Like is Enough
I noticed today that for comment response, in addition to Like you can also choose Insightful, Agree & Awesome. Just my opinion, Like was adequate. Beyond that you can always post a comment.
Agree, @Chas Howell. And the leader board (see the announcement).1
Yeah, at the risk of creating an echo chamber here, four different ways to give a generic positive response is a bit excessive.
And given that I have never figured out (or cared) how points are generated, that "leader board" is also ...superfluous.1
I feel any amount of time spent by FamilySearch engineers fixing this as you all would desire is time completely wasted compared to many other things which need attention. Let's stick to important changes.0
Hi Sam. Unfortunately, the "Closed" announcement doesn't provide the opportunity to comment on the "Leader Board" or the introduction of the "Insightful", "Agree" and "Awesome" options, so I'll have to add my comments here.
As I have expressed previously (relating to Indexing), I do not agree at all with published statistics. Firstly, different FamilySearch users choose to contribute to FamilySearch in different ways. Secondly, some of us just have far more time on our hands than others. Thirdly, I do not wish to see my name attached to any "This Week's Leaders" list, as what I contribute here is not to gain any "glory", but just to offer help in a way I would expect to receive it when I have a difficulty I cannot resolve.
If I choose to spend part of my day responding to queries raised here I want no thanks for it - and even if I provide the "definitive" response to a query I would be mortified to be given an "Awesome" for my efforts.
I participate in this forum (and no social media platforms) as it has (hitherto) seemed to have a completely different ethos. I want to continue in participating here, but wish there was some way I could opt-out of this (what I regard as) silliness.5
(Sorry, @Paul W, I just could help myself. I promise not to mark anything Awesome again, but your comments always are.)3
I knew someone would do it, but certainly didn't expect it from you, Gordon! I won't reciprocate though!0
Well said, @Paul W
I'm reminded of earlier days on Facebook when the only option was a thumbs-up to like a comment or a post. Members regularly asked for the option to have a thumbs-up down or dislike option. Management decided members were not mature enough (their words) to have a dislike button because it might be misused. Then management supplied a hate face button.2
Ecclesiastes 3:4. This topic: clause 1, my comment: clause 2. (I've been accused of having a weird and too subtle sense of humor. I'll go back to restraining myself.)0
I join with others, IMO the idea of a Public Leader Board as explained recently is inappropriate and hope that that decision will be reconsidered.3
@Sam Sulser, I wonder if you could explain the point of posting an announcement in an obscure place and then immediately closing it, so that nobody can comment. Does this mean that the announced change is permanent and not up for discussion at all?
(For those who are as confused as I was, the closed announcement about the leader board is in the Community News category that nobody ever looks at.)
In case I'm wrong about the impression created by the immediately-closed announcement, the part that really doesn't make sense to me is "It’s not meant as a competition". Then what on Earth is it meant as? If it's not a competition, then there is no score and no leader and hence no leader board.
But either way, would the Powers That Be be amenable to at least allowing us to close that panel, or move it down to the bottom, out of the way?3
Ok, let's see if I can address a few of the issues you raised. @Julia Szent-Györgyi I posted in the Community News because I am trying to get people to start looking there for updates, news, or announcements. This announcement wasn't of an urgent nature so I felt the News category was ok in this case. If you could chose where announcements were placed, where would you like to see them?
@Julia Szent-Györgyi and @Paul W I did close the post. Not because I didn't want you to comment but to Julia's point, Community News is not the most looked in location (yet) and it was an announcement, not a discussion topic or question. I figured that if someone wanted to discuss the topic, they would (and did) create a discussion. I don't have heartburn either way. I can leave them open for discussion if you like. I can even open that one if you want.
I will get back here to discuss more of your concerns in a bit. Sam2