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May 10, 2019 10:18:47

I don't like the new emoji reactions on 200 WaD

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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.

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    @twizzle @nicksimard @jasonleow Thanks for all of your kind and detailed replies. There is no absolute answer and it's fine to have neither feedback nor reaction after publishing. Put simply, writing feedback should always be a priority and emoji reaction should not be abused.
    Btw, having chance to have a discussion here is another proof of the importance of feedback, isn't it?

    5plus6 avatar 5plus6 | May 10, 2019 22:05:53
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      @5plus6 it's great that you don't need feedback nor reaction after publishing. :) I would like it, but different strokes for different folks I guess? But agree with you that the emoji reaction shouldn't be abused. If it stays, it should lead to more discussion as a priority, not less. And definitely enjoying the discussion here, so thanks for starting it ;D

      Jason Leow avatar Jason Leow | May 10, 2019 22:15:59
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    @5plus6 The ability to "clap" or "like" or "react" to someone else's post was something that I felt was missing from 200wad when I first joined. Now it is here, I am not sure I will use it much. I would rather be able to see some sort of analytics about post views.
    However, these things do detract from what is the core experience of writing and communicating with people. We should be writing for the experience of writing, not for some vanity metrics.

    Twizzle avatar Twizzle | May 10, 2019 10:20:56
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    @5plus6 Maybe a happy middle ground would be that in order to use one of those reactions you'd still have to leave a short comment. Nothing necessarily profound, but something that can enhance and build upon the reaction you chose.

    So if I were to use the "Feels" reaction, I could say something as simple as "This was beautiful and really hit home for me".

    I dunno, just a thought. I totally see your point, though, about how just about every "social" site has something like these reactions and often times it kills true engagement. Hopefully, people will use them responsibly :)

    As Jason mentioned, sometimes it's nice to know that someone read what you wrote, and though they didn't have anything to add they at least wanted to show their appreciation and offer some encouragement.

    Nick Simard avatar Nick Simard | May 09, 2019 22:34:15
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    @5plus6 yeah I remember the initial discussions the community had on Slack and here, that having reaction buttons might reduce comments. Though for me, I see it as a response that's in between not commenting at all and having to type a comment. Very often I might read a post, like it but didn't have anything to say or add to it. So in those cases, a reaction allows me to convey my appreciation to the author rather than not leaving any comment at all. But you might be right, and if it does reduce overall commenting, i'd rather not have it too. :)

    Jason Leow avatar Jason Leow | May 10, 2019 13:10:59
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