Did You Notice Facebook Is Letting You Upvote or Downvote People’s Comments Now?
For years now, Facebook users have been demanding a dislike button. Well, we still haven't gotten one, but we have gotten something else that actually made me laugh when I saw it.
If you're in any Facebook groups, you may have noticed people upvoting or downvoting your comments. Yes, Facebook has looked at Reddit's paper and copied their work. They're over a decade behind, but hey, better late than never?
I first noticed it this morning when a dumb joke I'd made in a group started getting upvotes. At first I thought it was just getting likes, but nope - folks were amused by my dad humor (I'm not even a dad) and rewarding me. Fun times.
If you want to try it out, go to one of your Facebook groups, find a post, and check out the comments section. To the left of the Like button, you should see a new icon with up and down arrows.
When you click the arrows, you'll be asked if the user's comment is valuable to the group. If someone votes on your comment, you can see how many Yes and No votes you got. You can even vote for yourself because this is America, dang it.
It's not the first time Facebook has experimented with a comment voting system. They've actually rolled it out a couple of times, but the suddenly yanked it away without notice. It makes you wonder why they're bringing it back now.
I guess it's a decent way of making sure you only see quality comments in theory, but imagine being a group admin dealing with the constant complaints from people saying their comments are being unfairly downvoted due to petty or political reasons, especially when you know some of the complainers may actually have a valid point.
By the way, I'm sure commenting was turned off in that thread for this exact reason. What a time to be alive.