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Hellooooooooo fair traveller!

I speak to you from the dark days before the world was enlightened, when men were men and women were legendary... When people posted a message and everyone gasped in wonder and amazement at this new electronic medium but no one could see or experience those reactions because there was no means to do so! A whole subculture of though and shared communities was denied us but no more!

Spin forward to 2020 and the world has moved on, communities can post a thought and get peoples reactions, emotions, amazement, you get the gist. The most common representation of these feeeeelings.... was an emoticon. A simple yet positve way for people to express their feeling about something. A way to share the love, the laughter, the sadness and  humanity of your community.

Yet here we are in 2022 with the most advanced increditble and amazing community software in the world today yet we are denied this simple avenue for human emotion ... in a community no less! I cannot fathom how such decisions are made so point me sir! to the most terrible and dangerous dragon that created such fear in the hearts of man and woman! I will leap onto my glorious steed, pull out my longsword and charge with a yell to slay thee for you all! 

Then with mead in hand, sit and drink with my friends from devcentral telling tales of time where emotion was not allowed, people were not permitted to express their appreciation and we can all laugh at a time so long in the past.... it became just another legend!


TL;DR version - Enable Reactions to Posts Please, if you don't know what I mean

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Community Manager

Thanks for the idea.
Looks like our PlatformProvider has this idea under consideration already - but it is over 1 year old.
I bumped it again to see where they stand.
Beyond the examples in the wild - like LinkedIN or Facebook, and I personally like the claps feature on Medium. And beyond the story to start this request prosaically implying that not having varied reaction types represents "being out of touch"...
What would having such a feature mean for you and your fellow members on DevCentral?

Before we chose to implement something like this on DevCentral I would consider many factors: what it does to the interface, maintenance, and measurement (do we care/do YOU care?).
Like, if we had subtle differences between reactions - including both positive and negative reactions - what does that mean?
Should we respond to a glut of reactions in any one place or any one style differently? and/or would you want to see a table of how many of each type of reaction you have overall? Do reactions tie into badges you get? change rank/permisison algorithms? and get included in off-platform notifications? Would it then help to filter and sort content by reaction?

Lastly - posts is a generic term - there are four discussion styles and somewhat-separate reaction concepts for each. If you are suggesting "reactions" anywhere/everywhere then...

  • Forum Posts (the biggie and probably what you mean...) have Threaded replies (which both have kudos)
     - What reactions make sense to you here?
  • Articles (#2 biggie) + Comment
     - What reactions make sense to you here?
  • Events + Comments
     - What reactions make sense to you here?
  • Suggestions + Comments
     - What reactions make sense to you here?