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I find myself using them on pretty much every platform that has them: matrix, masto, discord, etc.

These would be completely separate from votes, and have no affect on sorting.

What do you think the positives and negatives would be of having them?

Sounds good!

@Blinky@lemmy.ml
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35d

yay

I like reactions for group instant messaging, they can provide a snappy (or instant if you will) way to reply or non-textually signal agreement or disagreement.

However for online discussions, I prefer emphasizing active discussion rather than passive engagement. Voting is a good self-moderation feature that filters low-quality interactions and establishes community norms. As for reactions though, I struggle to see how they could contribute to community-building while avoiding a shallow experience that mirrors Facebook. In particular, I’ve seen lackluster Facebook Groups where posts draw many reactions and views but no comments. Anyway, someone wanted to leave a quick “reaction” on Lemmy, they can already do so by leaving a one-sentence comment.

I sympathize with the want to chase social media trends as Lemmy expands, but I don’t see much communal benefit in investing time to build a reactions feature.

If reactions were to be offered anyway, I wish it would be an optional part of the experience. A toggle for users to hide them or for instances to disable them would be appreciated. Reactions won’t make sense for every user, community, or instance.

Dessalines
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17d

Based on the feedback here, we’d def add a UI option to hide them.

This

All platforms seem to have them now, except they make theirs paid. Think about it: custom emojis linked to your instance that work cross-instances. And why stop there? Use all emojis from other instances that are federated to yours as well. All free, without limitations, for all users.

Argument 2: they’re just fun.

Argument 3: reactions can cut down on useless replies. Many forums have had a “thanks” system in place for years before it was popular and I think it helps cut down on “came here to say this” or “+1” replies. Scratches that itch of not being the first one to offer a solution.

It can become a virtual reward and punishment mechanism that feels like a dopamine sucker. Think of what likes and dislikes, or these reaction emojis did to Facebook posts.

@Thann@lemmy.ml
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77d

One possible implementation would be coalescing “single-glyph-responses” into a “reaction count” on the ui-layer. so instead of seeing several identical comments like: 👍, its visually more like slack, but on the backend its just a regular comment 🤔

riccardo
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As long as I can disabled them…

@greensand@lemmy.ml
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77d

What about using :) ;) ^^ -.- instead?

@Peter1986c@lemmy.ml
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6d

It would not be well-understood by Gen Z. :P

Millenials are the last gen (in the West) to have grown up with the old-school style of typing emoticons, I think. But that may be just my impression.

IngrownMink4
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17d

Sounds good for me :D

Maya
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57d

I do love them, but it’d be hard for them to not get real visually noisy. Also they’d need to be moddable (ex: racists using monkey emojis to harass). Also would they be anonymous the way vote counts are? I think they’re a really fun feature but need careful thought before UI incorporation. (ooh, maybe they’d make sense to keep pretty small and have in a similar position to where Reddit puts comment gilding?)

Dessalines
creator
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37d

For the UI, I was thinking they’d look similar to discord reactions, small, grouped, and at the bottom:

I was originally thinking anonymous, but I never thought of ppl using them for nefarious purposes…

@Thann@lemmy.ml
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17d

You haven’t been around people long enough =P

@daojones@lemmy.ml
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78d

I love them because it gives you a succinct way to reply without having to type out a response.

Not super necessary, imo. But custom emojis would be nice and they seem to draw more people to a platform.

mickie
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57d

🤩 please.

@M500@lemmy.ml
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16d

I’m in favor of them. It’s kind of like Reddit awards but without having to pay for them.

Maybe the community would have a kind of culture around them were 🦃 is like the best emoji you could give a post.

It wouldn’t really make any sense but it works still be part of the culture of this platform.

poVoq
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8d

I don’t think they are necessary per-se, but would be nice for cross-system federation, similar to how polls like in Mastodon aren’t really necessary in Lemmy, but would be still nice to have.

Tmpod
admin
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57d

I think they could be added, as long as they can be visually disabled in clients, for people that don’t want the clutter (or maybe neatly hide them away, while still being in reach if needed). Also, custom emojis for sure, even in text content.

Maya
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17d

Federating custom emojis is Quite A Thing, if I understand correctly

Tmpod
admin
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17d

Mmm, I suppose so. @dessalines@lemmy.ml how hard would you expect it to be?

Dessalines
creator
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27d

I have to look into how reactions work in activitypub before proceeding… if its an attachment that’s a just a picture url, then technically any picture would work.

Tmpod
admin
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26d

Gotcha

@gun@lemmy.ml
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16d

Mastodon already has custom emojis. I’m not sure how it works, but it would probably best to look at their approach.

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