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Click “like” and make a difference

January 21, 2011 - Art Smith

This blog is about things to like, or dislike if you wish, on our site.

For the past several years readers have been able to comment on most of the stories that appear on The comments add a valuable, and sometimes very opinionated, dimension to the articles on our site. In the last three years readers have made more than 92,000 comments to the more than 25,000 stories that are on our site.

Last summer the site was overhauled and readers gained the ability to “like” or “dislike” comments left by others. The button serves a couple of purposes. It allows readers to voice their opinion about a comment without actually leaving another comment. It also allows readers to gauge if a comment is “off base” with what the general readership considers acceptable, or the norm.

The button took a while to catch on, but lately it appears to have become a very popular feature. Since last August readers have clicked “like” or “dislike” more thand 44,000 times on our site, including more than 5,000 times in the past week.

To “like” a comment you have to be logged in as a registered user. Registration is free and you can register by clicking on the “Create an Account” button at the top of the page. You can only "like" or "dislike" a comment once.

There is also an entirely different “like” button associated with our site. Our Facebook page, which also has a link at the top of the page, has a “like” button as well. 

Clicking on the "like" button will allow us to deliver a few headlines a day to the news feed on Facebook, which means that in addition to learning the latest antics of your high school classmates, you will get a few links to news of a little broader appeal.

So far, more than 900 people have click “like” and now get the daily updates.

No matter what “like” buttons you like to like, we hope you like the additional features on our site.


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