I will miss the “yay” and “neigh” buttons, they added personality, but hey, I can take arrows.
Seems like I’m a bit late for the initial discussion, but I must say that the changes very similar to those below (total instead of number yay/neight’s) feel wastly supperior. In my opinion at least.
The changes look like they give acess to all information people want as well as minimizing the space needed. The up/down arrow is a bit smaller,but I didn’t feel any added difficulty voting so I don’t anything wrong there either.Merging up and down votes into a total shouldn’t be a problem either as far as I see it. You can most of the time see the image roughly anyway. The only problem I can think of would be if there was a spoilered image with both huge up and downs and you would be a person that would like to see it, but then you could most likely judge if you want to see it by the amount of faves and comments.
Also thanks a lot to mods/admins/hosts/whatever for interacting with the site community and listening and stuff. It makes the site feel great even when you filter 20-30% of it.
At any rate, we experiment, we make changes, and we listen to feedback. On more than one occasion we’ve conducted site-wide polls to try and get feedback on what we’re doing and have taken action based on this feedback, even when it wasn’t what we personally had hoped for or wanted to do. We have been known to revert changes when they proved unpopular or didn’t have the effect we intended. Part of this change is an experiment to see whether or not it is effective at discouraging people from downvoting content they should be filtering (because as TSP observed, we do have a significantly sized group of users who mass-downvote content purely on the grounds that they hate a particular character or similar) - the intention of the voting system is that it is a measure of the quality of the content, not how many people hate a ship, and we want to see if this causes the system to be used in the way we had intended rather than in a way we consider an abuse of the design. We’ll get data and feedback and see if this actually works out or not.
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