WordPress – Ethical Dilemma

If you have 20 posts to like or comment, you cannot do them all within 5 minutes. If you could, WordPress will block your account for spamming!

As their numbers and posts are increasing over time, how do you usually keep up with friends on WordPress?


Edit: Here is a summary based on the comments:

Yet many emphasized the importance of the title, most comments were about reading a post is a must. A like or a comment should be only given to worthy posts. Relatively, some felt bad about receiving a lot of likes from the same person in a short time; they considered recording likes without reading a disrespect.

Most agreed that reading takes time that is not always available. Many talked about their philosophy in following others and how to manage updates. First, a group of important users where importance is based on the topics of interest or on users who contribute to our blogs regularly. Second, following less. Third, utilizing the time of waiting in more reading or contributing. Relatively, they referred to the bad system of WordPress in keeping up with friends; a lot could be missed if one is absent for a while. Are weekly digests enough? Or should we have a system similar to Facebook where top posts are listed first?

On other hand, some argued that likes are a way of supporting friends. After all, we trust some friends and their posts but we lack the time – We’re saying that we’re here and haven’t forgotten about you.

Some referred to something else. Likes are favorite tool. Thus, they’re pinning posts for later reading. Probably, they’ve already read them through emails so they’re doing all the likes at once.

Almost all declined the existence of persons with ability of fast skimming or predicting. There was some talking about awards posts and the importance of short posts in blogging world. What about achievement posts or one-picture with no words posts? What about posts with different languages – should we translate it first? What about bloggers posting many posts per day? What about people who are seeking likes only and so we’re doing the same to? (technically speaking, the number of likes has no effect)?

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177 thoughts on “WordPress – Ethical Dilemma”

  1. I am so inconsistent and easily distracted. I like to actually read something before hitting the “like” button. . I do tend to read the short posts first and save the longer ones in my inbox for a while. Sometimes longer than I would like. But if time is short, I may miss some posts and that always makes me feel guilty! I did have to give up doing the awards posts. It is such an honor, but I found doing those kept me from reading regular posts. So much to read and so little time! It’s a conundrum!

    • I’m always learning from you, Linda. Thanks for the tips. Personally, I’m trying to keep my posts short for this reason particularly. Unfortunately, tech topics are not easy to be shortened!

  2. I prefer short posts. Long posts are difficult for me to read especially if the font is feint and there are no breaks in the text such as quotes, images, etc. Those who use the like button repeatedly on one post right after the other are annoying. Obviously, they didn’t read the posts.

    If I enjoy a post, even if just a photo or a quote, I give it a like. And yes, translate before giving a like. How can you like something if you don’t know what it says. Some of the awards posts are well thought out and entertaining and IMO, deserve a like. I think it boils down to personal preference and being mindful.


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