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!