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This is just a minor suggestion, but I think the "up arrow" button that appears in the action bar when selecting a comment on the Android app should be changed to "thumbs up".

After all, the button is used to give 'score' to a good (or amusing) comment. (Or, using the terminology of a certain social media, to "like" the comment.)

Yes, the website uses an up arrow to do this. But I don't think it is necessary to fully emulate this piece of interface in the context of a mobile app.

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  • Heh heh 😁. After all, the side effect is different from the upvote button on a Q or an A: upvotes on a Q/A moves the Q/A higher. Upvoting a Comment makes it not hidden when there are a lot of Comments. By making the symbol different, it kind of hints at the different effect of Upvoting vs 'Liking'.
    – pepoluan
    May 25 '16 at 2:28
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    We aren't a social media site. Why should we try to emulate one?
    – Catija StaffMod
    May 25 '16 at 2:41
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    This might fit in some third party app, but not in the official SE app. Its whole point is to emulate the actual SE sites. May 25 '16 at 9:46
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Upvoting a comment shouldn't be a sign of simply liking it. I'll let the comment upvote tooltip from the website explain:

this comment adds something useful to the post.

While in practice comments are often upvoted simply because they are "liked," we shouldn't be making the association between upvoting and the intended meaning that the comment is useful any weaker. Changing the up-arrow to a thumbs-up on any of the platforms would, in my opinion, make upvoting comments seem much more casual, thereby taking away from the intended signal.

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