Tuesday, January 7, 2020

The business of upvoting

I have only recently discovered that a curious, even ridiculous feature of my work email at the library is that it is possible to upvote emails. So someone sends around an all staff email like "A box of DVD cases seems to have gone awol in the delivery. If you see it around please let me know." And there is a little thumbs up near the top right of the message where I could, if I so desire, click. 

One upvote.

Someone liked it!

In my exhaustive research for this post I learned that not only does it show how many people liked an email, but it even shows who! I feel like I've discovered a little universe here, with an emphasis on "little". Not many people seem to take part in this upvoting feature. Or, fairly speaking, maybe almost everyone does, but most people can't find any message they quite like enough.

Still, I've learned a few things from the votes. For instance the head of automation tends to get a couple upvotes on his messages, even when they're dry as can be. One of them is always some mysteriously random name I've never heard before. No one upvotes our branch manager, which makes sense I guess. It doesn't seem like it would suit him, all that fuss. The Circulation Manager gets upvoted only by people outside of circulation. I think they're trying to cheer him up.

The biggest number of upvotes I've seen on any all-staff email is the one we got from the library director wishing us a Happy New Year. The upvoters on that email were exactly who I'd think they would be, a more aloof, ambitious group. I was not inclined to think well of any of them. Well, actually, one of them was okay because I found in my research that that person upvotes pretty much everything by anyone.

I think from now on I'm going to cc her on all my messages.


  1. Thumbs up on this blog entry!

    1. Whoa, thumbs up! And I thumbs up your comment. But I can't find the button. Where's the button!!!!!???????!!!1


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