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Devin W. Leaman
Devin W. Leaman

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What's with the 🦄?

So, I've been on dev.to for a while now and I have yet to figure out or decide exactly what to do with the unicorn 🦄 reaction to posts.

My thoughts so far end with you'd use it if a post is one of a kind, a unicorn you might say. (I'll see myself out)

But really, I'm curious what your thoughts are and if I just missed something massive that tells me exactly what it is. Thanks in advance 😊

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Dian Fay

Sometimes you just want to drop a unicorn on something.

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eric

How can I drop a unicorn on this comment ha? Wait, 🦄!

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QLabs

🦄

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rhymes

I use it as "I like the content very much", sort of a super like.
I know different people give it different meanings, that's why it's a mythical creature :D

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Devin W. Leaman Author

"That's why it's a mythical creature." Well that's a great way to sum it up.

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Daniel Brady

Thanks for asking this! I'm new around here and went searching for an answer immediately: I wanted to make sure I was using it according to its intent.

But it seems like there is no dictated purpose, and people use them variously to mean "super dislike", "super like", and anything in-between or other. 😅

I think I'll avoid using it, and stick with ❤️for things I like, as I haven't yet found someone who interpreted it negatively. For all else, I'll respond with no reaction or a constructive comment; constructive comments seem better than "dislike" reactions. To me, anyways.

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Er-AkshitaGupta-dev • Edited

I like your answer the most. Totally agreed! ❣️

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Anshul Negi

I google the meaning of Unicorn and I find this "something that is highly desirable but difficult to find or obtain."

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George Marr

Unicorns are badass, need to say much else?

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Yanko

this had to be said

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Andrew Lucker

Rating systems are a pretty interesting problem

I'd be interested to hear @ben or who designed this feature's thoughts. [what does this button do?] buttons can be very informative if used right.

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Ben Halpern

Unicorns typically represent an especially positive connotation in our industry. Unicorn devs, unicorn companies, it’s the things that are wonderful.

Emoji reactions are always a bit abstract and I made no effort to dictate the purposes.

One thing to note: I’d like to have a longer list of reaction types you can choose from like in Slack, just haven’t gotten around to building that out, or even describing it to others.

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Devin W. Leaman Author

Ooo, now that would be really awesome. Maybe now that dev.to is open source the community could lend a hand.

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Ben Halpern

Yeah, definitely. A good part of the issue is fickle UI/product stuff, which is a bit harder to get contribution on at this point, but anything we can do to improve the code and make it more moldable is helpful!

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🦄N B🛡

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Tanvesh Takawale

Thanks for the explanation I was curious about this too.

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Andrew de Jonge

I've always considered it to mean "Great idea, but you're dreaming, it'll never be implemented" A bit sad if it turns out people actually use it to support an idea as actually being a useful one! Oh the vaguries of emotions! 🤦‍♂️

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Devin W. Leaman Author

Sorry to be the bearer of bad news but so far you're the only one who uses it this way, at least on my little post here.

I'd definitely be interested to hear if anyone else uses it this way too.

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Angel D. Munoz

I tend to use it when I find something extremely good or when I determine that it requires a lot of expertise/skill to write/demo about, I'm picky with my unicorns :P

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Luciano Jung • Edited

After researching the topic, I came to the following conclusion:
A developer who can pull off a job from A - Z is apparently called a "🦄 Developer".
So for me, a post that deserves a 🦄 is one that explains a problem perfectly from A to Z without creating new questions.

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Stavro Xhardha • Edited

I always thought that Unicorn was an insulting. It's just a cultural thing. Drug addicted people see unicorns and I thought voting with unicorn was a real dislike for the post owner. But then I read what it really was. Still don't use it :P

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Suchitra

Can anyone tell me exactly what unicorn reactions mean??
Because here all the answers are different from each other so i can't decide what exactly it is...
Just i want brief whether it is positive or negative vibes!

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SKate Byrne

Positive 🦄

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Yusuf Fazeri

I agree

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Fran González

Following what rhymes and Angel have said, I always interpreted it as "surreal" content 😄

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Carl Angelo Nievarez

I think it means, great pure thoughts or ideas.

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Soledad Unda

I always thought of it as marking something as "unique". Just because unicorns are basically a pretty radical animal hybrid.

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Truong Hoang Dung

The devs might misuse it as a popcorn, not a unicorn ;)

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QLabs

I think that the Dev.to team just put that there because they wanted to leave an air of mystery and see what happens.

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QLabs

🦄

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Kgopotso2019

I always used it to mean extra ordinary content, something way better than a heart. Hear is a unicorn for you.

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Pandz18

I mean ...t's just there sitting on the left bar of your screen ...tempted to be clicked on..so why not ?

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Michael "notriddle" Howell

I never use it.

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Admor Aloysious Aguilar • Edited

Lol I just got into Dev.to, and this is the first google result when I search "dev to unicorn" 🦄