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From "Alan D. Cabrera" <>
Subject Re: Ode proposal
Date Sun, 19 Feb 2006 16:05:44 GMT
Craig McClanahan wrote, On 2/18/2006 11:46 PM:
> On 2/18/06, Berin Lautenbach <> wrote:
>>Alan D. Cabrera wrote:
>>>OT: I dislike the current trend of people using +1, -1, for simple
>>>conversations.  It confuses people and should be reserved for votes.
>>The use of +1/-1 for conversations (as apposed to votes) is very common
>>through the ASF.  I've always rather liked it personally.  It's a very
>>"ASF" thing.
> +1.  :-)
> What's been quite interesting is to see this convention being used in
> contexts outside the ASF as well ... the underlying message is that
> consensus building is important, plus the ability of contributors to
> consisely indicate "yes I agree" or "no, I disagree," plus the ability to
> express shades of opinion between these extremes.  IMHO, that is absolutely
> the best social impact of this concept ... if you make a +1 or -1 comment,
> you have to be pretty totally commited to (or against) a particular
> approach.  On the other hand, *not* expressing a +1 or -1 gives you lots of
> opportunities to build consensus in the middle, by recognizing that both
> extremes will often have perfectly valid points to have been made, and that
> compromise is a reasonable strategy.

Nicely put Craig.


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