See, in order to scroll through these posts I had to spend 0.2 seconds that I'm never getting back. A like system could literally save lives.
But why restrict this engagement bar in the first place? Its not like we're voting for something important with likes and dislikes, its just a tiny bit of extra info to go along with posts that may indicate a post that's particularly worth reading. Extra information is always good, unless it gets in the way of other stuff, which in this case it doesn't.
I mean like I've said I think it would be cool to react to posts with icons and thumbsup or down like we can in discord. But I think it's worthwhile and fun to share ideas about how, essentially, emoticons impact discussion. I don't know about you but I can read at a fairly quick pace and I really don't need anything other than the words themselves to tell me if a post is worth reading or not. I'd much rather respond to you with this sentence after knowing you've read and responded to mine. That feels engaging to me. Clicking a button next to your post to show agreement or otherwise or telling someone to look at the points their comment has gathered is an extra step that I don't feel adds a lot for the extra work of clicking. Like if any of my posts get +100 points or -100 that doesn't feel engaging, they're just arbitrary numbers. I think this site might be a little small for a custom ad tracker or whatever but votes, I'm totally speculating, are typically used to weight keywords and that is the reason why they've become such a big part of social media, not because it's particularly more fun for the user. If algos don't do such a thing then they really should.
All that said, I'd put a (well intentioned) cookie up in your post for you if I could and I think such a thing can be fun.
For a number of reasonsI am horrified by this panopticon being the future of the internet.
Agreed wholeheartedly. Who are these people btw? I tried to include it in my above post but I can't copy-paste the quote without their images blowing up in size.