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Thumbs-up, Thumbs-down meaning


Active Member
Jun 28, 2019
Talent, OR
I've been on the TMC fora since June, and find this a valuable place to spend time. But I have noticed one odd thing, and since there's a forum for suggestions, I thought I'd mention it here.

I've seen a few instances where someone responds to a post with a thumbs-down. This ends up offending or confusing the author of the post. Thumbs-down on these fora means "disagree," according to the tooltip text. And people say, "how can you disagree with that? It's fact." Or similar things.

I think what's happening is folks using thumbs-down think it means "dislike" instead of "disagree". This is a reasonable misunderstanding. Thumbs-up means "like," so they expect thumbs-down means "dislike."

Consider a post such as "I dented my frunk today." Someone wishes to express sympathy for the poster's problem and clicks thumbs-down, intending to mean, "I dislike that happened to you." But the poster says, "How can you disagree that I dented my frunk?"

What if we change thumbs-down to mean "dislike" and add a new icon for "disagree," perhaps a do-not-enter icon or a frowny face or something.

Just a thought...


Well-Known Member
Apr 13, 2018
Buford, GA
Aside from the fact that this is commercial software and you don't have infinite options, I think that agree is more descriptive than like.

But honestly I suspect that when reading this thread, most people will hover over the button and see what it actually says. TheyvTh never read it, just clicked it

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