What's with the πŸ¦„?

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So, I've been on dev.to for a while now and I have yet to figure out or decide exactly what to do with the unicorn πŸ¦„ reaction to posts.

My thoughts so far end with you'd use it if a post is one of a kind, a unicorn you might say. (I'll see myself out)

But really, I'm curious what your thoughts are and if I just missed something massive that tells me exactly what it is. Thanks in advance 😊

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Sometimes you just want to drop a unicorn on something.


How can I drop a unicorn on this comment ha? Wait, πŸ¦„!


I use it as "I like the content very much", sort of a super like.
I know different people give it different meanings, that's why it's a mythical creature :D


"That's why it's a mythical creature." Well that's a great way to sum it up.


Rating systems are a pretty interesting problem

I'd be interested to hear @ben or who designed this feature's thoughts. [what does this button do?] buttons can be very informative if used right.


Unicorns typically represent an especially positive connotation in our industry. Unicorn devs, unicorn companies, it’s the things that are wonderful.

Emoji reactions are always a bit abstract and I made no effort to dictate the purposes.

One thing to note: I’d like to have a longer list of reaction types you can choose from like in Slack, just haven’t gotten around to building that out, or even describing it to others.


Ooo, now that would be really awesome. Maybe now that dev.to is open source the community could lend a hand.

Yeah, definitely. A good part of the issue is fickle UI/product stuff, which is a bit harder to get contribution on at this point, but anything we can do to improve the code and make it more moldable is helpful!


I've always considered it to mean "Great idea, but you're dreaming, it'll never be implemented" A bit sad if it turns out people actually use it to support an idea as actually being a useful one! Oh the vaguries of emotions! πŸ€¦β€β™‚οΈ


Sorry to be the bearer of bad news but so far you're the only one who uses it this way, at least on my little post here.

I'd definitely be interested to hear if anyone else uses it this way too.


The devs might misuse it as a popcorn, not a unicorn ;)


I always thought that Unicorn was an insulting. It's just a cultural thing. Drug addicted people see unicorns and I thought voting with unicorn was a real dislike for the post owner. But then I read what it really was. Still don't use it :P


I tend to use it when I find something extremely good or when I determine that it requires a lot of expertise/skill to write/demo about, I'm picky with my unicorns :P


Following what rhymes and Angel have said, I always interpreted it as "surreal" content πŸ˜„

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