Did You ever refrain from clicking 'This is a great comment' just becase you think that it is not that great, but you still find it valuable? I think that if this hint was 'this is useful comment', I would click it more. Do you have this feeling too or is it just me?

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Seems pedantic. –  snicker Nov 6 '09 at 21:52
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@snicker: I thought your comment was great, though not particularly useful. Luckily under the current verbiage guidelines, that justified my upvote of it. –  John Rudy Nov 6 '09 at 21:53
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Wait, the only requirement for upvoting a comment is that it be great? How do you jerks justify it when you don't upvote every single comment I make? I'm weaving straw into gold for you ingrates. –  Hilarious Comedy Pesto Nov 6 '09 at 22:17
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@Pesto: I'm so not upvoting that. –  John Rudy Nov 6 '09 at 22:33
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@LukLed: For what it's worth, based on the votes on this question at least two people agreed with you, and at least two didn't. I didn't feel strongly enough about it one way or the other to bother voting. Welcome to Meta. –  John Rudy Nov 6 '09 at 22:34
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@John: I thought your comment was great, though not particularly useful. Luckily under the current verbiage guidelines, that justified my upvote of it. –  snicker Nov 6 '09 at 22:37
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@snicker: +1 for retweeting, I mean blatant plagiarism. :) –  John Rudy Nov 6 '09 at 22:41
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@John: Was the title changed to "this is a plagiarized comment"? It still reads "This comment is OUTSTANDING!" to me (Greasemonkey script) –  snicker Nov 7 '09 at 0:33
    
@snicker: +1 for the greasemonkey solution. Now I can finally go to sleep calm: "This comment was useful". –  LukLed Nov 7 '09 at 0:41
    
+1 "this question is useful and clear" :) –  Ether Nov 7 '09 at 0:57
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"you should upvote this comment, you should upvote this comment" (Greasemonkey script) –  perbert Nov 10 '09 at 3:04
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The verbiage : This is a Great Comment is used because +1 Insightful, +1 Funny, +1 Interesting were taken.

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I gotta give some upvote love for /. –  John Rudy Nov 6 '09 at 22:40
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If it was a comment, I could give +1 for Funny, but the hint on upvoting says 'This answer is useful'... –  LukLed Nov 6 '09 at 23:27
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+1 Useful couldn't possibly exist in /. –  perbert Nov 6 '09 at 23:41
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+1 Insightful, Voyager. –  George Stocker Nov 7 '09 at 2:56
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I'm not convinced that we need to soften that language. If the language makes you not want to click, then I say don't. I don't know that we need to encourage zillions of comment upvotes unnecessarily.

In other words, if you think the comment is great, click it. If you don't, don't. If you feel the comment is useful, but not quite up to great standards, but you still want to click it ... Go right ahead. Not gonna hurt anybody in any event. :)

And who knows, your vote might the one which pushes someone into a Pundit badge.

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I didn't ask to soften language. I asked if your feelings are similar:) It seems that they are not:) –  LukLed Nov 6 '09 at 22:04
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Fair 'nuff. But since that comment's not great, I totally can't upvote it ... :) (Sorry, now I'm being pedantic. It's Friday afternoon; none of this is personal. :) ) –  John Rudy Nov 6 '09 at 22:32
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You could try to apply the same logic to the upvote and downvote buttons. Sometimes I want to upvote an answer, but It's not useful but it's something else :P

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