New Feature: Like

Posted by ISO50

Just a quick note on a new feature we’ve added to the site. You may have noticed that little heart icon and number at the bottom right of each post. It’s pretty self-explanatory, if you enjoy a post just click the heart button and it will bump the number up. We tested on most of the major browsers, but let us know if you have any issues or suggestions.

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Michael Biven says:

December 19, 2010 at 11:34 am

Looks like you might have some caching issues. If you reload the page after clicking the heart, it goes back to the original number of likes. It does this in Safari 5.0.3 and Firefox 3.6.13 for me.


Ivan says:

December 19, 2010 at 12:22 pm

to be completely honest some people, like me are too lazy to write a comment, this is why they prefer a “like” option.

This is why I support this upgrade one hundred percent.




Scott says:

December 19, 2010 at 2:01 pm

The idea was to have another metric to gauge post popularity. Not everyone is going to take the time to comment, but like Ivan said, this makes it easier to show appreciation. I don’t know that we will use the data for any specific purpose, but it will be a good way to get feedback from everyone and know the kind of stuff people are enjoying.

yeah, we use a caching system which is probably interfering with the refresh. It doesn’t effect the true results though, if you were to come back after the page refresh timeout was up, you would see the true number. I think there is a way to exempt an element from caching, just need to set it up for this. thanks for the heads up.

Also on a side note, the system only caches for anonymous users, if you create an account and login you will not see cached pages. Of course, the site will resopnd considerably slower (the point of the caching is to speed up the site response time), but you will be seeing the absolutely latest data (the cache timeout is 300 seconds I believe so you could just wait that long and you should see refreshed data.


Scott says:

December 20, 2010 at 2:38 am

yeah, that will come along eventually, but right now it’s a sort of meaningless since the feature hasn’t been around long enough to have many posts in the running.


zx says:

December 30, 2010 at 2:38 am

A different question then. Why not Facebook like button? It’s not that nice looking, but it is used for other purposes except just numbers. Still, just curious.