So, one thing  I want to make sure can't happen is that people can't react to their own posts, as this is a sure way to game trending algorithms across the site.

I tested this by trying to like my own blog post. If I click on an existing revealed icon, it will add me to the list reacting that way. But if I try to add one through the smiley face icon, it won't let me add (it initially takes it and then deletes it). It doesn't seem like I should be able to react to my own content (nor should anyone else) through any avenue, for reasons noted.

Please clarify expected behavior and what can be done about this.

Julia M Usher
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Correction: I am able to add reactions to my own content any which way. It only decrements my reaction if I hit a second time in succession. Don't think we can allow people to react to their own stuff, for reasons of gaming the trending algorithms - we went through this before when those algorithms were first developed  . . .

Julia M Usher

When users react to their own posts, it has no impact on trending (just as "Likes" previously had no impact when liking your own post). Thus, there's no concern here about gaming the trending algorithm  And to be clear: this behavior is consistent with previous behavior where users could like their own posts, so this wasn't a material change in the Pips release.

Hope that helps relieve your concerns!

Brian

Brian Lenz

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