Am I the only one that finds all the "+1" comments annoying?

An example comment might look something like "+1 nice answer".

These sorts of comments, without any kind of explanation or exposition, but a mindless "yeah me too!", don't add to the answer; they just add noise to the discussion. The whole purpose of up-voting an answer is to indicate that the answer is useful or correct, so if all you have to say is "me too", then doesn't an upvote or downvote suffice for that?

It seems to me that if you've already upvoted, there's no need to follow up with a comment of "+1 blah blah blah" when the comment you're adding does not add something meaningful to the answer or the discussion of it.

I wish there was a way to down-vote these non-value added comments.

(ed: now you can! flag noise comments with the new comment flag reason of "noise" )


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I like to give a reason for my upvotes often times to give more context. I like to point out what exactly I agree with or to strike up points in which the author of the question/answer may have not included.

If you don't like it, then don't read them.

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    I think I'm interpreting this as how I tend to see the +1 comments used - I've seen a fair bit of "+1 for [half the content]", where they agree with part of the answer, but there's no way to only give a half vote. Sample: stackoverflow.com/questions/998998/…
    – Margaret
    Aug 19, 2009 at 10:26

I agree, I don't like them either. I'm actually ok with flagging meaningless comments like this, since

  • there's no actual penalty to the user when a flagged comment is removed
  • the flagging comment process is basically 100% automated and doesn't require any mod intervention

Incidentally, this is why we require 50 rep for comments, to stave off the mindless stuff until people get their training wheels.

edit: added "noise" as reason for comment flagging. Please use it on egregious non-value add comments that are noise and not signal.

  • so if we flag comments, are they just automatically removed when there are x flags (without mod intervention)?
    – a_m0d
    Aug 19, 2009 at 2:37
  • how many flags can we do per day? Aug 19, 2009 at 3:46
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    oops! i accidentally flagged your comment as a "+1 nice answer" comment Aug 19, 2009 at 3:48
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    how many flags does it take before the comment is removed?
    – a_m0d
    Aug 19, 2009 at 5:38
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    Then why does the mouseover text say "flag this comment as offensive, spam, or hate speech"? It doesn't say "flag is if this comment is redundant and contributes nothing".
    – Ether
    Aug 19, 2009 at 6:21
  • @Jeff Like a_m0d asked, how many flags does it take to auto delete? I would hope it is more than one?
    – Troggy
    Aug 19, 2009 at 6:47
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    Could you add, "pointless comment" or such among the reasons to flag a comment?
    – random
    Aug 19, 2009 at 6:50
  • @Random - Doesn't "noise" qualify?
    – Margaret
    Aug 19, 2009 at 10:30
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    So if I dislike someone criticizing my post, I can automatically delete their comment if I flag it as noise?
    – hyperslug
    Aug 19, 2009 at 15:09
  • @Margaret: random asked that prior to the change that added "noise". @hyperslug: you'd have to convince others to also flag it.
    – Shog9
    Aug 19, 2009 at 17:26
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    (-1) I disagree. I think that a problem that is endemic on the internet is people hiding in anonymity. Contrary to that, if people feel the need to attach their names to their actions, I feel that we shouldn't punish them, even if the punishment is simply 'comment' removal. Although I do approve of the "noise" flag reason, I don't think that "+1 I agree" is quite that problematic.
    – devinb
    Aug 19, 2009 at 20:35
  • Is this still the case?
    – Wes
    May 1, 2011 at 10:42

A "-1 this answer opens a remote root exploit" or the like, seems reasonable: you've down-voted the answer because it's a bad answer, but also told the poster "that was me, and here's why". Otherwise the poster may be left scratching their head wondering why they got dinged. (I know I have.) And taking ownership of the down-vote gives some additional legitimacy to it in my mind.... a real user did this, not just some anonymous coward.

  • Asker appears to have a beef tortellini with just the +1 comments, kind of like "This."
    – random
    Aug 19, 2009 at 1:33
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    I usually avoid stating that I down voted simply because the poster will usually still become angry, which will trigger an argument over whether or not reason for disagreeing is valid. Aug 19, 2009 at 1:35
  • @Ian - that's why I do the exact opposite - I leave a comment explaining something is wrong and don't vote down, or ask for clarifications. Arguments are good things, specially when they can be resolved.
    – Kobi
    Aug 19, 2009 at 9:07

I sometimes put in "+1" comments but they always come with something that I feel is worth noting. That could be lots of things: a caveat, some comment of why this answer and not one of the others or whatever.

But if the answer is simply correct (or I just agree with it if its subjective in the context of answering the OP's question) then I won't bother.


I don't know how you feel about "-1" comments, but since I've gotten into the habit of asking a downvoter why he downvoted me, I've been trying to always give a reason for a downvote.

  • Of course, that doesn't bind those who downvote this question without comment. Jun 4, 2015 at 15:28

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