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Ladan Wise

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What one feature would you love to see added to TED.com?

The TED team is working on planning the future development and enhancement of TED.com, and the product development team would love to hear your ideas! What's one feature would you love to see on TED.com and why?

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    Dec 5 2012: In addition to the thumbs up option, I would like to see a thumbs down option. It gives more information.
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      Dec 5 2012: Is gives less information as the thumbs up option does.

      A thumb up indicates agreement and its explanation becomes the rated comment itself.

      A thumb down indicates disagreement, yet gives no explanation why or any alternatives instead.

      If we agree on something we usually don't have to talk much about it anymore, because what more than mutual agreement is there to archive?. But disagreement is where a discussion, a dispute just begins to exchange facts and views, experience and beliefs. A thumb down don't encourage that, as it only indicates rejection without stating why.
      • Dec 6 2012: Then bothe the Up and down option aught to be available .....But only on the Debate column.
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          Dec 6 2012: Why 'both'? What do you need a thumb down option for? Just to disagree without furter explanation? Why? That would be nothing but anonymously destructive, don't you think?
      • Dec 6 2012: Lejan

        I made a comment / suggestion to have the Up and down ONLY on the Debate column iow not on the "Idea" column or the "Question" column. In what that suggestion provides I am actually agreeing with your "That would be nothing but anonymously destructive" point.

        Yes as far as I am concerned the "Debate" method is destructive and distractive..

        .it is "Us against them. black against white, Left against right...method ......it is the old argument that Debate fosters ideas but in this current age / and enormous electronic access -BUT with no clear and intelligent moderators administering a Debate it is just a big mess of endless opinions

        Sol...If there is going to be a Debate feature ....then it has to remain true to Debate form.......iow both the up and down Voting ( as you would see say on the BBC TV debates at the end the audience chooses a yes / no button) done at the end of a set time period. The TED debate feature is not a true Debate set-up.

        Now that I have said the above ...I suggest ....... remove the Debate column. period.
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          Dec 6 2012: I understand what you are proposing, yet especially ON the debate clumnn a non-existent 'thumbs down' feature eliminates the anonymous destructive parts of the dispute. By this we get to hear at least opinions why someone feels 'thumbs down' for something.

          I do not expect any discussion to 'foster ideas' and moderation is to keep good morals only.

          So on this we may not agree, yet we exchanged thoughts, so I 'see' you clearer now than I was able if you would have just thumbed me down ...
      • Dec 6 2012: Lejan

        re "I do not expect any discussion to 'foster ideas' and moderation is to keep good morals only.

        So on this we may not agree, yet we exchanged thoughts, so I 'see' you clearer now than I was able if you would have just thumbed me down ... "

        Yes ..and the is the "dance" we are doing to close in on an idea-though etc ...it must be recognized that "only like can apprehend like"

        This latter quote contains the root word "appa" from the Greek expression for the "Hand of the Soul. And humanknd is advancing to the Level of Consciousness when that "Appa" is more and more "Self Evident" and (returning back to the Debate subject) and the old method of Debating does not serve humankind. ((Especially when the English language is being used!!! works are easily mis-used in the English language))

        I will leave with this thought ....eventually all discussions between Humans will begin with the recognition that "All opinion is Vanity."

        Be Well Be Present
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      Dec 5 2012: I would not have learned as much as I did by your comments if you would have just used a thumb down option.
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      Dec 5 2012: TED used to have a thumbs down option, and it was misused and abused. Some folks simply thumbed down people they didn't like ALL THE TIME regardless of what the comment said. That's why TED removed it.
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      Dec 6 2012: thumbs down to that idea
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      Dec 6 2012: I say thumbs down to that idea as well!

      TED Lover,
      Example: When we had the thumbs down feature, I got 140 thumbs down within a couple of hours, from a person who had several accounts, and there was no limit on thumbs up or down. He sent me a personal e-mail saying that the reason he did it was because my comments are "too sugary". I believe there are people who would simply have a lot of fun with a thumbs down button, and I don't think it provides any valuable information.

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