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Has someone written a good blog post or page on Confluence? Or has someone added a comment that you agree with? Click the Like button to them know. 

Confluence has like buttons on every page, blog post and comment. If enough people like a page or post, it will show on the dashboard's 'Popular' tab. The information in the 'Recommended Updates' email message is based on the number of peoplewho have liked the content.

Liking a page, blog post or comment

Click the Like button to let people know that you agree with or enjoy a page, blog post or comment. Click Unlike to remove your name from the list of people who like the content.

You can also see:

  • Up to three names of people in your network who have most recently liked the content.
  • A link showing the number of people who have liked the comment. For example, 19 people like this. Click the link to see the names. At the top of the list are people in your network, sorted with the most recent likes first. Then follow other people, also sorted chronologically with the most recent first.

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Screenshot: The Like button at the bottom of a page and on comments

Effects of liking content

When you like a page, blog post or comment:

  • The author of the content receives a notification.
  • People in your network receive a notification. They will receive the notification only if they do not already know about the content. Let's assume Arthur is in your network. Arthur will not  receive a notification if:
    • Someone else in his network has already liked the content.
    • Arthur himself has already liked the content.
    • Arthur has already commented on it.
    • In the case of a threaded comment, Arthur has already replied to the comment.
  • If enough people like the content, it will appear on the 'Popular' tab of the dashboard.
  • Similarly, if the content is popular enough it will appear in the 'Recommended Updates' summary sent out by email.

Disabling the 'like' feature

The functionality is provided by a plugin called the 'Confluence Like Plugin'. To remove the 'like' functionality from your site, you can disable the plugin. See Disabling or Enabling a Plugin

Disabling notifications when your content is 'liked'

There are two ways to turn the 'someone likes your page' notifications off:

  1. Open an email notification of a like, and click Manage Notifications
  2. Go to _<your confluence URL>/plugins/likes/view-notifications.action_

 

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  1. Great new feature. Is there a macro that would create a list of pages sorted by the number of "likes"? This would make it quite easy to create a scoring system for ideas (reminiscent of the broken "rate" macro).

  2. I'm curious to see if the "Like" ability can be moved to the top of the page; which would make it more useful.

    1. Anonymous

      Here is my shameless plug.  You can move / hide on a page-by-page basis or move them all globally. 

      https://marketplace.atlassian.com/plugins/precog.favoritesextension

      1. I went ahead and made this free:

        https://marketplace.atlassian.com/plugins/precog.favoritesextension

        I don't anticipate its core functionality (hiding and moving the likes / favorites buttons) changing significantly, so get while the getting is good.  

        The macro displaying what is liked is pretty rudimentary and may updated later, however.

        1. Released a version that is officially free (1.0.2) (likes plugin).   There was a bug in it before that was requiring licensing.   Apologies to the anonymous user who bumped into it and the list for spamming it.   I'll try not to do so in the future. 

  3. Anonymous

    please vote for this feature https://jira.atlassian.com/browse/CONF-26078

    to add parameters so we can change the location of the Like plugin

  4. Is there a way to disable the LIKE button only for a specific page (and not entirely)? E.g. it doesn't look very nice if we have LIKE button on a page were we have list of people who are leaving the company.

    1. There is no built in way of doing this.

      One fairly straightforward approach would be for you to write a custom plugin. The basic approach would be to serve a small Javascript to the 'viewcontent' context. This Javascript would check the page title and hide/remove the like stuff if the page title matched a list you have provided.

      You would access the page title using AJS.Meta.get("page-title").

      Tutorials are available.

      1. What about a macro for those who aren't up to writing plugins?

        1. I was thinking of writing one and delivering it on the marketplace (i.e., it would cost some money) with these features (custom / multiple placement, appears on some pages and only some types of pages, and summary / rollup display similar to metafilter).    I'm not sure if I could use the current likes infrastructure.  Probably you will have to disable it yourself, though it might be possible to import the older version.  

          1 - any interest (i.e., worth paying for?)

          2 - what do you think would be the most important

  5. Anonymous

    I suddenly lost of the LIKE recorded  on all the pages edited on a particular space. What could be the reason that behaviour?

    1. Definitely worth contacting http://support.atlassian.com if you need help with this.

  6. Anonymous

    "Confluence has like buttons on every page, blog post and comment. " Effective which release?

    Is the Confluence Like plugin available for earlier versions?

  7. Anonymous

    In which version of Confluence is the 'Confluence Like Plugin' available? I searched for it in the Marketplace, but was not able to find it, so that I can check the supported version by myself.

     

  8. Anonymous

    Please provide an option to disable the "Like" and Comments on pages.  Some pages need a "Professional" appearance without this feature.

  9. As an admin, is there some way to see a rolled-up view of how people are using Like's (similar to the KBSurvey plugin results)

  10. In which version of Confluence is the 'Confluence Like Plugin' available?

    The Like button was released in Confluence 4.2, see Confluence 4.2 Release Notes.

    Please provide an option to disable the "Like" and Comments on pages.

    We don't have any plans to add options to this functionality. As per Paul's comment above you could write a plugin to manage this.

    is there some way to see a rolled-up view of how people are using Like's

    Unfortunately no, there's no way to see this from the front end. Likes are stored in the DB so you could write a script to do this if you have access. It's an interesting idea though, I've raised a ticket here, would be great if you could comment with any more details on what you're looking for:  CONF-27231 - Report on Likes usage Open

  11. Anonymous

    Maybe this will be helpful: http://www.likebtn.com

  12. Could these "likes" affect the page's popularity for search results?

    1. Anonymous

      Its a pretty easy feature to add.  I'm going to add it to the next version of this plugin:

      https://marketplace.atlassian.com/plugins/ZFIN.instantsearch

      There are a few things that you can do with it:

      1 - filter in or out based on number of likes

      2 - show # of likes for each piece of content

      3 - sort by # of likes first

      I'm not sure if I can do #3 and keep good performance, but the first 2 should be trivial.  

       

       

       

       

       

      1. Thanks but that's another plugin we'd have to purchase and we're looking to limit plugin dependencies.

        Also, we use a third-party search engine. Wouldn't help us much there. But good luck with your instantsearch

      2. Anonymous

        FYI . . these have been added as of March 3rd.   I apologize if you were looking for these features before hand.  Let me know if there is something lacking.  

        1. I apologize . . replied to the wrong comment.  

          The plugin https://marketplace.atlassian.com/plugins/ZFIN.instantsearch works with Confluence's native search based on Lucene, which allows it be very fast as well as work on non-public wiki's.  Anyway, there are versions for  for 3.5-4.3.7 (and soon 5), but that won't help with 3rd-party engine.  

        2. I like some of the ideas this plugin brings but it still doesn't answer my question. Let me rephrase it this way: Can likes influence the page rankings in a search result?

          1. It does not appear that they do:  Ranking of Search Results   

            Looks like it a content search, only.  It would be good to add it as a feature request (not sure if it will get implemented, but it makes sense).  

            My plugin can be easily made to sort by likes first, and then by the confluence ranking, second.  In theory, I could use any back-end search engine, but I that would be a conversation more appropriate off of this forum.  

             

          2. I came across this and felt that it might be interesting.  Using a plugin you can alter the boosting strategy for lucene.  But again, that won't help you for a 3rd-party search.   

            https://developer.atlassian.com/display/CONFDEV/Lucene+Boosting+Strategy+Module

            Looks like AppFusion has something else well.  This thread might be relevant to you. 

            https://answers.atlassian.com/questions/27288/customizing-of-search-results-ranking

             

  13. hi, I lost all my Likes on a page.

    Can you please let me know how can someone remove all likes of a certain page? and how I can restore them?

    thank you.

    1. Do you mean you lost the view of the likes / unlikes disappeared or that all of the previously "liked" things are now "unliked"?  

      If its the latter, I don't think that like has any history so you would have to go to a previous version, collect the likes and re-apply them programmatically using the REST api (not fun).  

      If its the former, you may want to check the page for javascript errors and post those.    Hopefully someone just put something in the global header file that messed it up.  

    2. Hi Elie, I can't think of anything that would do this off the top of my head, so I'd recommend raising a support request at https://support.atlassian.com, and our Support team can go through the logs and help you figure out what happened.

  14.  

    Is there any way where we have two icons 'Likes(Thumbs Up) and Unlike(Thumbs Down), so that user can like or dislike.

    what is happening now is, User can't unlike until unless he likes it before which is kind of weird one. As a User I can like or dislike at any poin tof time.

     

    1. No.  You can only up vote.  

      There are various ranking plugins you could use, though, that would achieve the same result.  

  15. Anonymous

    Can somebody make plugin with 'Dislike' button? It's more helpful instead of just 'Like'

    1. Are you wanting the ability to upvote / downvote material like stackoverflow or Atlassian Answers?  Is this something you would pay for? 

       

       

       

    2. In fact I developed this. But It's not altogether new plugin. I updated the confluence-likes plugin. and added couple of unlikes related java classes in confluence source.

    3. In fact I developed this. But It's not altogether new plugin. I updated the confluence-likes plugin. and added couple of unlikes related java classes in confluence source.