Continuing the discussion from Put likes and replies in the bar, not between the posts:
It’s that time of the year again: I strongly dislike how the “x users liked this” text adds a newline with whitespace and crowds up a page if a lot of short posts have received likes.
That being said, Likes are special, and they deserve some extra attention. And because Likes are so special, I had an idea…
I moved them to their own special spot, to the left:
I really appreciate the way this emphasises Likes without making it a disturbance. The heart and text are also more harmonical when they share the same line.
The big troublemaker was always “N replies”, which occupies the left space. I removed the text and moved it directly adjacent to “Reply”. See Sam’s post in the middle.
I don’t find the lack of symmetry to be a big problem, but it could be improved by making the N-replies button the equivalent size of 1 or 2 icons.
Here’s the difference on narrow mobile (which excludes “N replies” entirely):
Considerably cleaner imo.