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

From: Philippe Verdy (
Date: Sun Jan 11 2009 - 12:04:53 CST

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     Karl Pentzlin écrit le jeudi 8 janvier 2009 à 10:23 :
    > Am Donnerstag, 8. Januar 2009 um 00:00 schrieb Rick McGowan:
    > RM> Receiving an e-mail that says merely "+1" -- i.e.,
    > exactly one bit
    > RM> of information -- followed by the /complete /note that
    > was just sent
    > RM> by someone else is annoying. It's like, 1000/1 noise to signal.
    > 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.
    > Scanning through a large bunch of lenghty mails while being
    > time constrained, a "+1" is perceived faster than any text
    > like "I agree to this" (at least by me).

    Me too.

    > Like an emoticon.

    Not really. An abbreviation yes, but for me it means "add me (one person) to
    the number of supporters that agree this option". In some way it is
    associated with an informal poll, transforming a discusion into a proposal
    for adoption (something that the initial poster proably dit not expect using
    this form). So for me the "+1" reply is very impolite and abusive. If sent
    alone without more things, this can create confusion. If there are additonal
    comments after it to clarify things, what is the interest of "+1" ? Create a
    distinct poll with clear votes, but "+1" is certainly the worst thing to
    send in a reply.

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