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January 31st, 2011
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A custom I'm encouraging
In comments to a good post about the emotional importance of Persephone, kassrachel says

In one of the online communities where I am at home, there's a custom of leaving a pebble on a blog post when one doesn't have a substantive response to offer but wants to show that one has been there, that one is listening and has heard something which hit home. It's kind of like the Jewish custom of leaving a pebble on a headstone, to show that one has passed through. It looks like this:

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From:ashnistrike
Date:February 1st, 2011 03:49 am (UTC)
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That's a good custom--a bit like the "like" button on Facebook, but more presence than automatic approval. I've wished several times that FB had an "Ack!" button to complement the "like" button. "Like" seems entirely inappropriate when someone is posting about troubles.
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From:dcseain
Date:February 1st, 2011 03:57 am (UTC)
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Agreed.
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From:orawnzva
Date:February 1st, 2011 03:29 pm (UTC)
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"Ack" could also be read, particularly by those with a technical background, as "acknowledge", which is of course what the pebble stands for.
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From:demonspawnmom
Date:February 1st, 2011 12:34 pm (UTC)
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It's a lovely idea.
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From:sodyera
Date:February 1st, 2011 01:27 pm (UTC)
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From:lysystratae
Date:February 1st, 2011 05:57 pm (UTC)
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just don't leave two of them or they'll think you're making a boob joke
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From:captain_button
Date:February 2nd, 2011 12:46 am (UTC)
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I've gotten into a semi-habit of either posting a frownie 8-({ or "Captain Button crosses his fingers for #poster."

I find I have a similar problem in chats, when someone is talking about their difficult situation and I run out of meaningful things to say but I don't want to fall silent and look like I don't care or have gone away.
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From:deor
Date:February 2nd, 2011 01:38 am (UTC)
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*nod*
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