Hug button?

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Epic

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Hug button?
« on: September 24, 2015, 05:03:31 PM »
So often I read someone's comments and wish I could somehow show support or let the writer know I've read their comment/story, but I can't possibly do that for every post I want to. I wish there was some way to acknowledge each other without necessarily making a comment. I'd like to personally thank everyone who's offered me support and some posters do that, but it's time consuming.  It would be nice to have a "hug" button, kind of like the facebook equivalent of the "like" button;)

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Re: Hug button?
« Reply #1 on: September 24, 2015, 05:32:44 PM »
How about just using what's already available:
 :bighug:

(Hit reply, hit the "more" button under the emoticons, hit the big hug.)
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Re: Hug button?
« Reply #2 on: September 24, 2015, 06:42:45 PM »
True but you have to post that as a separate comment and it just posts at the end of the comments, nobody knows who you're hugging;)

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Re: Hug button?
« Reply #3 on: September 24, 2015, 07:43:06 PM »
My immediate reaction to this is: just as some of us might not want people coming up "in real life" and randomly hugging us without our consent, we might not want that kind of interaction on a message board either.

People here have been through a lot, our boundaries violated, and our needs and feelings discounted. Many of us are easily triggered by all sorts of things. I know that we already have a "huggie" emoticon, but as Epicabundance said, you have to take the time to post it in a separate comment. If there were a "hug" button, it would be a lot more easy to do, and thus probably done a lot more frequently than the emoticon. I hate to sound like a Scrooge here, but as I considered this suggestion, I thought of people giving me unsolicited hugs to which I could not say "no", and I flinched.
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