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Are all the “+1” comments really necessary?

I see a lot of these and I think it's just noise... If you voted up, why does everyone need to know that you did it? Why brag about it? Especially since a lot of these are just to say "+1 for for this catchy phrase that you used somewhere in your answer and I find it really, really cool, so I am cool too, yaaay".

So if you just want to get to some helpful information, you have to filter through all these unnecessary replies. Considering that on several occasions I've had people remove my "Thank you" at the end of my question because that is considered "noise", I don't see why these types of comments should be out there and "tolerated".

marked as duplicate by Lance Roberts, Jon Seigel, random Aug 3 '11 at 17:16

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    Meh, just ignore them. They don't hurt anything. (Apparently I have a very different opinion from everyone else.) – jjnguy Aug 3 '11 at 11:40
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    +1 for asking this question – Cody Gray Aug 3 '11 at 11:40
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    +1 for gaining @Cody's approval – Antony Aug 3 '11 at 12:02
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    +1 for getting +2 – Lasse Vågsæther Karlsen Aug 3 '11 at 12:18
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    +1 for all the +1's – pootzko Aug 3 '11 at 12:21
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    it's the dual of "-1 for bar" – Nick Dandoulakis Aug 3 '11 at 12:29
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    -1 for this whole "comments are noise" meme. I don't get it. They're comments, not answers. So what if I want to point out a particularly good part of an answer in a comment? So what if I make a funny comment, derp? So what if my comment isn't constructive? Why people always pickin on comments? – Won't Aug 3 '11 at 12:57
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    Why do people demand comments for downvotes, but complain about upvote comments? – Marcelo Aug 3 '11 at 13:57
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    @Won't: +1 for...no, just +1 for that whole comment. You're absolutely right. Comments should have a lot more leeway than questions and answers. – Justin Morgan Aug 3 '11 at 14:06
  • @Marcelo: You don't really see those demands gaining any traction here on Meta.... – Cody Gray Aug 3 '11 at 14:46
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    @Cody After seeking for meta questions about demanding comments for down-votes, I can see the community isn't bothered about the anonymity/non-anonymity of the votes but rather about the noise caused by comments related to both of the cases. – Marcelo Aug 3 '11 at 15:24

No, this is not tolerated. These comments are almost universally agreed to be noise.

Whenever you see comments like this, flag them for moderator attention and they will be removed. The "too chatty" option is a good choice for a flag reason.


There might be a few edge cases where comments including the phrase +1 are usefully contributing something to the discussion. But between your judgment and the judgment of the moderator who processes the flag, I trust that these will be left behind while the noise is removed.

Related: Are all the "+1" comments really necessary?

Jeff agreed a long time ago that these are unnecessary, although he advised flagging as "noise", which is no longer offered as a flag reason.


If you see a comment that's just noise then flag it for moderator attention.

There is a fine line here. The comment:

+1 for mentioning this particular aspect

may be useful - it draws attention to the particular part of the answer that's the most relevant.

However, I agree that most of these are probably just noise (and I've probably been guilty of adding some myself).

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    +1 for showing the redeeming qualities of these comments. For that reason alone, I think it's best to just leave the comments be. – jjnguy Aug 3 '11 at 11:47
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    Consider the present case: I agree with you that emphasizing a specific portion of an answer is useful and valuable, but I don't agree that "most" of these are noise (most "+1" comments I've seen had some sort of explanation to make them useful). So I leave this comment to clarify the upvote I've just given you, and emphasize the value of that specific point. What better example could there be? – Justin Morgan Aug 3 '11 at 14:13
  • I don't get it. Is jjnguy's comment supposed to be a joke? Because it doesn't add anything to the answer that isn't immediately apparent upon reading it. 2/3 of what Chris has posted covers the redeeming qualities of these comments specifically. Why do you need to tell us that that's why you +1ed his answer? Just +1 it and be quiet about it. – Cody Gray Aug 3 '11 at 14:48

You can always flag them as "not constructive" or "too chatty" and let a moderator decide whether they are noise. Occasionally, I think it is constructive for someone to record their rationale for an upvote, but by and large this has the potential to be abused.

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