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Should Dhamma Wheel add Like buttons?

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Like button - Poll

Post by Will » Thu Oct 05, 2017 1:18 am

Not as serious a poll as I would Like. :zzz:

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Re: Like button - Poll

Post by SarathW » Thu Oct 05, 2017 1:28 am

I voted "no" as this practice promote self view.
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Re: Like button - Poll

Post by Aloka » Thu Oct 05, 2017 9:18 am

A "no" from me - because a Dhamma group doesn't need to imitate social media sites in order to have intelligent, discussions between its members.


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Re: Like button - Poll

Post by Mkoll » Thu Oct 05, 2017 9:29 am

There are different ways to implement one with the main difference being able to dislike as well. For example, on Sutta Central one you only like but on a place like Reddit you can upvote and also downvote. The former would be a better implementation for this kind of board.
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Re: Like button - Poll

Post by Aloka » Thu Oct 05, 2017 9:40 am

I read Sutta Central discussions occasionally and I think it would be so much better without any extra clutter in the discussions.

I really can't see what the benefits are for adult practitioners, other than to accumulate fans, I suppose, and too bad for those poor folks who don't get any "likes".

Its quite easy to express appreciation in a few well-chosen words, if one feels the need. However perhaps pressing a button to a recording of some grunts would be easier!


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Re: Like button - Poll

Post by Crazy cloud » Thu Oct 05, 2017 11:06 am

njet! ... :console:
If you didn't care
What happened to me
And I didn't care for you

We would zig-zag our way
Through the boredom and pain
Occasionally glancing up through the rain

Wondering which of the
Buggers to blame
And watching for pigs on the wing
- Roger Waters

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Re: Like button - Poll

Post by retrofuturist » Thu Oct 05, 2017 11:10 am

No, and...

"Do not force others, including children, by any means whatsoever, to adopt your views, whether by authority, threat, money, propaganda, or even education." - Ven. Thich Nhat Hanh

"The uprooting of identity is seen by the noble ones as pleasurable; but this contradicts what the whole world sees." (Snp 3.12)

"One discerns wrong view as wrong view, and right view as right view. This is one's right view." (MN 117)

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Re: Like button - Poll

Post by bodom » Thu Oct 05, 2017 12:50 pm

This why we have these...

:goodpost: :twothumbsup: :thanks: :thumbsup: :clap: :bow: :jumping: :heart:

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To practice is to know your defilements,
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vanishing in the Void.
Attached to nothing, letting go:
Know that this is the way
to allay all stress.

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Re: Like button - Poll

Post by phil » Mon Oct 09, 2017 11:39 am

God no. :jawdrop:
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(The fool is characterized by his/her actions/the wise one is characterized by his/her actions/Wisdom shines forth in behaviour.)
(AN 3.2 Lakkhana Sutta)

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Re: Like button - Poll

Post by binocular » Mon Oct 09, 2017 12:06 pm

Aloka wrote:
Thu Oct 05, 2017 9:40 am
Its quite easy to express appreciation in a few well-chosen words, if one feels the need.
And people should be encouraged to practice this, in order to become more articulate, more discerning.

A feature like the "like" button dumbs people down, limits their tendency for goodwill and for being happy with others and for others, and dilutes the quality of interactions.
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Re: Like button - Poll

Post by ieee23 » Mon Oct 09, 2017 2:24 pm

I voted "no".

My opinion is that being able to vote on posts, "like" buttons etc contributes to compulsive and immature mentalities that are a bit of an anathema for the kind of mental states Buddhists are trying to get in and stay in.

On the positive side, such things let you know that your writing was read and maybe appreciated. That feels good. On the other hand this isn't really positive. An intellectually mature adult should base their opinions what they think is true and it shouldn't matter to them whether other people appreciate it or not. It seems like that would be even more true for what Buddhists should be striving for.

I have seen many articles that such things encourage impulsive behaviour, also not where you want to be going as a Buddhist. People check their social media obsessively, looking to see their score. Such switching back and forth prevents people from going into deeper thought, deeper states of mind.

I think as close to a pure text enviornment with the ability to post multimedia dhamma files is the best for a Buddhist forum. I think buttons, memes, video responses instead of words, and little animations reflect immaturity in the mind and take away from a serious discussion.
Whatever a bhikkhu frequently thinks and ponders upon, that will become the inclination of his mind. - MN 19

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