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I know it's pretty minor, but the /about page on Stack Overflow should be exemplary to some extent, right? I wouldn't mind seeing the "+1" from this comment removed.

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Since this page is aimed at newcomers, I feel it sets a less than optimal example. Do we agree that "+1/-1" in a comment is useless, at best?

When I started using SO I actually thought it was expected to do this, only because I saw it so much, so I imitated others and left a lot of comments leading with "+1".

I know there is a difference between "+1 Great answer" and "+1 but {useful information}" but I think it would be worth changing this example.

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cue ironic +1 comments – Wesley Murch Nov 8 '13 at 17:38
+1I wouldn't stop people putting +1 if they want to, but to actually present it as good practice! – Richard Tingle Nov 8 '13 at 17:38
You could flag the specific comment perhaps? – Martijn Pieters Nov 8 '13 at 17:39
@MartijnPieters I think you may have missed the point, and I'm fairly sure they aren't "hotlinked" (it's surely static HTML on that about page). – Wesley Murch Nov 8 '13 at 17:40
@WesleyMurch: The samples on the About page are taken from actual content (with the scores fudged). – Martijn Pieters Nov 8 '13 at 17:41
@MartijnPieters The comment is fine, no reason to flag, but using it as an example isn't really. We should put our best face forward. – Wesley Murch Nov 8 '13 at 17:42
-1 Great suggestion. – BoltClock's a Unicorn Nov 8 '13 at 17:42
@MartijnPieters So you're saying that if the OP deleted his comment it would be removed from the "about" page? I highly doubt it. In any case, that's not my point. The original content is fine, but I'm sure the Wizards at SE can remove those 2 characters in the about page. – Wesley Murch Nov 8 '13 at 17:43
@Martijn Pieters: We can't choose which sample comment gets displayed (I'm assuming they just pick the highest-scoring one that's visible). – BoltClock's a Unicorn Nov 8 '13 at 17:47
@BoltClock'saUnicorn: but you can pick a post from which comments are picked? – Martijn Pieters Nov 8 '13 at 17:47
@Martijn Pieters: Actually, I just did that, but that didn't seem to affect the about page. Not sure if the content is cached or stored for the about page, but it looks like another moderator just went and chose another question entirely. – BoltClock's a Unicorn Nov 8 '13 at 17:50
@Martijn Pieters: OK. (No, Stack Exchange, I would not like to automatically move this to chat.) – BoltClock's a Unicorn Nov 8 '13 at 17:53
It its live (or cached live) I can't help feeling this gives one or two people a real opportunity for a truly huge rage quit – Richard Tingle Nov 8 '13 at 17:53
Who's thinking about rage quitting? Over a +1? – Robert Harvey Nov 8 '13 at 17:56
Maybe it's not cached. I bet they copy/pasted it to fabricate the question/comment. – Josh Crozier Nov 8 '13 at 17:59

Super pedantic....

Does the +1 really matter?

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1+ For irony... – Josh Crozier Nov 8 '13 at 18:18
-1: this is only slightly pedantic. Not super. – Rosinante Nov 10 '13 at 0:35
-1 Just because. – user231078 Nov 10 '13 at 3:36

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