# 06 Jun, 2017 13:41
I haven't really been paying much attention to the 'Like' mechanism in Astrobin so far. However recently I have caught myself on a number of occasions just browsing through the global stream and liking images without opening them properly. This seems to be reasonably common judging from the number of times you can observe the same person liking a lot of (sometimes all) images at the top of the stream in a very short space of time.
Thinking about this (in my opinion) you shouldn't really judge an image without knowing some of the details and seeing it in it's full glory. I almost feel I owe it to the person putting in all the effort, to spend a bit of time on it and not just click 'like' on a pretty image and move on to the next. With this in mind I think it would be a good idea to remove the 'Like' button from the images in the global stream and only have it available from the technical page.
What are other peoples thoughts?
# 06 Jun, 2017 14:19
Likes are inconsequential on AstroBin, just a way to build community and let people feel appreciation. It's okay to click Like on an imperfect image sometimes. Yes, when the small Like button was introduced to the global stream, I saw an increase in the overall number of Likes, but I can't see how that's a bad thing
# 07 Jun, 2017 16:17
I think it is a good thing and it helps a lot with the slow astrobin interface to show appreciation. When I am interested in the details, I of course go to the image page.|
I am actually so used to it that I miss the button on the top picks page!
# 07 Jun, 2017 17:11
|two sides of this, one side Bjorn and Mike told everything about it i cant see anything bad in likes, unless they go into tens of thousands (something like spaming)|
# 07 Jun, 2017 17:29
I never suggested that you should only click 'Like' on perfect images! |
Yes it certainly is very convenient but I think it somehow lessens the value of a 'Like' because all it's saying is that you have uploaded a pretty picture. Don't get me wrong I think that is great and a nice pat on the back but personally I would rather have less quantity and more quality i.e. someone looks at the image properly and how it was made and then gives me a thumbs up. Maybe those are two different things i.e. a friendly acknowledgement versus a deeper appreciation of the work as a whole. Yes I would agree that that's where comments come in and I do really appreciate it if someone takes the time to leave a message but the downside is that that is not 'searchable' i.e. if I want good find good images of a target I still have to sort by 'Likes'. Ideally we should have both I guess, a 'Like' and a 'Really Like'
# 07 Jun, 2017 17:52
|Well, from the three possible interactions, like, comment and bookmark, the like is most likely the basic one. When I really like an image, I bookmark it. And when I love an image, I give a comment. So there are other, stronger possibilities to show appreciation.|
# 07 Jun, 2017 19:47
Salvatore IoveneJust curious Salvatore…..
From the Astrobin FAQ page
How is the AstroBin index calculated?
The AstroBin index is a function of the number of Likes and the number of images posted by a user.
# 07 Jun, 2017 20:50
# 07 Jun, 2017 21:03
First I want to say that I do not understand coding, but thank you for the link.
My only reason for posting my response was that you said "Likes are inconsequential on AstroBin ".
I am merely stating what your FAQ page says about likes.
So by deductive reasoning The Astrobin index is inconsequential also! Then WHY have one??? If it is only to determine Trending Astrophotographers , then likes are indeed consequential.
# 08 Jun, 2017 01:03
|If you have a slow internet connection and limited viewing time, it might be next to impossible to see more than a handful of images in all their glory. In that instance it is nice to be able to click the like button on images that you appreciate in the global stream.|
# 08 Jun, 2017 06:58
|True Bob, likes do determine the Index and the trending astrophotographers. But if they devaluate and there's more, it's more for everyone so it doesn't matter.|
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