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From "Craig McClanahan" <>
Subject Re: Ode proposal
Date Sun, 19 Feb 2006 07:46:11 GMT
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.

>         Berin

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