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Guys suck at it. Stop beating around the bush and just say what you mean. Some guys will pick up on the signs, but the ones who are best at it might not be the ones you want to be with.
Probably most guys will notice "something" but will be majorly unsure what it means, so there is a very good chance they'll just ignore it.
Just communicate already. We have words for a reason, so use them.
"do we have to literally tell them that we like them?"
Yes yes yes. Seriously what the fuck? That secret cryptography shit is annoying as hell. Speak. With words. Nouns and verbs - forget the adjectives, adverbs, articles, prepositions, wink wink, playing with hair and all the rest of it.