Recently I’ve noticed several new users of the forum who go about liking every single post in a thread, presumably not because they actually value the content, but because they want to get one of the badges that I named in the title.
Is this what liking is for? I personally use my likes to mark posts that I find interesting, amusing or valuable, and in a discussion it becomes clear which posts are worth reading by looking at the number of likes. It also shows to a certain extent what the general consensus is on the forum during discussions.
Furthermore, I get a notification with every like, and I usually get excited by notifications, since it could be a thoughtful response to something I posted. It’s a little disappointing when it’s only some likes on old posts without any engagement.
Is this just me, or do others agree that these badges stimulate behaviour that is not necessarily beneficial to our forum? It’s a rather minor issue anyway, and in no way do I intend to criticise those who try to get the badges, just curious to the general opinion.