Heavens to Tennant, readers. When you don’t like something, you go all out. I’ve been pointed towards discussions all over the World Wide Web where people are upset about being able to give comments a thumbs-up or some stars. As promised, we’re here to listen to your concerns and explain what it is we were trying to do.
First and foremost, it is not a star system just like Other Ladyblog. We think each one of you is just as worthy as another. I don’t have a triple secret confidential notebook where I record how many stars everyone has for their comments. (I do have a triple secret confidential notebook filled with odes to David Tennant. Oh, that fate or a Google alert would bring David Tennant to our ladyblog.) I’d say 99% of the time, over the weekend while we were trying it out, people used it as a tool for good, and only to give positive feedback. One comment, which ended up being a joke not really built for print, got a few low ratings. I’ve made more than a few comments in my day that would have benefited from a little more thought before I hit submit; I think a quiet rating creates a lot less of a kerfluffle than bringing in the Mod Squad or the Ban Cannon of Justice.
Is there the potential to be a raging asshole with the ratings? Sure, but nobody was. Even when the complaints started spreading, no one tried to prove a point by being a tool. Like it or not, you’re good people. You care about your fellow people and you like hearing what they have to say. This is why we can have nice things; you know how to play with them responsibly. I’ve never seen a group on the Internet that could even vehemently disagree with each other with respect and kindness the way our little community does.
So all of that gets us to this: I put in the thumbs ‘n’ stars plug-in after getting several requests for a way to give positive feedback to comments and a return of the “like” button we had on Persephone 1.0 for posts. That particular plug-in isn’t compatible with our current version of WordPress, so I chose this alternative. One of the benefits, my well-meaning agitated ones, is that it is tweakable. With the current config, I took out the thumbs-down, because that’s solely an asshole button. I can configure the plug-in to display any combination of stars and thumbs for posts or comments. So these are the options:
A: Thumbs-up/thumbs-down; five-star rating for comments/ten-star rating for posts
B: Thumbs-up only; stars for comments and posts
C: Thumbs-up only for comments; stars and thumbs for posts
D: Nothing for comments; stars and/or thumbs on posts.
E: Trashing the whole system.
Please to leave your choice, and if you don’t mind, a reason for why you want it that way. We’ll discuss it as a staff and make a decision.
The other point of contention from the weekend was the Comment of the Week thread, where both the comments and the star rating (is that irony?) showed that some of you are really not fond of that feature. If you all really don’t like it, we’ll kill it. It was a blast reading all the comments from last week, but it also took me five hours. I can make use of those five hours, so it’s no skin off my back if you don’t want it. If you’re voting “no,” though, I’m gonna make you work for it and offer me a suggestion of what I can run in its place. Muahahahaha.
There’s always the possibility of the Weekly Kitten.
Also, a gentle reminder that Persephone brings you 95 pieces (give or take) of fresh, original content per week by an entirely volunteer staff. There are no ads on our pages. Being an Amazon affiliate has made us 97 cents. We pay each other in pep talks and emails about historical porn. We do all the care and feeding of the server, we manage all the tech issues, we do all our own promotion, we write/edit a shit-ton of words every week and we keep you entertained with our witty banter in the comments. We’re as busy as a ladyblog beehive over here. There’s no guarantee we’re going to see your complaints if they’re in spaces we don’t visit regularly. If you’ve got an issue you’d like resolved, there are at least six ways you can track us down where you can be sure we’re going to see it. We can’t fix what we don’t know is broken. At least until our superpowers kick in.