It does kind of annoy me that to date we've gotten no explanation whatsoever for So Raven. Also that there were stats compiled on the bro? icon... I feel we're being experimented upon.
It's self explanatory surely?
Oh, yes yes I know what So Raven is.
I don't know why
Oh. Err. I don't really understand.
Can you explain why for agree & awesome?
[note, I've included the quotes above for context]
Agree lets us agree with posts without having to quote them and say I Agree
Awesome lets us indicate when we really like something, without running a separate forum with upvotes or quoting it to say how Awesome it is.
Bro let us express solidarity with bad news or frustration. SE++ Job thread or D&D [chat] were the archetypal examples of this. Of course because of treehousing on the forum, some subs used it ironically to mock people, which was disappointing.
So Raven is for why? It seems to almost be intended to fuck with the users, or be an experiment in how a basically useless button can be co-opted by a community for a purpose with shared understanding. Neither of those are (imo) good goals.
Or maybe it's for when somebody says something that's very stereotypical of himself? The actual meaning of "that's so raven" in the context of the show? If so, it's also basically useless because who cares about that reaction from a community standpoint, unless the intention is to do so in a critical
manner, which is how it's now often used. It's dismissive - "Oh there's no need to grapple with what this person said, it's just him being himself again lol w/e".
None of those guesses (again, imo) are positive for community development. They add nothing of note or usefulness to the forum, and possibly add a negative component that's corrosive to the community, however small that effect might be.
I dislike ambiguous reactions; in a text medium, more ambiguity is the last thing we need, and systems that let us casually be mean to each other are also not a thing we need. That's why the Dislike button is gone!
tl;dr what is the story with So Raven? A couple months into the addition, it seems mildly unpleasant and counterproductive.