When you're collaborating online, you get fewer opportunities for high-fives and thumbs-ups. Emoji can be awarded to issues, merge requests, snippets, and virtually everywhere where you can have a discussion.
Award emoji make it much easier to give and receive feedback without a long comment thread. Comments that are only emoji will automatically become award emoji.
Introduced in GitLab 8.5.
You can quickly sort issues and merge requests by the number of votes they have received. The sort options can be found in the dropdown menu as "Most popular" and "Least popular".
The total number of votes is not summed up. An issue with 18 upvotes and 5 downvotes is considered more popular than an issue with 17 upvotes and no downvotes.
Introduced in GitLab 8.9.
Award emoji can also be applied to individual comments when you want to celebrate an accomplishment or agree with an opinion.
To add an award emoji, click the smile in the top right of the comment and pick an emoji from the dropdown. If you want to remove an award emoji, just click the emoji again and the vote will be removed.