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IP.Board 3.2.0: New reputation mode - "Like"

In IP.Board 3.0.0 we added a reputation system. This allowed your members to "up-vote" and "down-vote" a post's "reputation". This not only allows you to quickly identify "valued" replies but you can also elect to filter out replies below a certain threshold.

This system has worked very well over the past few years and our own community receives many hundreds of positive votes for good or helpful content. It's a nice visual way of saying "Thanks!'.

We have extended this system in 3.2.0 to add a new reputation 'mode' selectable from the Admin Control Panel. This new mode works in the same manner as a "like" system often seen on social networking sites.

This "like" system is an even better visual way for identifying good content and makes it more personal by leaving your name in the "like" list rather than it being an anonymous donation.

Here are some screen shots:
Note: the following screen shots have been taken from my local development board. Expect the final interface to change


Here you can see that I've "liked" this post along with some other members.


Clicking the '1 other" link brings up an inline pop-up showing exactly who has "liked" this post.

Here's a brief video showing the system in action:



We hope that you "like" this new enhancement to our reputation system and find it brings a new level of interaction with your members.

Feel free to comment on this blog entry below or, if you have feedback unrelated to this blog entry, start a new topic in our feedback forum. Be sure to check the What's New in IP.Board 3.2 topic for a running list of announced changes!

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Hopefully if this involves a similar button to the 'like' on the blogs and third party apps, it will use a different language bit.

Why? Well on the other apps such as the blogs it doubles as a watch button, so we are thinking of changing the wording on it. If this uses the same language file, then we will have the new word/phrase showing here.

Apart from that it sounds great :)

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A few things:

As I mentioned in the blog entry, the interface will be cleaned up. That is Rikki's department. :)
Right now, when you click the "plus" button (and 'like' mode is enabled from the Admin CP) then the rep is increased and you show as 'liking' the post. When you click the red negative button your like is removed and the rep is decremented.

The current "like" stuff you see on Blog and Gallery is going to be relablled as "Follow" which makes more sense as it ties into the notification system.

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When I use the default + sign, hardly anyone clicks on it or understands it. I have since replaced it with a huge green thumbs up with the word Thanks under it (about 8x bigger than the +). Doing this made the response rate go way up (probably 50 or 100x more than before). It would be good to consider something more like this.

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sounds great

but why is the soon to be released version of gallery not using it ?

imo needs to be ported across to all other invision aps at the time of release rather that the usual wait for the next release scenario/treadmill

as its all getting a bit hard to follow

ipcontent doesnt use any sort of like, but its separate comments system use reputation, the new yet to be released version of gallery uses the "old" like, does the old version of gallery uses favourites (think i switched it off)
plus seems you may need to use the old version of gallery if you want to use ipcontent with it, then what happens to notifications if the old like system is retired from downloads and replaced by this

in a nut shell
any chance of once and for all getting all the apps and the core all at the same point of dev, all using the same features at the same point of time and get rid of all these duplicate similar features

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So ... "like" ... will be ... "follow" .... hmmmm pinch.png

If someone makes a post that I "like" I won't necessarily be "following" it - I'll simply like it and forget about it.

Follow implies some level of monitoring, checking back, reviewing ... so it's the wrong word to use IMHO ... totally wrong; it also runs against all the other social software that uses "like" for something you ... well ... just ... like. :thumbsup:

Cheers,
Shaun :D

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We don't want to hold Gallery 4 back until 3.2.0 is released.

Shaun - I get that it's confusing at the moment. Probably best to wait until we have the final interfaces - it'll make more sense. :)

Posts/comments will have "like"
Everything else will be "Follow".

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It would be nice to see 'like' for content i.e. posts and 'follow' for users like in twitter, if you are also planning for it. :)

I hope there will be notification, if someone will 'like' my content (posts) and possible way to see which of my content is liked in user CP or some where else.

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[quote name='Matt' timestamp='1298645052']
We don't want to hold Gallery 4 back until 3.2.0 is released.

Shaun - I get that it's confusing at the moment. Probably best to wait until we have the final interfaces - it'll make more sense. :)

Posts/comments will have "like"
Everything else will be "Follow".


Great - for many of my users, they are already confused between like on facebook and like on the new system - I think using like for limited areas and follow for the rest will make a lot of sense. And if people want it still to say like and perhaps do not have a link to facebook then a simple language change will do.

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[quote name='Infini9' timestamp='1298640568']
How hard would it be to implement something like this into topics in 3.1.4 by ourselves? I won't be upgrading to 3.2 but this is a feature I have been avidly looking into.


Upgrade to 3.2. I know skins and mods are a pain to update but it'll be worth it in the end.

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