Amadan's picture

"Like" button for photos and/or comments?

The superb Chaffinches recently posted are a case in point, but whether or not I think I know what the subject is; often I want to record the fact that I find photo, or the activity it shows (behaviour, f'rinstance), remarkable.
Rather than adding a separate comment along the lines of "great picture", could we have a link to click on to simply praise the photo?
In a similar manner, could the observer who added a post have a "thanks" link to note our appreciation of people who add or correct identifications?



Masked Marvel's picture

For Observations

Maybe the 'like' button should apply to the whole observation. It could be used to highlight particularly interesting observations of rarely encountered species, or unusual variations.

Amadan's picture

Not a bad idea -

I should have added that the "Like" tag should be visible to all - either on the observation "front page", or perhaps as a filter option - so that people who might otherwise miss it (by filtering, for example) could see that there was an interesting post that would merit a look.
The "thanks" tag need only be visible to the person being thanked for the identification or comment.

Eskling's picture

Like :)

Like :)

Rachy Ramone's picture

But, but, but...

... it all contributes to make viewing and nagivating the site slower.

As an example, I have just gone through the Forums as usual, to check for anything new: this thread had a new comment added to it.

"Oh good!" I thought.

But when I opened the thread, and scrolled patiently all the way down, all I got was Eskling's smiley face.

Nothing personal against your smiley face, Eskling! But I already spend/waste enough time checking My Spot Changes, as there does not seem to be a way to make the filters work the way I want them to.

[Instead of only seeing the changes which I want (ie more comments) I get a notification when anyone Agrees with an Obs on which I have made a comment. But I don't "care" about additional agreements, I only want to see additional comments.]

I wonder if, in a similar way, what you are suggesting will just clutter up our viewing even further?

At present, I feel at perfect liberty to add the occasional comment about the beauty of a photo, or the very thorough presentation of an Obs, so I don't feel the need for a "like" button, which (to me) is far too close to FakeBleurk etc.

But it's interesting to read other comments on the subject.

Rachy Ramone

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Eskling's picture


My 'like'/smiley face was merely indicating agreement with Amadan's comment. I suppose I could have written something like 'I agree entirely with your comment' but it seemed appropriate to the topic to just say 'like'. I had already made comments under a similar but separate thread and also wanted to acknowledge (to Amadan) that I had read his/her comments.

Matt Smith's picture


Pretty sure this has come up before.

My opinion - NO - not needed on iSpot - save all that for Facebook or Twitter.

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dejayM's picture

Invite a friend? NO!

Goodness - see here

I agree with Matt - please do not put in Social Networking features.
If you like a post, a photo or a comment then say so (and why) in a comment.

Tony Rebelo's picture

But an "exemplar"

Whereas I agree with not wanting "likes"

I should love an exemplar button, available only to Experts and Knowledgeable, to be available for exceptional sightings. These observations should then be elevated to the tops of listings of a species in the dictionary views.

Exemplars should be for exceptional details in photographs, showing diagnostic features; good descriptions and notes on morphology, ecology, behaviour or some other feature - the sort of thing that makes the observation worthy of notice to anyone interested in the species.

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dejayM's picture


Please, no more Buttons.
And exemplary remarks are not just for experts. If you are an expert and you consider a post an exemplar then say so, in a comment - please.
I am NO experts but I used the word exemplar last week, purely personally of course; see
It would be maddening to see Exemplar scores given blindly (you know, without saying WHY).
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Tony Rebelo's picture

comments wont work

We need a system that will use the exemplars to post at the top of lists of species viewed (e.g. in dictionary mode - ) - so that the most useful observations (in terms of pictures, content, key features, descriptions, etc.) show on top.