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narnian60

(3,510 posts)
Thu May 23, 2013, 03:52 PM May 2013

I am a newbie that joined DU last November.

Although I have learned a lot since my first posting (& subsequent lambasting), I would like some clarification on when people click the rec button. Sometimes I see a post that is (at least imho) very dramatic, heartwarming, hilarious, etc. that has a lot of views but will have like 2 recs. Will someone please enlighten me on when you rec and when you don't?

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I am a newbie that joined DU last November. (Original Post) narnian60 May 2013 OP
Rec whatever you like. Common Sense Party May 2013 #1
If I want folks to read it JustAnotherGen May 2013 #2
Didn't know that only 5 recs did that. Thanks. narnian60 May 2013 #7
People click for 2 reasons: first, it's informative enough Warpy May 2013 #3
Thanks, Warpy, that does help. narnian60 May 2013 #5
I usually forget to rec OriginalGeek May 2013 #4
The reason many things don't get rec'd is also luck, not intention. The time of day an OP is made is freshwest May 2013 #6
Haha. Much obliged. narnian60 May 2013 #9
when you rec Flashmann May 2013 #8
I rec'd something today for the first time in years. randome May 2013 #10
And, those "merits" would be us.. helping out Cha May 2013 #18
lol...I should say, "Stop looking for Reccers. Be one." demwing May 2013 #29
I am now on the greatest threads page. narnian60 May 2013 #11
Here's a kick LeftofObama May 2013 #12
Those of us who get a lt of recs are part of a network. Martin Eden May 2013 #13
I feel like I've been spanked narnian60 May 2013 #15
Just Having Fun Martin Eden May 2013 #17
You are forgiven, Martin. narnian60 May 2013 #19
K&R (kick & recommend, just in case...). n/t (no text, also just in case) Egalitarian Thug May 2013 #14
Enough recs gets it on the front page of DU. Rec away! JaneyVee May 2013 #16
It's all been covered here, narnian, but I still want to add my Cha May 2013 #20
Thanks, Cha. narnian60 May 2013 #22
Welcome! kentuck May 2013 #23
In my opinion, H2O Man May 2013 #21
Hi! You joined the same day I did! R B Garr May 2013 #24
Glad you survived the lambasting. Some posters would prefer NONE of us to be here. Festivito May 2013 #25
I AM enjoying DU narnian60 May 2013 #30
I rec things for all sorts of reasons, no rules for me, except I don't RKP5637 May 2013 #26
If you want to help a post get to the greatest page, you hit the REC liberal N proud May 2013 #27
re:I am a newbie that joined DU last November. allan01 May 2013 #28

Warpy

(112,134 posts)
3. People click for 2 reasons: first, it's informative enough
Thu May 23, 2013, 03:55 PM
May 2013

that people want as many others to read it as possible and that means putting it on the "greatest" page.

Second, DU is a community and posts about people who are well known here are recommended so that we'll all see what's going on with another of us.

I hope this helps.

OriginalGeek

(12,132 posts)
4. I usually forget to rec
Thu May 23, 2013, 03:55 PM
May 2013

even when it's something I strongly agree with or enjoyed tremendously.

I'm a bad reccer.

My apologies to all the many posters and posts that should have been one rec richer.


freshwest

(53,661 posts)
6. The reason many things don't get rec'd is also luck, not intention. The time of day an OP is made is
Thu May 23, 2013, 04:00 PM
May 2013

important, and affects views and recs, because things go lower on the pages. Also, because people who would rec might not be online when it's higher up. I miss a lot of threads because I don't spend much time on the main pages, even less on the home page, and don't like to scroll. I rec most of what I take time to read or respond to. And I'm recin'g this for you, the newbie...

Flashmann

(2,140 posts)
8. when you rec
Thu May 23, 2013, 04:02 PM
May 2013

I do it for posts I agree with...Posts I enjoyed reading and think others might also,although I don't myself read or not read posts based on rec count,I suspect some might...Posts that provoke laughs or smiles...

 

randome

(34,845 posts)
10. I rec'd something today for the first time in years.
Thu May 23, 2013, 04:05 PM
May 2013

I generally don't bother, just figure a thread will rise and fall on its own merits.

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Cha

(300,363 posts)
18. And, those "merits" would be us.. helping out
Thu May 23, 2013, 09:33 PM
May 2013

an OP that we think is important enough for more viewing than in just one Forum, randome.

Martin Eden

(13,019 posts)
13. Those of us who get a lt of recs are part of a network.
Thu May 23, 2013, 09:16 PM
May 2013

We contact each other and rec each others' posts to give us all higher visibility and an ego boost.

Nah, just kidding. I totally made that up. Honestly, I rarely start a thread though I used to do it more often (been here 11+ years).

As for when and what to rec, that's a very subjective and personal thing. Only you know what puts a smile on your face and what you think is important or very well stated. That's the beauty of it, and you're missing the point when you ask for advice on what to rec. As you spend more time here, your ideas about what to rec will evolve.

Cha

(300,363 posts)
20. It's all been covered here, narnian, but I still want to add my
Thu May 23, 2013, 09:41 PM
May 2013

2 cents.

I always rec an OP that I think is important enough to get more exposure. There's so much going on at DU that sometimes it's easy to miss something. If it's on the Greatest and in the Forum or Group.. it's more likely to get noticed.

You can also click on the space above the "DU Rec" and it will tell you who has "Rec" the Thread.

Welcome to DU, narnian

R B Garr

(17,186 posts)
24. Hi! You joined the same day I did!
Fri May 24, 2013, 01:04 AM
May 2013

You asked a good question, so I'm recommending your thread. I forget about doing it, so this is a good reminder to take advantage of highlighting threads that you think will be of interest to others.

Festivito

(13,497 posts)
25. Glad you survived the lambasting. Some posters would prefer NONE of us to be here.
Fri May 24, 2013, 02:18 PM
May 2013

I try to recommend news that might not otherwise get notice. But, sometimes, I just hit it for things I personally like.

Hitting that rec button also clears up some problems with one of my old old old browsers. Occasionally I rec, then unrec or forget to unrec.

My advice would be to hit it when you want, and to ignore the results by instead reading the titles to all the posts in the Latest Page. That does not take as much time as going through the sometimes absurd filter of rec totals. And, some of the not-so-highly-rec'd posts are THE most interesting.

Good luck and enjoy DU.

RKP5637

(67,112 posts)
26. I rec things for all sorts of reasons, no rules for me, except I don't
Fri May 24, 2013, 02:22 PM
May 2013

rec stuff I really don't like ... and sometimes I just don't bother at all.

liberal N proud

(60,473 posts)
27. If you want to help a post get to the greatest page, you hit the REC
Fri May 24, 2013, 02:24 PM
May 2013

If you liked it but don't care if it gets promoted, move on.

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