When I opened 200 WaD to read posts today, glad to find below every post there is a small button that you could choose one of four pre-defined emotions as your reaction, kind of like Facebook.
I think it's an thoughtful improvement for saving time though I have to say I don't like it all.
The only way of reaction on 200WaD, writing down your thoughts as feedback, is one of the most important reasons I have improved my writing in English as well as self-disciplne over the past two months against years of hard but effortless work before. By this way, the communications on 200 WaD community are effective and serious forcing you to think clear to write down other than simply click a button driven by sentimental feelings. Plus, there are hundreds of Twitter likes, Reddit upvotes, Medium claps without comments,interactions and even not finishing reading on my social medias as an undisciplined person.
But I changed when I met 200WaD. Every day, opening 200wordsaday.com means a chance to organize and express my own thoughts either by my post or by my replies. And I know others are the same. It makes me feel safe to write while responsible for what I have written. And I know others are the same, too.
I know the emoji reaction doesn't replace with the comment, still don't like it because I fear I would let emoji buttons control myself again.