How about a "Not Recommend" button?
Y'know, sort of the opposite of the current "Recommend" button?
This might be a nice way of allowing people to let off steam on posts that they disagree with without actually posting something (vitriolic?) that only serves to elevate the level of animosity while detracting from the Chowish-ness and/or topical-ness of the original post.
Not so sure the same rationale applies here.
For Facebook as far as I understand the absence of a "dislike" button is to avoid fostering negativity.
Here by contrast a "Not Recommend" button would hopefully have just the opposite effect, and actually mitigate outright negativity amongst the community.
But whatever. It was just a thought.
(By the way, there is an "unlike" button already on Facebook but its purpose is different from a "Not Recommend" button as suggested here)
Applied in the same manner as the Recommend button would lead to not recommending a restaurant, recipe, tip, CH's opinion and poll vote without having to explain any detail about why.
Thankfully CH's can't resist a healthy debate.
And the ability to just move past material that doesn't interest us isn't simple enough, mcf? Sure it is.
Ignore buttons would be just as unkind. Don't we write OP's and contribute to a thread to be part of the community conversation? Who joins CH to be ignored?
And, even with the best of intentions, 2,000+ threads daily on the Home Cooking board alone, most of the threads I'm missing out on because of time limitations.
Controversy and Chowhound will forever go together though, it's just nature.
I agree that the best thing is to just move on by and not engage in contentiousness. But an ignore button is useful in the case of those who, say, follow one around to make antagonistic or personal commentary, or who are pervasively negative, or whose posts are not ever of interest to me, so there's less to attend to when logging on. It's also useful in avoiding responding due to inevitable irritation, to those who get under your skin.
The reason I prefer "ignore" to like or dislike is that you do it privately; no one sees your implementation of it or is going to know who you're ignoring. I certainly wouldn't expect to see a list like "who I'm NOT reading!"
I often use ignore or kill files in other discussion sites just to avoid the massive volume and to focus on the posters I know will interest me, it's not necessarily dislike, it cuts down on the noise.
Points taken. Of course contacting Moderation (where anyone reading along hits the Flag button ) can help in extreme cases. But just ignoring, by not responding at all, seemed to address what you're calling:
follow one around to make antagonistic or personal commentary, or who are pervasively negative, or whose posts are not every of interest.
I don't profess to have the answers by any means and our individual community usage and experience vary greatly.
good talking to YOU, mcf!
Many comments sections have
+^ and -v
next to the comment so readers who are logged in can "Promote" or "Demote" a specific comment.
A subset of those comments sections also have an auto-hide function so comments with too many "-" are automatically hidden but users can choose to show them.
However, this would probably require Chow to change the entire system that is used for Chowhound itself.
KB now in NoVA