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.
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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: Bless!! how cute is that!!! Reminds me of a similar thing that happened with my youngest when she was 18 months: she said the sound right for every animal but the cow. She kept answering "Lola" because of a famous Spanish nursery rhyme about a cow!
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Adam Beck: Lovely, Amy! Good for you, and good for her! P.S. I like hippos.
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Alba: So funny, Amy! Great to hear I love the word Hypo, every child says it different! My son did something similar when he say "This tocotó", he calls horses "tocotó" based on the noise they made when trotting (tocotó, iiii (neigh)-ok, for a Spanish ear)
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Amy: Cheer Alba and Adam Beck! . I love these "baby" words. They are so cute. I like the "This tocotó" another example of state of the art Spanglish <3
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