Amsel_ wrote:Why should you be teaching anybody? It is unhealthy to cause a split between conscious and unconscious desires. If we can avoid injecting popularity into every single post then we have no need to train anybody! This is a social game because people will be able to gauge a post's worth based on the amount of people who agree versus the amount who disagree, instead of judging a post based on its actual merit. I prefer a system which encourages trying to make a good post rather than trying to win observers over to your side.
That split exists per definition. I don't see what's wrong with teaching people (And I don't mean this in a universal education kind of way, just parents teaching children for example) to think about whether you do something for your own reasons, or for someone elses reasons. You can leave subconsciousness out of it, because nobody really understands how it works.
It's not the like or dislike button that injects popularity into a post. The fact that people perceive this in a post, and attach value to it, is something that precedes the like/dislike button, even though such a button may worsen said effect. It's the creation of a mind that's addicted to attention and validation from other people that creates such a feature, such a mind isn't the result of such a feature, as is shown by the fact that similar social processes predated the like/dislike button, social media, or just in fact, the whole internet.
If it is a social game, it's a social game that has existed for millennia. The like/dislike button is merely another way for humans to measure prestige and standing in a social group. We can argue about whether it's a social game because it's our "natural behaviour" or whether it has to do with the way human culture has evolved over time (Nietzsche's POV) or perhaps it's a mix between the two (most likely, in my opinion).
I said earlier that people can brush off the absence of likes easily. It's much harder to rationalize you being heavily down voted, and the person you're talking with getting heavily up voted. A lone like button will only serve as positive encouragement. It also seems more uncommon for someone to reply to a post to give further arguments in favor of it than it is for someone to reply to a post to argue against it. A like button might technically remove some discussion, but it is negligible in comparison to a dislike button.
Maybe it makes things more extreme with a dislike button, but it's a matter of degree, the principle pretty much stays the same. However, there are simply no facts brought forward by you to make your final claim anything else than conjecture on your part. Which was my initial point all along. You seem to think that a dislike button suddenly changes the entire "social game" even though it's merely a quite obvious extension of the rules that were already in place. Whether it is necessary? I don't think so. But there's no need to be overly dramatic about it.
I don't see why you would be okay with changing things in a way that would make people act differently, then try to "teach" people not to act like that. It seems a lot easier to just not change things. Just the fact that you're even bringing up teaching people not to act how they naturally will act also contradicts your statement that "It's merely your opinion of how people should behave." You wouldn't be suggesting a cure if you didn't see some sort of problem.
Because I don't think that a dislike button will make people act differently in any relevant understanding of that word. The type of person who is affected by such a feature is already affected by the mindset that makes him/her susceptible to it. If a like/dislike button does anything, it's merely highlight the disposition towards certain behaviour that was already present in that person, and which perhaps manifested itself in similar or different ways in other situations (Think of ELO, many people react in the same way to ELO as you describe they would react to likes/dislikes). For example, before the like/dislike button, such a person may have taken the amount of discussion garnered in response to his posts as a badge of honor, instead of counting the likes. I agree that such a system may make it easier, or even more extreme, but again, that's a matter of degree. Removing the like/dislike system merely treats the symptoms of a mind or a society that's more interested in appearance than substance, it doesn't actually fix it. What I propose hopefully fixes, or at least, reduces such fixation.
I think it's good that people are getting an inaccurate representation of a post's popularity. It adds variety. It forces people to talk things out further in order to get to the bottom of it. With a blatant like/dislike system people will quickly find out where the majority stands, and will naturally factor that in to their own posting habits.
like/dislike buttons ARE NOT a an accurate representation of a post's popularity anyway. If you can't understand this, then the fault is with you, not the like/dislike system. We're opposed in this because you seem to think there's something wrong with the tools we use, while I think there's something wrong with how we use the tools, or rather how we regard the tools we use.
What's not to understand? Someone gets a message saying "I like your post" and they are encouraged to do that thing more. Someone gets a message saying "I don't like your post" and they are encouraged to not do that thing as much. This is naturally going to corral people into mostly posting things that will get them their positive stimuli without the risk of a negative stimuli.
Merely the I like your post is enough to corral people into doing that will get them positive response. In fact, if you want to get people to do what you want, negative stimuli are often ineffective and even counter productive. It's the entire foundation of modern education. We teach children in school almost solely by using positive feedback. And the results are that children will perceive that lack of positive reaction, while OTHER children (and that's the crux) do receive positive reaction, as a negative feedback. It works pretty much the same in adults, except that we seldom use only positive feedback. But in any case, if everyone around you get's promoted (positive feedback) you're eventually going to feel the lack of promotion (neutral feedback) as a negative feedback (which would initially have been something like getting fired or demoted).
In any case, it's not the like/dislike button which is the root cause of society's obsession with appearance. If there is a cultural cause, then it lies way in the past, and it has been reinforced and spiraled into more extreme forms over time because an obsessed mind creates structures that makes it easier to fixate obsession which in turn worsens obsession. Removing the structure itself won't be enough to cure the mind of obsession, it might help temporarily, but unless you teach coping mechanisms, then it's just going to relapse in some other form.