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Discussion on: How do you use each of the emoji reactions on dev.to?

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Ben Halpern

I tend to think of the heart as "default showing love", hands for extra affection on top, and unicorn as sort of an "throwing some weird love your way"

Thinking face, for me, is "this made me think", but I also think it's allowed for "I don't really agree with this". It's not a "positive" emoji per se, but we didn't include poop because we don't need to be shitting on each other.

We have plans to open up the reactions section so that you can pick from a bigger drop down and the four most used for the post will be displayed. This is inspired by how Slack does it. The list of possible emojis will still be closed, e.g. no poop or middle finger, but it will grow over time and will not be limited to "emojis". We hope to eventually have the party parrot play a bigger role on the site.

By the way, as we grow the platform, these kinds of meta posts are really important because they get to the nuance of the platform, so thanks a lot for making it.

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Kevin McGinn

We hope to eventually have the party parrot play a bigger role on the site.

This is incredibly exciting news.

On a slightly more serious note, I am a fan of how positive everyone is on this site, and I shouldn't be surprised that this is being baked into the platform itself. Keep up the great work Ben, Jess, and the rest of the team!

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Nahuel Jesús Sacchetti

Like and agree with this comment ^

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Keff

+1 I also agree!

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Daniel J. Summers

I like the "no poop or middle finger" guideline. People need to express themselves, and people need constructive feedback. I tend to think of it as a "don't tell me I suck, tell me how I can [strike]suck less[/strike] improve" thing.

In my queue, I have a post about creating a podcast based on a Jekyll site. When I manage to allocate the time to write it (both on my blog and here), I'll be happy to receive no "poop"s in response to it. :)

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Dave Jacoby

"(W)e didn't include poop because we don't need to be shitting on each other."

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