But then why thumbs at all if that kind of information is useless? The same reasoning surely applies to thumbs up as a form of feedback?
Thumbs are feedback. That's pretty much all they are. They aren't discussion or conversation. They're immediate yea or nay feedback.
As such, they're a form of discussion of its own, essentially separate from worded discussion. Having an entire subchannel medium that is binary in nature be restricted to one of the two options - yea only - is completely absurd. I understand its comfortable, warm and fuzzy, but it doesn't make it right.
You're thinking about it using the wrong paradigm. This is not a townhall. This is a nice place at which to hang out.
That's an assertion. By the same argument, why have thumbs? Wouldn't it be better for people to post and express their agreement?
I don't necessarily care to read someone's post that reads "nice fit!!" but if someone's going to shit on someone's look, they should at least be required to say why. Ultimately, a world in which someone publicly expresses their distaste for every single thing they don't like would be a pretty insufferable one. Let's not turn SF into that.
Whenever I see this discussion about thumbs, and activity, and courting or keeping new members, it always seems the easiest thing to demand would just be a certain level of civility towards new posters -- even if you don't believe they have as much to contribute.
The last post I remember from you was in the contentedness thread, a brief shitty reply towards someone with a low post count who had the audacity to express joy over some item or another that didn't quite live up to your standards of svelte bleakness. That was about a week ago.
But you're right -- I probably am too quick to dump on you for this sort of thing, as your treatment of select friends, and especially family members, was really, really egregious, and -- even though it's so uncool to express -- still makes me angry when I think about it.
Regarding thumb comments, I was a fan. They let people sneak-in those minor helpful tidbits they would have otherwise left out. That was a cool thing. Edited by noob in 89 - 4/18/15 at 10:06pm