I'm looking for suggestions on the endorsements of skills in LinkedIn. It will be used on a corporate platform where profiles have 1 or more skills.

Ideas so far are: "+1" or "like" (with a thumb up). In my opinion is the "+1" not very clear on what it means, and the "like" feels to informal to me.

Also thought about the "star", but we will also be using a "star" in the platform,to mark documents that you like. I'm worried that this will be confusing.

Do you have a suggestion on graphical representation to endorse someonse skill?

Background; I'm working on a corporate knowledge platform, where profiles exist. A user can add skills to his profile, chosen from predefined skills or fill in his own. Other users (colleagues) can endorse your skills.

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    If users are endorsing other users, then call it that. – Joshua Barron Aug 5 '13 at 14:23
  • If by 'graphical representation' you're asking for an icon request / suggestion, then I'm afraid that's off-topic for this site – JonW Aug 6 '13 at 7:36
  • Totally agree! I'm looking for graphical representation examples of endorsements. – Lisanne van Hooff Aug 6 '13 at 7:38
  • I feel the way you present endorsements lies in the users experience of a system – Lisanne van Hooff Aug 6 '13 at 7:39
  • maybe some form of a document icon with a +? – Nrgdallas Aug 6 '13 at 19:09

The whole idea behind endorsement is informing, that a person knows about some skill.

Endorse is a good word for that, because it incorporates both confirming and adding new skill. There are, however, other ways how to approach it, I think. You could add little +/- buttons next to each skill, which would work like the up/down arrows here, on StackExchange. It would extend the functionality a bit, because someone could say that a person does not possess a skill. You could also use e.g. 1-5 stars rating for the skills. There are just many ways how to apporach it.

Now, back to graphical representation - I know a thumb up is kinda related to Facebook, which can lead to misunderstanding. In this case, a [+] button seems to be better for that. If you plan also endorsing for new skills, you could actually split these two and use [Confirm] (that this person knows about something) and treat [Add new skill] separately.

  • Thanks Dominik, you gave the right interpretation on my question. I'm looking for graphical representations of endorsements! Still looking for different graphical representations though. I feel the + and -, I think some of our clients could appriciate it, but i expect most will be turn down. Feels a bit harsh to -1 skill on a colleague in public right? – Lisanne van Hooff Aug 6 '13 at 7:33
  • In a meanwhile i found some business web applications using "high five"! To me this feels a bit informal, but maybe easy to use; It feels more exciting and fun to high five a colleague instead of a formal "endorsement". – Lisanne van Hooff Sep 27 '13 at 13:39

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