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    FWIW... Forums crosslinked

    Clicking on any of the C, C++ or C# forums is going to land you in the C++ forum... at least until the fix the glitch.
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    Yep they got crosslinked somehow. Did you notify the webmaster? If not I will do so.

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    Either that, or someone has decided that C doesn't need a different forum from C++.

    In any event, I've shot a personal message to the webmaster, pointing out the concern.
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    Hehe. True. But the C# forum is also crosslinked to C++.

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    Whoops, a recent software update broke the links. It should be fixed now.

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    Egg Salad... Er... I mean Excellent!

    Of course, now it will take 3 months to get everyone to move back over to the other groups....
    Last edited by CommonTater; 03-12-2011 at 04:08 PM.

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    That should be
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    I'm guessing it had to do with the new "Like|Share" buttons. Which I have yet to use. I'm hoping it keeps track of all the posts I like, so I can revisit them. Sorta like bookmarks, but better centralized, IMO.

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    It's like getting rep, but more public.

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    It's like getting rep, but more public.
    Great. We all know how well that worked out. At least we don't have green and red candy anymore and although it was sort of a cool feature it had the potential to be abused. At least the like does not have a corresponding dislike.

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    I saw three basic problems with the reputation system:

    1) Reputation was per-person, rather than per-post
    2) Reputation could be negative as well as positive
    3) Reputation was anonymous

    Together, these make a pretty perfect storm for creating negative experiences. The likes feature is almost completely opposite:

    1) Likes are per-post, not per person
    2) Like are only positive feedback
    3) Likes are not anonymous

    I'm certainly interested in how this is used, but I think it has far less potential for abuse than reputation did.

    EDIT: By the way, your user profile page shows what content you have liked (which is a nice bookmarking system similar to what User Name: was hoping for).

    I did just notice that on the user profile page, you can also see the total number of likes someone has received and clicking on it shows you the specific posts (which is pretty neat). Fortunately, unlike reputation it doesn't show up next to your username unless someone actually navigates to the user profile (where it's still only a small element of the profile...).

    EDIT 2: This reminds me that, IIRC, another difference between "likes" and reptuation is that the reputation system was easy to abuse as a means of sending short, mean-spirited notes anonymously. Likes do not have that property.
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