Like the Bob Marley song of yore, we continue to wait in vain for Facebook to introduce a “dislike” button. Although it’s your website, it’s very patronizing that you refuse to give us this choice. Nevertheless, instead of endlessly debating the merits of our proposal, here’s a friendly suggestion from your friends at Prior Probability: let us vote! That’s right. Just let all active Facebook users cast a vote on this issue once and for all (one vote per Facebook account). If a majority of users reject our suggestion, we will cheerfully accept the results and never mention this pet-peeve ever again, but if “dislike” wins, then you agree to abide by the results and install a thumbs-down button, as per the will of the majority. Deal?
In the alternative, why not allow users to decide for ourselves if we want to enable a “dislike” button on our individual accounts. After all, you already allow us to decide what privacy settings we prefer. So, why not extend this logic of choice to the “like” and “dislike” icons as well?
F. E. Guerra-Pujol