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Ben Halpern for The DEV Team

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Our Dear Unicorn Friend is Going on Vacation

We are making design adjustments to Forem (the open-source codebase that powers DEV and other communities).

We are removing the unicorn icon from the current set of possible reactions, and making room for an indicator of how many comments there are in the discussion — alongside "like" and "bookmark".

There are a few drivers of this design decision:

  • Members cannot easily view how many comments are in the discussion and easily scroll there.
  • The unicorn, as it stands, is pretty confusing for a lot of folks.
  • We want to build towards a more fun and expressive end state in terms of how these reactions work.

We are planning to re-institute the unicorn as a set of customizable secondary reactions which can be unique to each Forem, and possibly change for fun from time to time.

Anticipate the final result being something like this, but open source and more funky!

fb reactions


As mentioned, the unicorn has caused a good amount of confusion, here are a few of the hundreds of posts on this subject.

Part of the fun of the unicorn is that it means nothing in particular, it's just there. However, we can have that fun without the clutter. And that is the plan.

This change will go live later this week.

Feel free to comment on some other reactions we may want to implement on DEV once we get to the "fully customized" state. 😇


The unicorn will (eventually) be back and better than ever

unicorn

Happy coding! 🦄

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Kasper Andreassen

So you guys are basically a servant of Lord Voldemort, slaying an innocent unicorn?

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Rest in peace, sweet prince 🦄

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Jima Victor

Dev team: Avada Kedavra

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Kasope Johnson

😭😭😭

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Tyler Smith

🦄 (unicorn reaction)

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Oskar Lauritsen

😭😭😭

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Mahmoud Harmouch

I like how the URL of this post ends with: idm - I don't mind. So our dear lovely creature is ok with that decision. Legend says it could be a wild coincidence.

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Ben Halpern Author

Ha, that's great.

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Manuel Artero Anguita • Edited on

I'd really just replace the boring 🧡 by the 🦄.

🧡

  • i like this
  • nothing new
  • lack of personality

🦄

  • I unicorn this
  • rainbow
  • it's a unicorn babe.
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Raí B. Toffoletto

This! Please this.

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Michael Tharrington (he/him)

cartoon unicorn with humanoid body using hula hoop with arms crossed, only shown from waist up, thankfully

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Thomas Bnt

Whatever, I unicorned (liked + unicorn) this post.

This post was unicorned

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Diner Das • Edited on

Gone but not forgotten 🦄

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Pandita

I'm sad about the unicorn :'( I always loved to click it as a way to EXTRA like a post XD

I do want to mention that I really miss Dev's retro feeling (and the pink theme), I know WHY it had to change, but... I still miss it.

Hopefully the unicorn comes back soon!

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jmau111⭐

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Wj

lol

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Daniel Schulz

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Question: How is this going to be solved in the API? I'm using positive_reactions_count on my blog to display those sweet sweet likes. Are they going away?

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Ben Halpern Author

Historical unicorns are still present and part of the count.

And once the unicorn returns in the new format, they'll also still be there.

For the time being, folks can't create new unicorns, but everything else stays in place.

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Daniel Schulz

Awesome.
And I love that fact that you now have to deal with historical unicorns.

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Chris Jarvis

The Unicorn was the GOAT.

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Ekim Cem Ülger

This is the first ( and probably the last) post that has more unicorns than likes :)

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Ekim Cem Ülger

Wait, can't you unicorn comments? nvm.

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Vincent A. Cicirello

No. Comments just have the heart reaction. I wonder whether the UI update will change that?

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Ekim Cem Ülger

Maybe a new type, "downicorn" ? better then unlike

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Freddy González

I thought the unicorn was meant that a post was unique or like finding a magic creature so it was worth reading. 🦄

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F53

F

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Wj

!! pretty rude, I must say...

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F53

?

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The Jared Wilcurt

You're telling me I made this gif for nothing!

Hearts and Unicorns, requested by Stephen Colbert

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Vincent A. Cicirello

It's funny how there are more unicorns on this post than hearts. I know I gave it a unicorn to honor DEV's unicorn friend as they leave us.

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