Atlassian Confluence is a fine product, but so far it has been lacking an important feature - there was no way to show your approciation of somebody's contributions (pages, blog posts, even comments), other than by commenting on them. This was in stark contract with places like Google+ or Facebook, where you can simply click a "+1" or "Like" button to quickly say that you like what somebody said.
To address that, we have created a simple, but powerful Confluence plugin - the Approver.
This plugin adds a widget to your Confluence pages, in a form of a "Thumbs up" button with a small counter. When you click this button, you annnounce to everybody that can read the page that you "approve" ("like", "+1") the content just above it. The widget appears at the bottom of every page, as well as next to each comment. Whan you click the button, it turns to blue, so that you know whether or not you already "approved". When you click the counter, you are shown a list of everybody who also "approved"
But wait, there is more. In addition to this button, Approver can optionally add Google+'s "+1" and Facebook's "Like" buttons to every page or comment. This lets you share your opinions about the content with the whole world. Enable and use these with caution though - they expose your Confluence URLs (but not the content) to everybody on Google+ or Facebook. So if you consider these URLs secret, you should disable this option.
Approver can be downloaded from our web page at http://approver.spartez.com/, or from Atlassian Plugin Exchange
Here are some screenshots of Approver in action
|closeup of all buttons on a page|
|full page with Approver buttons and approvers list|