Has anybody else noticed that for some of the most popularly solved problems, there will be 20 likes for it? For a problem with 3,000 people who have solved it! Really? As a matter of fact, the "like" and "reshare" and "favorite" buttons aren't there to look pretty (although they are marvelous, aren't they). I would really like to encourage more people to occasionally hit any one of those buttons. For example, I have like 300 followers, and I don't think this note will get more than 5 likes. Seriously. In fact, all of the above mentioned buttons DO serve a purpose:
Likes: when there are a lot of likes for a problem/note, it encourages others to view it. Remember the Law of Large numbers? It applies to liking, too! Pretend that all notes/problems have around 3 likes. Then the distinguishment between problems would be lacking. If all notes had in the 100's of likes, then it would be clear how "good" that note/problem is!
Reshares: One of the things that makes Brilliant awesome is the social media aspect of it that allows people to interact and work together on challenging problems. To circulate good problems, it is vital that people reshare problems! The other thing that is critical to this is the following:
Following: Following allows you to see others problems (otherwise what would be the point :P of Brilliant). For those of you who follow "only the most distinguished problem-posters", the only thing that would allow you to see lots of good problems (besides those "elite" few) would be those people resharing! It's all connected! And the people who reshare problems have seen that the problems are popular and deserve to be spread!