HealthUnlocked have just released an enhancement of the 'Recommend' feature. If you've recently submitted a post or replied and someone has 'clicked/pressed' on the associated recommend button, you've probably noticed a red indication near the menu bell icon informing you that there's a message stating who recommended your contribution.
This feature has resulted in considerable comment in the HU Admin community, with many concerned that this is not a desirable enhancement due to the loss of anonymity when someone recommends a contribution. One administrator commented "I don't want anyone to feel slighted if I do not recommend their every contribution. I don't want anyone to expect recommendations from me. My recommendation is worth neither more nor less than anyone else's."
Another commented "Please HU, leave the social networking to Facebook, Twitter etc. and let us all continue to direct our energies and focus to helping and supporting our members with their health issues. We do not need to know who has recommended our posts. Neither do we wish to know who hasn't, which might actually become the more important issue for some members at least."
Yet another commented "I currently feel that the recommend feature is under-utilised and that engagement in many communities has been declining (from what I have heard), so this feature may encourage more people to contribute high quality comments and support for people - the purpose of this platform!"
What do you think?
Photo: How do ants get notification that flooding rains are on the way? Do they get a recommendation from their neighbours if their entrance is better protected?