How do reactions work?

yujiri8 profile image Ryan Westlund ・1 min read

I'm new to dev.to.

Q#1: What's the difference between heart and unicorn? They both seem like like buttons.

Q#2: I can react to my own posts? I just noticed this. Is this like Youtube, where your own comment isn't liked by default but there's no reason not to like it? Reddit took the sensible route and had you upvote your own comments by default. Is there a reason dev.to doesn't?

Also, if I'm not mistaken, the reaction buttons are not accessible when the page is too narrow. Is this an issue or are they somewhere I couldn't find?


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Hello Ryan and welcome to Dev, it's great to have you here.

The unicorn is open to interpretation and there have been a few threads with others thoughts over the years:

You can react to your own posts with the heart, unicorn and bookmark emoji if you wish. When you post a comment you react with a heart by default.

The reactions on desktop should sit on the left hand side when viewing a post, when you resize the browser narrow enough they will shift to the bottom of the screen. Is that what you are seeing or do we need to submit a bug report?


Oh, I see the reactions on the bottom now. Thank you. I don't know I didn't see them before :D