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Likes in the writing contest
« on: June 28, 2015, 05:34:14 PM »
We talked a lot about it in different threads and I think everybody who cares and/or is involved knows the different positions.

I left out the "I don't care" option intentionally since it's not productive in this case.

The poll runs for a fortnight and I won't change anything back if the result is a close one.

You can use this thread to convince others of your opinion and to discuss it.

Have fun. :)
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Re: Likes in the writing contest
« Reply #1 on: June 28, 2015, 05:35:28 PM »
I prefer you bring back the smite system  ;)
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Re: Likes in the writing contest
« Reply #2 on: June 28, 2015, 05:38:21 PM »
I prefer you bring back the smite system  ;)
Ditto, but that's not an option here. ;)
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Re: Likes in the writing contest
« Reply #3 on: June 28, 2015, 05:39:41 PM »
I prefer you bring back the smite system  ;)
Ditto, but that's not an option here. ;)

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Re: Likes in the writing contest
« Reply #4 on: June 28, 2015, 05:45:42 PM »
*Smug face* I'm a little concerned that being able to see the poll results and then still having the ability to change your vote, might sway the voting. */end smug face*


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Re: Likes in the writing contest
« Reply #5 on: June 28, 2015, 05:45:55 PM »
My opinion:

I voted 'no' because whether I like it or not (unintended pun hehe), seeing how many likes there are in a story gives some sort of expectation (high or low), before I read it.
The fact that the stories are all compressed inside the spoiler tags makes it hard to miss; if they were only at the end I wouldn't mind, because I would only see them after reading the story.

I'm a little concerned that being able to see the poll results and then still having the ability to change your vote, might sway the voting.
Oh Justan, we're not voting for that! The votes will always be secret, it's the little 'like' button at the end of normal posts that some people want to use.
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Re: Likes in the writing contest
« Reply #6 on: June 28, 2015, 05:51:17 PM »
I'm a little concerned that being able to see the poll results and then still having the ability to change your vote, might sway the voting.
Oh Justan, we're not voting for that! The votes will always be secret, it's the little 'like' button at the end of normal posts that some people want to use.

I'm referring to this specific poll haha. I was attempting to extend the 'like' button argument to the fact we can see the poll results, then change our vote. As I said, don't mind me. Just making ineffectual jokes over here.

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Re: Likes in the writing contest
« Reply #7 on: June 28, 2015, 05:52:03 PM »
Oh oops sorry for the confusion :-[
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Re: Likes in the writing contest
« Reply #8 on: June 28, 2015, 05:53:42 PM »
Oh oops sorry for the confusion :-[

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Re: Likes in the writing contest
« Reply #9 on: June 28, 2015, 05:59:20 PM »
I'm not really bothered either way, but I voted yes. For me there are no real downsides, and it was nice to see people appreciating the stories that way too.
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Re: Likes in the writing contest
« Reply #10 on: June 28, 2015, 06:04:11 PM »
Obviously, I'm voting yes. For me, it's a good way to keep interested in the contest even during the deader periods in the month where there aren't any new entries being added or there isn't much of a discussion going on in the discussion thread. In addition, I think likes measure a very different kind of popularity than votes do, since there's no limit on how many you can give, so you just end up giving them to ones you like, even if you wouldn't necessarily vote for them.

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Re: Likes in the writing contest
« Reply #11 on: June 28, 2015, 06:07:41 PM »
*Smug face* I'm a little concerned that being able to see the poll results and then still having the ability to change your vote, might sway the voting. */end smug face*


Sorry... don't mind me. I tend to agree with the no crowd, but I like being a smart ass.
That was intentional.
If people are discussing it, there should be the option to change your view point and your vote. :)
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Re: Likes in the writing contest
« Reply #12 on: June 28, 2015, 06:10:46 PM »
I've decided I like fun more than I worry about influencing the vote.   ;D
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Re: Likes in the writing contest
« Reply #13 on: June 29, 2015, 02:08:07 AM »
I just posted my own argument about my own rogue-month story in the voting thread of the fairytales.

End of the day, I was one of the most liked story, but in the lest voted half of the submissions.
In my opinion that kind of thing happens when people like a story alright, "woo, i liked that *like* but hum, not very on topic" and at the end of the day, other stories are better/more on topic, and the votes go somewhere else.

We're all rational adults suffering very little influence, all behind our computer, with all the time we need to make up our mind. Personally I remember an April story that got me wondering what people were up to, because I didn't like it, and it got lots of like. I find that interesting, being able to see what "many" think, opposed to my own taste and judgement, as the month go, rather than at the very end.

Also for the argument that some stories get little likes and it's harsh/sad, I don't see the point. A bad or poorly written piece is not going to get pity votes either, so it's going to be just as sad at the end of the month for the writter, but we have a critique thread, a critique forum and a helping community. We're here to help each other out improve, so what if one of us gets moppy because they didn't seduce the crowds? Learn from it and work to get better next time.
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Re: Likes in the writing contest
« Reply #14 on: June 29, 2015, 03:14:14 AM »
I voted no, but then again I still would prefer that the submissions remain anonymous.
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