Re: +1/-1 in e-mail comments (was: Emoji: emoticons vs. literacy)

From: Doug Ewell (
Date: Thu Jan 08 2009 - 08:39:31 CST

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    Karl Pentzlin <karl dash pentzlin at acssoft dot de> wrote:

    > In a discussion driven by opinions (besides facts), as the emoji
    > discussion is, "+1" carries more than one bit of information as it is
    > to perceived in conjunction with the name of the sender.

    +1 is useful when the purpose of the message is to present only that one
    bit of information. Sometimes that is true, and adding more will only
    complicate the discussion. Other times there is more to be said.

    But quoting the entire post being responded to, without any attempt to
    edit out the irrelevant parts, is seldom helpful and almost always
    maddening, whether the response is +1 or something more substantial.

    Doug Ewell  *  Thornton, Colorado, USA  *  RFC 4645  *  UTN #14  ˆ

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