I often read comments on here that I really like but I don't really have anything to add in reply...so I just move on to the next comment...but sometimes I'd love to just give some sort of sign that I read the person's comment and 'liked' it, or was 'in agreement' with it, or I 'support' them...
Without suggesting this should become like facebook (with a 'like' option) I just thought I'd mention it to you in case you thought of some option to leave a mark (like a 'thumbs up'?) on someone's post...or indeed just to see if you or anyone else felt the same? Of course it also may not be possible to have an option like that--I just thought I'd mention it!
Such a great forum Adam and there seems to be plenty of action on it--well done and thank you!
Una and Dani, I appreciate your feedback. I considered this early on, and though I do see the merits of such a feature, my fear is that this would become a significant distraction to the intent of the forum: a "safe space," without judgment, for sharing ideas and information.
It may be just my own insecurities speaking, but judgment seems inherent in the fact that one post is "liked" (or some other variation of approval) and another post is not. I'd really prefer for us not to start worrying about how many "likes" our posts are getting. I think such negative side effects could loom larger than the merits mentioned.
But I'm open to being persuaded. There may be a way to handle this effectively that I haven't yet considered.
Adam Beck is the founder of Bilingual Monkeys and The Bilingual Zoo, and the author of the popular non-fiction book Maximize Your Child's Bilingual Ability amzn.to/22XKuCt and the humorous novel How I Lost My Ear amzn.to/2EsjVRS, both available worldwide.
Hi Adam I completely understand where you are coming from and that had occurred to me too...it's a little sad (but nonetheless true) that sometimes when we are unsure of ourselves a lack of 'likes' can have an effect! Let me stew on it too and I will let you know if I come up with any other way of doing it...
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Amy: Right you are Mayken!
Mar 28, 2018 1:43:20 GMT 9
Marisa: Way to go, Mayken! That's the (bilingual) spirit
Mar 29, 2018 0:55:54 GMT 9
Kristin T.: Will check out your podcast interview on my next run!
Mar 30, 2018 23:24:37 GMT 9
Mayken: My daughter brought home her ml report card (she gets a separate one from the regular report card at her bilingual school), and it's straight A's! (Better than her marks in ML on the main report card.) I'm so proud!!!
Mar 31, 2018 6:10:44 GMT 9
Amy: Gratuliere (Congratulations) Mayken!!
Mar 31, 2018 16:54:17 GMT 9
Mayken: Thank you, Amy! As a reward, we allowed her to purchase a big item from her Christmas money--a Playmobil house, with which she now plays in ml!
Apr 4, 2018 3:37:31 GMT 9
Amy: Reward all the way round . Bilingual education can be a virtuous circle
Apr 4, 2018 5:26:18 GMT 9
Nellie: What great news, Mayken!
Apr 5, 2018 4:36:26 GMT 9
Raquel: I totally missed this. Congratulations, Mayken!! You have reason to be proud
Apr 10, 2018 20:08:02 GMT 9
Mayken: Thanks everyone! Today my daughter helped a classmate finish her ml homework just before school - all in ml. (My daughter had finished hers the day before at home.)
Apr 11, 2018 3:58:56 GMT 9
Raquel: I'm so sorry to hear about your mother's passing, Adam. She sounds like an amazing woman. Sending you a big hug from Madrid.
Apr 12, 2018 18:16:38 GMT 9
Marie: I am sorry to hear about your mother Adam. Thinking of you and your family.
Apr 13, 2018 4:25:21 GMT 9
Jana: What a beautiful tribute you wrote to your mother. Sending condolences from the SF Bay Area!
Apr 14, 2018 5:34:03 GMT 9
Kristin T.: I enjoyed reading your post about your mother. Those were some amazing photos to cherish forever. I am sorry for your loss. I know it's ever the more painful having been an expat so long. Take care & be kind to yourself.
Apr 16, 2018 2:24:35 GMT 9
Nellie: I'm so sorry to read about your mother Adam. She sounds like an incredible woman. Your friends across the world are thinking of you and your family!
Apr 17, 2018 0:50:25 GMT 9
Adam Beck: Thank you, everyone, for your warm expressions of sympathy on the loss of my mother. Your friendship and support has meant a lot to me at this challenging time.
Apr 17, 2018 7:44:14 GMT 9