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    The antix community forum is a friendly place, with many knowledgeable folk who appear only to happy to help with any difficulties or questions. I think many here would agree wholeheartedly with that.

    However, a key difference that I’ve found between the antix forum and other distro forums, and something that I really like, is that members are not ranked here through the use of a likes-button. After you’ve been a member of a forum community for a while, it becomes pretty obvious who the kind, helpful and experienced Linux folk are, without resorting to the number of likes next to someone’s name as an indicator.

    These are the main reasons I dislike a likes-button in Linux community forums:
    – it generates a hierarchy and therefore less egalitarian, the elite being the ones with the most likes
    – number of likes is not necessarily the best indicator of technical experience – sometimes it can merely indicate entertainment value
    – it can turn the forum into a popularity contest
    – sometimes it encourages folk to post clickbait, to maximize their number of likes, which will have some knock-on effect on the quality of at least some postings
    – it feels a bit childish

    These are just my views – feel free to disagree.

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    :D

    I’ve not noticed the “likes” in other forums. But I also don’t visit a large number of forums. It sounds like a Facebook feature. Could these other forums be on Facebook?

    I do like some of the features of other forums such as editing and searching. This forum software is somewhat limited in comparison. But I do agree that the antiX forum is a good bunch and always ready and willing to help others and not just pump up their own image.

    Seaken64

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    :D

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    #61436
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    :D

    I’ve not noticed the “likes” in other forums. But I also don’t visit a large number of forums. It sounds like a Facebook feature. Could these other forums be on Facebook?
    Seaken64

    Yes, quite a few forums use some sort of hierarchial system – some call it “likes”, others call it “level”, “beans”, etc, some examples being PClinuxOS, Ubuntu, Mint, Lite, Bodhi, and so on. As you say, Facebook use this a likes feature, but I don’t use Facebook or social media in general.

    I’ve noticed that antix has introduced a helpful/not helpful button. That’s probably better (more descriptive) than likes. So far, is anyone using it, and will it be used to rank members ? I’d hate being labelled as “unhelpful” – I suspect the consequence of that would be that noone would want to talk to me (lol).

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    :D

    @skidoo
    I think that illustrates perfectly the futility of the likes system!
    Reading your quote made me laugh.

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    No the helpful / not helpful is not a rating for the user and is anonymous.
    2 main things:
    – it allows the user to skim over the posts finding the most common solution to the stated problem. (this can be autosorted to first reply but is currently turned off to keep the timeline correct). This should also make the search function work better (Though I have not immediately seen how)
    – to gauge faq items without everyone replying to say they had the same problem.

    I’d hate being labelled as “unhelpful”

    Probably nobody does, so it is now a smiley

    Computers are like air conditioners. They work fine until you start opening Windows. ~Author Unknown

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    :D

    @Dave
    Thanks Dave – that sounds a sensible system. I’m relieved that antix didn’t/isn’t going down the “likes” route.

    EDIT: just noticed someone has changed the “unhelpful” to “:D”. That feels much better – thanks!

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