Say No to the Plethora of Exclusive Like Buttons

I posted this below comment at the news of WordPress (Automattic Inc) introducing their own version of exclusive Like button a la Facebook and other micro-blogging platforms (another comment at Mashable as well)

Thumbs down. You are treating your registered bloggers as your customers by forgetting the customers of the bloggers themselves (their visitors). This exclusive company wide Like feature is going to add more confusion for the people amid all other Like buttons everywhere. It would have been better if you had not fallen for this trend which is evolving people on the internet backwards. Now, what is next, a for all these separate Like buttons and then ultimately they will show up under plethora of AddThis html code? Where is the innovation? Amazing!

No, I don’t like to reblog via a simplistic yes/no Like button. Sorry, that’s not how life works.  You are reversing the original intention of the blogs themselves. Blogs were an innovation for discourse/converse/comment the complex situation of life. It was not meant for 140 characters or yes/no, or like or dislike buttons.

Posted on June 1, 2010, in Bad and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 26 Comments.

  1. I do not like and do not want this feature. What a sad day this is when we are faced with such a feature and no way to opt out. It’s reminiscent of the recent and onging Facebook fiascos where members are opted in by default. At least there members do have opt out options unlike members have when it comes to this reblog feature.

    What exactly makes this feature any different from the other features in terms of opting out? It’s the only one we cannot opt out of.

    Why is it that someone has to “like” a post before they can use the feature? We are all at liberty to quote excerpts which we properly attribute to their creators/copyrght holders and then critique the contents in posts of our own and that has not changed. But when it comes to this reblogging we cannot use the feature unless we “like” it and is counting only “like” stats.

    So what to do? I suppose what’s implied is that we all go out form armies of pseudo-friends and followers who will click like and reblog just like they click retweet and the Facebook like button.

    The fact that all blogs have been included by default and there is no opt-out has led me to make contingency plans.

  2. I’m at a loss for words (OK not really) on this decision by .COM. It is totally and completely unbelievable. At the very least they should allow us to opt out without having to set our blogs to private. WHAT KIND OF CHOICE IS THAT???

  3. Here is an idea. We all set up new blogs (different account from our main blogs) and then reblog all of staff’s .COM blogs.

  4. This morning at first i liked the “Like” feature. But after going through the whole stuff, i definitely think that the reblog feature is a bad thing, although the like button is okay. But the problem is that the “Link” button is redundant. Because there is already 5 star rating and Nero rating in and also analitycs for them.
    The shocking part is that there is no option to disable it.
    I think this feature was for sploggers.

  5. I fulfil nearly a year translating, what for? For a new kind of facebook? I’m really angry watching becoming a foolish toy.

  6. I posted below at the thread here:

    “An opt-out would falsely imply that your content is safe and we cannot say that.”

    So you should introduce a feature that would imply that blogger’s contents ARE safe. I know it is not doable but how wise is it to be doing the exact opposite of it? i.e, introduce a new tool to make it more easy for people to copy other people’s contents without permission? This makes no sense.

    Such feature at a social-networking platform is a common sense because at social-networking sites we’re all copying/forwarding each others’ bits and pieces. But I thought WordPress was a blogging platform where people write blog posts.

    It is also understandable that not everyone writes original blog posts and you may be trying to introduce a social-networking piece into the blogging platform. But all that we’re asking is you provide an opt-out feature for those who may not wish to participate in this social-networking game.

    You provided an opt-out for Possibly Related posts feature (which by the way seems to have disappeared lately). So why not provide opt-out for this as well?

  7. probably soon people will start tweeting in their blogs with’s new feature. and say “hey check out my blog” , because this was done easier.

  8. i posted about it this morning too.
    i was pretty certain many wordpress users would not be comfortable with the introduction of facebook (and tumblr) features. it’s probably just another sign of the times..
    buttons for lazy people. i doubt it will go away, as much as there is, and rightfully so, protest by the users.
    many will still ‘like’ the feature, it’s just so nice and easy.
    the only way to reply to this is to still comment and – when quoting a post – putting it in some context and content of your own.

  9. The admin bar belongs to the user, not the blog. How would opt-out work? Would they be able to favorite a post on every site powered by except for yours? Would we prevent copy and paste as well?

    • My understanding is that is providing hosting of software with limitations. Such limitations are the inability to change the dynamics of the blog with personal choice of many plug-ins, widgets etc. If is open-source, then is not. We’re at the mercy of your hosting for any big and significant changes you make (you have then provided little liberty with paid upgrades to the basic structure).

      Above is all fine and dandy as long as we have agreed with the basic idea of how blogging works and how it is presented and setup by you.

      Now, if I want Buddypress and I have a self-hosted blog, I have no restriction on making such a change. Your is so amazingly open that people have created other sites on top of it ( But I can’t tweak much of your software here at and I made a compromise because I never wanted to make big changes to begin with. All I wanted was a free and hosted space to use your software in its basic form. Hence, I opted to sign up with

      It seems that now you’re attempting to make a big change to that basic format (please note that many of the agitation is probably due to the “unknown” of the future). And now I seem to have run into a road block where I wonder if I should go along with you or not. I was fine until you provided my basic needs and I was happy with what I had.

      This is where the question of opt-in/opt-out comes. I should be able to opt-out if your BuddyPress is not what I need. I should be able to opt-out if I do not want anyone to first Like and then Copy my content so easily.

      The evolution of blogging is notwithstanding, but was never a Facebook and I think it shouldn’t become one. It is another matter if you introduce all sorts of cool social features as a choice on top of the original platform (as a widget or otherwise). The issue is not really the evolution of blogging, the issue is the choice for users or lack there of.

      • This is not a big change, this is a minor evolution of the path has been on since it started.

        • Matt, thanks for your comments. Hope to see some of the extensive thoughts of yours on the evolution and future plans of It helps to get some ideas on interim and long term strategy (anything that you can share publicly of course).

    • Matt, you can’t tell me that you can’t put in an if-then that when someone visits a blog and an “opt out of reblogging” variable is set to true (or false – your choice), that you could not then disable the reblogging thing for that particular site.

      If you don’t want to provide an opt out then fine, but it CAN be done. Since I’m not familiar with how you guys did this – plugin or whatever – and when it comes to PHP, I can spell it, and hack my way through a few little changes, but I do have enough general programming experience to know this can be done.

  10. That would be a terrible, horrible user experience and we’d never do it. Think about it: Why would the admin bar, which belongs to the user and is 100% consistent whether you’re on my blog or CNN, change depending on which site you’re on. It’s confusing, annoying, and utterly unacceptable.

    Regardless,, a VIP blog, has apparently chosen to opt-out.

  11. Is using the “like” button and the “reblog” feature one anyone expected to be used by bloggers to “like” and reblog” their own posts?

    Is seeking a means of liking and reblogging one’s own blog posts in bulk what was contemplated or can this behavior be viewed as an act of desperation?

  12. Don’t know when it happened, but between my comment above and today, has been gathered into the “Like/Reblog” fold.

  13. Reblogged this on Will Norris and commented:
    testing reblog.

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