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I have a forum where you can Like a reply. After you press that button it changes from Like to Liked. Now I want to add a Dislike button so I would like to replace the "Liked" text for something that would also include "Disliked". I think the word should be close to something like "Done", "Voted", or "Pressed" but also related with the original text.

Do you have any suggestions?

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To avoid the issue, you could just say "Thanks" or "Thanks for voting". –  onomatomaniak Nov 1 '11 at 15:21
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I think you should use Liked for liking and Disliked for disliking. Is that not an option? –  Daniel Nov 1 '11 at 15:23
    
Take a leaf out of ELU's book, and just use Up/Down arrows with no static text at all. If you can make a display layout where the meaning is clear without using any words at all, that's normally the best option. –  FumbleFingers Nov 1 '11 at 15:29
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I think this should be migrated to UX SE. –  TRiG Nov 2 '11 at 10:27
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Not actually an answer to your question, but as a forum user I would prefer to see whether I liked or disliked something instead of just seeing the fact that I am "done" with it. Is there anything wrong with keeping Liked or Disliked?

Here are some alternatives if you want to really have a generic word:

  • Responded
  • Designated
  • Marked
  • Acknowledged
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I agree from a web-development perspective: what's wrong with having it read "Liked" or "Disliked" depending on which action was taken? –  Brendon Nov 1 '11 at 15:12
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@Brendon OK I will spend some time at Stackoverflow then. –  janoChen Nov 1 '11 at 16:23
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I do usability work for a living and I recommend reporting whether they liked it or disliked it as opposed to a general note such as thanks for voting... In fact, most sites will show a thumbs-up or down highlighting the documented action (e.g. Digg). The terms made popular by Redditt I believe are upvoted and downvoted. Netflix is also a very popular reference with a star-rating highlighting the number of stars given to a movie. So stating you "up-voted this", "gave a 4-star rating", or highlighting the documented action may be more appropriate and user-friendly than a "thank you" message.

You may also want to consider posting something like this on the User Experience Exchange, http://ux.stackexchange.com/

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