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Question #92666 posted on 10/02/2019 10:11 p.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

Your introduction of the “like” button was an interesting change in the 100 Hour Board some time ago. I believe using a “dislike” button was talked about but rejected, for reasons known only to yourselves. My question is this, why not have a “like” button for good questions? That would allow both the writers and the readers to see which are the types of questions we like to see answered. Reader appreciation for good questions could be a good thing.

-That’s a good question


Dear you,

I agree that having a like button for questions would be awesome. People ask really amazing questions, and it would be great to give the askers a little pat on the back via green thumbs. However, given that a technological re haul of the Board is on hold indefinitely, it's unlikely that this feature will be introduced any time soon (sadly). 

As far as rejecting the idea for a dislike button, we actually did address that in a question. Basically our rejection boiled down to the fact that as we're a volunteer based organization, and being a writer can already be hard/emotionally draining at time, we didn't want to add any features that would only serve to demoralize us. It's hard enough when I pour hours of my life into writing a super in depth answer and it hardly gets any likes. It would be even worse to see all the dislikes. And if you make the argument that a dislike button would help us improve our answers, I strongly doubt that it would. All the button would reveal would be dissatisfaction; it would contain no specific feedback or critique, i.e. any information we could use to then improve. If readers do have specific feedback or critique on our answers, they are always welcome to reach out to us via our Board emails.