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Forum topic by KnickKnack posted 10-25-2009 06:50 PM 1989 views 0 times favorited 21 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-25-2009 06:50 PM

There was a question recently about who’d viewed every project on the site – well, I joined a while ago, went through them all, and have since then kept up to date with the newsfeed.

I don’t, of course, like everything, but there are many that, to my viewpoint, stand out above the others. Rather than write a comment… “Cool, I like that”, or some such, I think it would be a good idea if there was a button I could click to express that, and leave the comments section for things more pertinent. The project web page would then show the nicks that had clicked the button, in a simple list, thereby saving screen real estate.
The Projects page would show the count … “124 views | 2 comments | 25 times deemed cool” (or some such), and likewise on the individual projects page.
No-one, of course, would be prevented from writing it as a normal comment, but I suspect there are a lot of people who would just want to express approval or admiration without writing a comment.

A lot of sites have something like this, and I’ve clicked many a “Thanks” button in situations where I wouldn’t want to, or need to, write a full blown comment.

Just an idea.

-- "Do not speak – unless it improves on silence." --- "Following the rules and protecting the regulations is binding oneself without rope."

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#1 posted 10-25-2009 07:03 PM

Interesting Idea, I have to admit I was tempted to leave a one word comment. “cool” but I resisted.
As you can see I comment a lot (may be to much) but if Martin was going to incorporate this approach maybe
he could have a drop down list of comments like : cool, way cool,super cool, outrageously cool, etc etc.
I’m sure others could add to the list.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#2 posted 10-25-2009 07:04 PM

And I think that’s a really good idea, too, facebook has a device like that, the ‘liked this’ button, with a little thumbs up graphic. So while nobody likes to copy something, sometimes leaders lead best by following a good idea. I’d love to see this feature.

-- "That which has in itself the greatest use, possesses the greatest beauty." -

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#3 posted 10-25-2009 10:09 PM


-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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#4 posted 11-14-2009 10:39 AM

“I like this”

-- Derek, Bremerton WA --

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#5 posted 11-14-2009 04:58 PM

I think it is a good idea. There are so many great projects being posted these days, I always feel a bit guilty when I don’t have time to write a comment on something that is really first class work.

When I post a project I get a lot of comments, but I know that is mainly because I have a lot of “buddies” who get notified when I post something, and they sort of feel obliged to comment. I hate it when I see a really nice piece of woodworking posted… something that took many hours and great skill to complete… and there are only three or four comments. So an “attaboy” button would be a good way of letting the poster know his work is appreciated.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#6 posted 11-14-2009 05:32 PM

Cool, I like this idea.

-- Alan, Prince George

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#7 posted 11-14-2009 06:57 PM

Way cool idea.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#8 posted 11-14-2009 07:04 PM

Knick Knack, I think your idea is a notch above.
See what I did there?

-- Thuan

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#9 posted 11-14-2009 07:42 PM

I don’t think we need a rating system notottoman, that kind of competition is exactly what LJ isn’t all about.

What this button does is [hopefully] cut out the bulk of the one word/one line responses – hopefully leaving folks more time to write better and more reasoned responses and/or questions about the project.

-- Derek, Bremerton WA --

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#10 posted 11-14-2009 08:15 PM

Derek, I’m with you on the no ratings. I feel so cheap when women put a number on me. :-)

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#11 posted 11-14-2009 08:26 PM

cool beans

-- u

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#12 posted 11-14-2009 10:17 PM

Good idea one for Martin to ponder on

-- cut it saw it scrap it SKPE: ANDREW.CARTER69

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#13 posted 11-14-2009 10:17 PM

-- I GIVE UP!!!! I've cut this @!&*!% board 3 times.... its still too short!

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#14 posted 12-19-2009 11:43 PM

I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but there is a “favorite” button at the top of the page.

I personally think a “like” button would encourage lazyness and you would see a serious drop in unique, personal comments. Even if a comment is simple, it shows that you like it enough to take 2 seconds to say something.

Sorry, I’m not a fan of the idea.

-- Happy woodworking!

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#15 posted 12-21-2009 03:26 PM

Yea, after rethinking, I agree with Blake. It does change the site a bunch. That is what we have always been about, is the closeness and personal comments that we give each other. I don’t think it would be advantages to the person putting up the project or the person viewing it. I guess what I am saying is I look forward to the words of support I get from friends and even people I don’t know. I think others do also. It is what makes this site personal and seperates us from other sites. So, you don’t have time to comment on every project, comment on what you can. Maybe an attaboy for the struggling woodworker, and not just the top artist. They know their good already. Just my 2 cents and like rearends eveyone has one.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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