Daily Archives: June 2, 2014

i like LIKE, but…




If we can be serious for a minute: I like the LIKE button in WordPress and I’m not ashamed to admit it.  It’s a modest way of approval a blogger can give a photographers work and it’s especially handy when you can’t comment for one reason or another.  Who wouldn’t like a LIKE?  Well, I for one when I found a problem with it.  When another blogger clicks the LIKE button on your blog it can’t be removed except by the person who clicked the LIKE button in the first place.  Why is that a problem?  I’m glad you asked!  It’s a problem when the Gravatar link to the “LIKEers” site is inappropriate.  I found one such link when I clicked a Gravatar last week.  I usually go to all the sites that click the LIKE button, just to see what they’re up to.  Apparently, WordPress does not have a way for a blogger to remove that Gravatar from your LIKEs list.  I know they are aware of this because other bloggers have made the same complaint about the inappropriateness of some bloggers who probably troll other sites to try to lure folks to their site.

I have maintained that the LIKE button gives a more accurate representation of who is reading your blog than a blogroll.  But the blogger at least has control over a blogroll but apparently not the LIKE gravatars that appear once the button is pushed.  So please accept this as an apology if you clicked on a LIKE Gravatar and were transported to an inappropriate site. If it continues, I may be forced to remove the LIKE button until this control issue can be resolved.