Here is a breakdown of the icons found in the LoudCloud discussion forums!
This icon indicates that this is a substantive post. That means your instructor has given you participation credit for your post. This icon won’t ever appear next to your initial reply to the discussion question. Note that the icon doesn’t mean you’ve received full participation points. Always be sure to check your grade book for your grade and instructor feedback!
This icon means that the post was posted by the instructor.
This icon means that your initial response to the discussion question has been graded.
This icon means you liked a post.
This icon is just like Facebook and means that either your instructor or a fellow classmate liked your post. The number next to the thumbs up indicates that number of people that have liked your post.