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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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Somebody here made a "thanks" mod. Since installing it my members have really taken to it. See the "thanks" button and result on this post.

http://www.ifsqn.com/forum/index.php/topic/15886-high-care-and-high-risk-according-the-standard/page__view__findpost__p__43032

On forums you normally get questions and answers, so for me a thank you is more of a correct response than a like, unless your forums are just a series of funny yarn topics and posts.

I think my members will like thanks better than like and I don't think they can both exist.

I vote for thanks.

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[quote name='Saferpak 1' timestamp='1298659314']
I think my members will like thanks better than like and I don't think they can both exist.I vote for thanks.


I think you can change 'Like' in language strings to 'Thanks' on your board.

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[quote name='3DKiwi' timestamp='1298663820']
Nice but the first thing that I will be doing is disabling it.



From the blog post: "We have extended this system in 3.2.0 to add a new reputation 'mode' selectable from the Admin Control Panel. "

Meaning you have to specifically enable it for it to be there.

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I still don't understand this quite well...

Clicking the green + will rep positive the post, or mark you as Like-ing this post?

Also, clicking the 1-2-3 other(s) will display a pop-up, that will show all persons that Like-d this. But that's not what the rep number does already? It's linkable to the same pop-up that shows who voted up and/or down.

So, will this Like thing be a new design of the Rep system, resembling Facebook, or an addition to the Rep system?

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Am I the only one that thinks design wise the LIKE buttons are better at the top right of posts and not the bottom?
I see tools and actions coming from the top and trickling down the the content as opposed to from the bottom and going up.

I would have the like option where you have that little selector instead or above it in the light blue area where you have #21 on the right...but that is a personal design style I prefer

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I think the inherent problem with having a like button at the top, is that you haven't read the post yet.

You usually decide you "like" something after you've read it, so naturally you want the like button where the liked content finishes.

No reason you can't modify it in your own skin though and put it where you ..... wait for it ....... wait for it ...................................... like!!!!! :D

Cheers,
Shaun :D

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I'm a little confused... is IPB trying to copy Facebook with 'like' or Twitter with 'follow'? I don't know about other people... but who actually cares about seeing who 'liked' a post? How about enhanced moderation tools or more features like: global forum messages?

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Have you ever used xenForo? You'd be surprised at how addictive receiving "likes" can be, especially when you get the little red alert notification when you login. In simple terms, it feels good and you get a boost from knowing people appreciate what you're saying.

Don't underestimate how powerful a "pull" likes can be to your community once you introduce them.

That being said, it's all optional so you can leave it turned off if you don't feel it would suit your site.

Cheers,
Shaun :D

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I do like what you are doing however I think maybe you are going about it the wrong way. We already have a system in the form of reputation that allows a user to "like" a post, by giving it positive reputation. Would it not be better to show a list of people who "+"'d and "-"'d a post using the reputation system (as you can already turn off "-" if you don't want it anyway).

It seems now if I go with version 3.2 users will have so many options to rate posts. Do I click the "+" sign or do I click "like" or do I click both, but hold on won't that mean that I have liked it twice, no I don't want to do that? I don't see that being a good user experience, which may seem petty as it is a small thing, but the small things are often as or more important than the big things.

Finally if you do opt to go down the route of implementing the "like" system, can you please make a way say administrators and mods are able to moderate them. We have had instances where we know people have been abusing the reputation system, but to find out who we've had to go in and find who manually through SQL.

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I agree that being able to exclude selected members from using the like feature is a good idea.

I would imagine though, as a board admin, you would switch on whichever system you preferred - rather than run both (which I would agree would confuse the hell out of members).

Cheers,
Shaun :D

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I do agree however the big thing about "like" which is not implemented in reputations is the lack of feedback about whom has rated which post, and any real user friendly form of moderation. Reputation gives the general impression that it was put in as an afterthought and it's feature set feels not quite finished. To me if they implemented a list of users who voted on reputation then they have already created their "like" system, which would just be positive reputation.

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@Marc S (and x others :P):

Why do you say that in rep system feedback is not implemented? Haven't you ever noticed the appropriate setting in ACP to enable it?

Just go to ACP > Members > Manage User Groups > [some group] > Global (tab) > Reputation (subarea) > Can view who gave reputation? (option)... Just turn it to Yes for each group and voila... The rep number will be linkable that when clicked will bring a popup about who voted up or down for each post.

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[quote name='Amy T' timestamp='1298841806']
Not sure if I like this as I would prefer the like be separate from the rep system.



Then you don't have to use it. :thumbsup:

Nothing is changing about the rep system - we're just adding a new option.

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