The plus one post

Recently, let's say in the past year, I saw a growing number of email messages on the KDE lists with the following content only:


This is getting annoying for me. I get a nice notification from KMail about the messages arrived, and if I saw that it came to some folder that I'm interested in, I look at the message. And many times it contains nothing, but a +1. I can understand the urge to express support for an idea, a person, but please, think about it twice before doing so. These days it is not about abusing my / the worlds bandwidth, as we use more to share "stuff", it is about abusing the time of the readers.

Thanks for reading.

PS: Although I never lived in the US and missed the early times of internet chats, I still remember the AOL! jargon.


+1, Would read again.

By martin sandsmark at Tue, 08/25/2009 - 22:02

Wouldn't a lengthier reply expressing exactly the same as "+1" abuse your time even more?

There are circumstances where people are required to give their thumbs up/down for something to move forward, and that's a concise way to do it.

By eike hein at Wed, 08/26/2009 - 08:42

Yes, if it doesn't add value.

Do you always say "me too" in a group when somebody says something you agree with? What would happen if just half of subscribers to a mailing list would say +1 for every mail they agree with?

This is nothing more, but common sense. If I don't add value to a post, I rather shut up, instead of writing a single +1. The worse is when the +1 in somewhere "hidden" in the mail, between the previous replies.

PS: Of course there are certain cases when just expressing your agreement makes sense, but in most cases I read it did not.

By amantia at Thu, 08/27/2009 - 09:48

+1. Sort of an overflow from IRC IIAC...

By Ruurd Pels at Wed, 08/26/2009 - 12:37

me too

By simon edwards at Wed, 08/26/2009 - 19:20