instead of humpty brazillion people jumping on one poster to tell them exactly why (to use Saje's example) riding yearlings is not a great idea (usually in exactly the same words), you get people red thumbing the post and only a few repeating the same advice. Like polling, both red and green thumbs provide some important (if somewhat limited) feedback.
I find both red and green thumbs provide quite useful feedback and am mystified by the people who find them hurtful or childish or in some way a commentary on the poster as a person. It reminds me of interns I have had who only want positive feedback and go into emotional tailspins at the first sign of any kind of criticism. YMMV.
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Are you guys getting popups for thumb notifications? I'm not, I only know I've got something if I bother to look at the Notifications link at the top of the page. I DO get a popup message if I get a PM though.
I also turned off all but Moderator email contacts, don't know if that has anything to do w/ it.
Really I dont mind thumbs up and downs but I wozld love to have the usernames connected with it... I think if any user is willing to be connected to his opinion its ok.
I do not appreciate of anonymous opinions...
( by the way the last time I posted exactly the same opinion I got several anonymous thumbs down)
I would like the feature more if usernames were connected to them.
I have seen a few cases where someone gets their panties in a twist and just goes through and thumbs things down on every post someone makes. Easy enough to disregard, but really, it would be nice to know who/when someone is thumbs up or down so you can know if you're on the right track or maybe need to rethink your position. I generally like the concept. I just wish usernames were attached.
A good horseman doesn't have to tell anyone...the horse already knows.
For example, someone started a thread saying she was going to Europe, asking for suggests on tack shops/brands. I replied and told her about a German brand I like, HKM. Someone neg thummbed it. WHAT DOES that mean?
1. Someone thought that was bad advice, that poster doesn't like HKM
2. Someone thought it was incomplete advice, I should have explained more or given other options
3. Someone doesn't like the idea of me throwing out suggestions at all, the OP should figure it out on her own
4. Someone doesn't like me
5. Someone doesn't like Germany at all
6. Someone is annoyed that the OP is going on a trip and talking about it
Or a million other explanations...
The thumbs are wholly unhelpful. They aren't being used to truly "disagree" they're being used to say "I don't like you but I'm a coward so rather than say something-- I'll red thumb you."
And there's JUST as much piling on as before. Only now posters post something nasty AND go red thumb your post on that thread... and click your history and go red thumb all your past posts too out of spite.
It's juvenile, childish, and almost tantamount to bullying. I bet if it were linked to user names, OVERNIGHT you'd love 90% of the red thumbing. Overnight. If posters knew they'd be called out for passive-aggressive behavior-- they wouldn't do it. It's a supreme example of how mean people will act when they think no one will find out.
I also think it's turning this board into a really juvenile place. HSGF already exists if I want to chat with people who act like 13 year olds. Let's not do that here too.
I voted to keep the thumbs up. There are posts that I have really appreciated, but if others have already commented or "ditto"ed or agreed with the post, I don't clog up the thread by also commenting. The green thumb is perfect for that because many people can show their appreciation that might not have otherwise.
Totally agree with Sonesta regarding the red thumb.