Like/Dislike Back

Some recent glitches caused by a security upgrade have been fixed. Most notably, the Like/Dislike buttons on comments should now be working. Let me know if there are other issues.

James Joyner
About James Joyner
James Joyner is Professor and Department Head of Security Studies at Marine Corps University's Command and Staff College. He's a former Army officer and Desert Storm veteran. Views expressed here are his own. Follow James on Twitter @DrJJoyner.


  1. Yay!

  2. john personna says:

    (JK, demerit of SD was in jest)

  3. john personna says:

    Tit for Tat is the optimum strategy for the iterated prisoner’s dilemma 😉

  4. michael reynolds says:

    I dislike your strategy, John.

  5. john personna says:

    @michael reynolds:

    It amuses me that there is a real-world application for game theory. Of course it’s complicated by the group mind effect. In essence the group mind that votes down Jay or Jan(*) becomes an entity, which is retaliated against by (here) the smaller group containing Jay and Jan. And that is pleasantly complicated by suspicions of who is and isn’t in each group. (Some votes are doubtless from lurkers.)

    * – one of which I am not always a member.

  6. john personna says:

    BTW, for those who don’t know the theory, the default and first behavior should be cooperation. Retaliation is only advised by the theory *after* the other party shows bad faith.

    So overall I consider the theory consistent with good human values. Cooperation first, but don’t be a push-over.

  7. PJ says:

    There has been a lot of tweaking on of the number of likes and dislikes required since the introduction, but is a comment liked by 11 and disliked by 2 really a hot debate? Should a comment need 10 more likes than dislikes to be well liked/loved?
    Obviously four more was a bit too few, even more so for making comments hidden due to a low rating.
    IMHO, removing them all together is a better option than the current settings.

  8. john personna says:


    But you are obviously able to read the counts and draw your conclusions. That’s enough isn’t it?

    I find the counts kind of an amusing side story. Small counts can mean a lot of things, but i’d say 11 to 2 means most visiters that day agreed. A different crowd on a different day could go the other way.

    There will be selection bias in any community.