OK, this will sound silly, and forgive me if this sounds sexist, but personally I would like a more “manly” LIKE symbol when responding to a post- a manly thumbs up would be good, or even a simple smiley face.
couldn’t resist Lee, just joshin’ , a different icon would be fine with me.
That symbol is the default in Discourse (the forum software that runs the site).
It can be changed however… see this post by Jeff Atwood - the founder of Discourse and somewhat of an expert on building online communities.
Thumbs up would be a terrible way to emphasize the value we place on empathy. A heart, on the other hand, is strongly associated with empathy.
Hence the value of having it on every post.