In perhaps what has turned out to be one of the biggest debates around here, the question of the week is: should we bring back the purple thumbs (i.e. the “disagree” function in the comments section)? In an effort to create a little more congeniality on the site, I got rid of both thumbs over the weekend. Then, due to many requests, I restored a “Like” button/ thumbs up feature. But so many of you don’t seem satisfied. I’m getting emails asking me to bring back the purple thumbs, but if recent comments are any indication, you all are deeply divided on the issue.
I, myself, am on the fence. On one hand, the purple thumbs help me moderate comments and get rid of potential trolls — or at least alert me to keep my eyes on them. And people seem to enjoy controversial comments, which, let’s face it, is always good for traffic. On the other hand, I think some people use the purple thumbs to act out some sort of personal vendetta against another commenter on the site, which is really silly. So, what do you guys think? If there’s a clear majority in the poll, I’ll go with that. Democracy rules.
UPDATE: You must place your vote in the comment section, please.