I've noticed this on Hopscotch a lot now.
If I don't get # amount of likes, I'm quitting.
No one notices me, so I'm leavin.g Hopscotch
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I work so hard on a project and it only gets 4 likes! I'm soooo annoyed!!
Im really bad at this, so I'm deleting the app
I have seen a lot of negative things about popularity on Hopscotch. And, every time, I ask myself Why?. Why are a couple of words, so powerful in the sense of someone being recognized.
Coding is hard to understand. But in this technology age, people are more concerned about likes ON their project, then LIKING their project. But, just because you work hard on something that only gets 3 likes, doesn't mean it isn't an amazing project. As @oio said perfectly "You can't buy anything with likes. They don't do anything for you, really." In my opinion, people shouldn't get concerned about likes.
Back to the bolded statements. All but the last one involve likes in some sort of way. These are the major ways I've seen budding coders leave. Hopscotch is a place where you learn to code in a safe, kind environment. You don't get coding in an instant, it takes time to learn the ways. I've seen that a couple of words put in the right order, make a powerful impact on the viewer, and they will want the person to stay.
Don't beg for likes, and if you stay, you will be an amazing coder, one way or another.
Why are a couple words so powerful