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  1. Joe Blow

    Joe Blow Administrator Staff Member

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    If all goes to plan, ASF will be changing from one hosting account to another tonight.

    This will involve a change of IP address and will therefore mean that the updated DNS settings will need to propagate to different DNS servers around the world. As a result, I will need to close ASF to avoid posts being made on the old installation that won't show up once people start hitting the new installation.

    Unfortunately, we will undoubtedly have a few people who spend a day or more hitting the old installation as their ISP doesn't update its DNS very often. It happens every single time.

    When the time comes, I will switch ASF to maintenance mode. When you see the forums again, we will be back in business.

    I apologise in advance for any inconvenience caused.
     
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  2. Joe Blow

    Joe Blow Administrator Staff Member

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    I understand and appreciate your point of view but when it comes to likes we will have to agree to disagree. Although there may be some less than benign effects of them, I see the feature as mostly positive. Liking a post can be a shorthand way of saying, "I agree" and also a way of telling someone that you appreciate the time and effort they have put into creating the post. The pattern of likes a member receives can tell them a lot about the kind of content others like and find useful, encouraging them to create more of it.

    There will never be a dislike feature or any way to give a negative rating to anything or anyone (except perhaps for dodgy stocks). I don't think negativity is good for a community. But I'm happy for people to convey appreciation and agreement to others. Those are good things.
     
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  3. Bill M

    Bill M Self Funded Retiree

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    I like the like button too. Before we had it most people wanted it, now some people don't like it which I don't understand. Why I like it is for the same reasons as you mention, it is like nodding your head for a yes or I agree or just a short cut for saying thank you. Some people like myself don't post as much as others so by liking a post also shows I'm still around listening, learning and enjoying other people's input. Keep it up, ASF is a great forum, thank you.
     
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