Aug 23, 2013

    Why 'Ouch' is 'Enraged' again

    STOMP has loyal readers who are concerned about what happens on the site.

    One reader, Wendy, wrote in to suggest that the "Ouch" button on the Mood Meter be changed to "Enraged", as that better represents the anger that STOMP readers feel after reading certain stories, such as those about child abuse.

    The Mood Meter allows readers to express how they feel after reading an article, by clicking on buttons that represent different emotions.

    Here is the e-mail message from Wendy: "I noticed that you've dropped 'Enraged' from your Mood Meter and replaced it with 'Ouch'.

    "I'm not sure if 'Ouch' is meant to convey the emotion of anger, but it just doesn't cut it.

    "When we read a story that makes us extremely indignant - like of child abuse - we get enraged (unless it is some trivial story about someone getting fleeced of a couple of bucks).

    "Please bring back 'Enraged' in your Mood Meter.

    "It's a great shared emotion among STOMP readers, especially when we read some of your heavier, human-interest stories that have good moral lessons."

    STOMP welcomes constructive feedback and has adopted Wendy's suggestion.

    So, out with "Ouch" and in with "Enraged" again.

    The other emotions on the Mood Meter - there are eight - include "LOL", "Bochup" and "Shiok".