Fok, man the thumb comments addition then removal was annoying as hell. Is there any chance to show who liked the comment and what they said as a spoiler in the same line bar as the thumb? It would make life so much easier on mobile platforms. Or just make an app.
Not free to make, I know, but the mobile experience is pretty ratchet sometimes.
Not just not free to make - it takes a lot of time. But.. yes, an app is in the works.
The thumb comments we removed because, as implemented, the reintroduction was not generally well received by the community. It was a "wel, it might be good, but it might be bad, The additional click decreased the use of the like function by close to 40% on first reintroduction, which recovered slightly, but to 25% under usual rates. We've since recovered. We do take anecdotal evidence into consideration, but a lot of our decisions are data driven, and that one was a clear no-no.
I think that like comments could be cool, but it would require a revamp of the system, and there is no clear paradigm for doing this in an efficient manner. Instagram, tumblr, faebook, pinterest, twitter, all have comments and likes separated. That makes no sense on a forum, where the dialogue is post, and not comment, driven (i.e. a much flatter, even playing field for all participants). I've thought a bit about a good UX for likes with integrated comments, but honestly, have not come up with anything non-annoying that allows both a one click like and an optional comment.
I really like the mobile version of the site, with some reservations, and data indicates that my personal experience is the norm. But there are some minor, but rather obvious, issues, like the inability to see at least the number of likes on a post.