I don’t see the harm in having them. It’s just keeping up with trends on other social platforms. I think the newer generation expects more ways to express reactions. It certainly is pretty unobtrusive, so easy to ignore for those who don’t find any value in it.
I think all the available reactions should be different ways to indicate “I like this post.” This is because, to get to these reactions, we must first click the button. The tool-tip for the heart button is “Like this post.”
With this approach, I’d know that a bunch of reaction icons means that post was liked, at a glance. I wouldn’t need to study each indvidual icon.
The Fedora Logo and❓don’t fit this pattern. They don’t mean “I like this post.”
I presume means “I have a question about this post,” but that’s better handled by posting the actual question as a reply.
I’m borderline on the Eureka.
Maybe add rocket . Maybe add eyes — meaning watching with interest.
Yeah, I definitely did not want to have downvote or negative options.
I disagree about the logo — I think it basically in this context means “yay Fedora!”. But I see your point about the question mark.
It still kind of feels useful as a non-mean way to express that you’ve got questions about a topic or reply (or don’t understand it or otherwise think it’s unclear) … but maybe it’s not a good idea. What does everyone else think?
Ooh, rocket is good.
But as the parent of two Gen-Z teenagers, those eyes might mean “this post says some weird or bad thing and I am staying away from it and casting side-eye in its direction.”
@mattdm OK, I’m in for the Fedora Logo reaction now. Regarding eyes, I know github has eyes as one of the available eight reaction icons on their issues, but I may have been wrong when I guessed its meaning — perhaps it depends on the norms of the particular social network.
I don’t think it’s so much wrong as just… meanings and connotations change. I can definitely see the way those particular eyes look a little skeptical, at least as rendered in a lot of emoji sets, and maybe even changing norms. I mean, look at the use of as explained in this article. That’s what lead me to make the :classic_smiley: option here. No one can take that away from us, right? :classic_smiley: