I will go with #1 but I am also fine if you stick with the usual format here.
I usually run out of likes on game days more often though and I rarely check someone elses reputation points nor do I care much about any individual's numbers as a whole, some extremely good posters have a lower number of overall likes then they might deserve. But, I do think at times it can look like a popularity contest with the likes but that's going to happen due to people agreeing with their friends opinions more then others. I am guilty of it myself too.
If you had unlimited likes perhaps people might be more willing to use likes more freely then to just save them for certain people they normally agree with too. Just a thought..........
Once again, I am fine either way. Of course you can go back the next day and like a post if you run out, but often you forget and the thread sometimes moves on.
I just absolutely hate the dislike button though and that way. I have posted on another teams forum at times (and not trolling at all) that uses that format and sometimes someone will just dislike your posts for fun. I would be afraid a dislike button might hurt fans of other teams from feeling as welcome here during the season.
In all honesty I liked the old days the best on Colts forums and here. You know the dark ages. Like 2005-2008 lol. No likes, no dislikes. Just posts. And you had discussions that were really really good since someone could not like a post in agreement. They replied back with a response at all times. I know that won't happen and we won't go back to the old ways but I liked that way the best. If anyone remembers before this forum originally switched over in....2009 or 2010 I had 20,000+ posts. The most here. I think we just talked more then? I don't know... I feel like we all responded a lot to each other back then.
2......your profile showing a lot of likes here is like sitting at the cool table in the cafeteria of the mentally insane.
I would not go back to thumbs down or negative points. It created far too much drama here.
People take offense when they are 'disliked' and it just makes them want to 'dislike' the person back..........and blah blah blah sometimes escalating to report wars and exacerbating 'issues' between site members.
I never look at the reputation points because for me they are more an indicator of how active you are here and how many friends you have than they are a reflection of your posting reputation as compared with everyone else.
On divisive topics, people 'like' the posts that they agree with.........and that's enough making those issues worse I think.
For me, the feedback you get when someone 'likes' your post via the notification panel is the most useful. It is nice to know that someone read your post and it is even better to know that they liked it.
I find that more meaningful than the reputation number on pages.
I also really value the ability to like posts. Sometimes when I read through a thread, every single person posting to it just cracks me up and I like every single one of them.
The number of likes any individual post gets can get it a 'star' and I really think that works well and is usually really well deserved.
for example see here: http://forums.colts....?/best-content/
Star shows with the post: http://forums.colts....-wanted-to-say/
One more thing........the like button can be used in place of a reply that is not really needed such as 'good post' or 'thanks' people don't like those type of posts and if they had unlimited likes we could suggest that they use that feature rather than cluttering the board with posts that annoy people.
And I believe that some people do that for the purpose of driving up their post count......or at least others perceive it that way.
In that regard, post count is similar to reputation points
In summary, I'd remove the reputation points on profile pages because people can get notified of likes via the notification panel
I'd lift restrictions on the number of likes
Sounds like I'm in the minority though. Feels like most favor keeping it the way it is
I agree with Jules. A dislike button puts people on the defensive & could turn people away from the site for a perceived slight against an individual that they did not originally propose. Why do you dislike the post? Flawed reasoning? A flawed thesis? A flawed conclusion? This is what sparks the best debates when 2 or more people approach the same subject from an entirely different vantage point. An all encompassing dislike button tells a person nothing. It gives you no context or frame of reference.
Cool table for the mentally insane eh WH...Just don't mix up the medications or who knows what will happen to the actual table. Just Kidding!!!
Positive feedback is always pleasant to receive. It's nice to be well respected by your cyberspace peers, especially when they tolerate my sarcastic banter & musical tendencies. Thank you all for that. I can be stubborn. I can be funny. I can be wrong. But, when I'm wrong I try to admit it. I try to make people feel welcome & I am loyal to my friends. I think I just described a family pet. Okay, but I draw the line at fetching sticks.