This is not a duplicate of What makes a good/valid +1 comment? because I don't want feedback about when to post a +1 comment; it's about the system not letting me post a +1 comment.

: Upvotes are not a reason to comment, it seems... only if this ever got deleted, since I can't vandalize (so the content is below).

Look at this thumbnail for example:

THAT is unfair!

I really don't believe my comment was +1, I upvoted yeah!. It says the reason I've up-voted the post, but, that reason contains the word upvoted. It's this post:

Why is it faster to process a sorted array than an unsorted array?

If I'm not clear, here is the summary: I have specified a reason for my up-vote, and that should go to the comments, since there is no "upvote with a reason" option yet (wish I had it). Instead, when I downvote, the voting system encourages me to comment:

Please consider adding a comment if you think this post can be improved.

If this is not a reason, I will delete the question, but, if it is, please improve the comment system.

  • @ShadowWizard I really believe I have provided a reason :( – EKons Jul 20 '16 at 9:33
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    Maybe, but it's not a bug. You could try starting a discussion about it, not throw a bug report in the face of the team. That's not really constructive. (This works as intended, so it can't possibly be a bug) – Shadow Wizard Wearing Mask Jul 20 '16 at 9:34
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    Let my try to understand this - your complaint is that you're not able to leave a comment that says +1 because this is the most upvoted post I've ever seen!? Why do you want to leave that comment? What makes you think anyone reading that post want's to see that comment? – JonW Jul 20 '16 at 9:34
  • @JonW If you only clicked on that link... – EKons Jul 20 '16 at 9:35
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    I did click the link. It took me to an answer that has a lot of upvotes. I can see it has lots of upvotes because of the number against the post itself. What possible benefit is there to me to read a comment underneath that answer that points out someone (i.e. you) upvoted it because it has lots of upvotes? – JonW Jul 20 '16 at 9:36
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    @ΈρικΚωνσταντόπουλος such comments are just noise. A mess that moderators have to clean. – Shadow Wizard Wearing Mask Jul 20 '16 at 9:36
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    @JonW Well, it has 20K upvotes. 20. K! It really needed the effort for it so be the world-record most-upvoted Stack Overflow and most-upvoted Stack Exchange post ever. It deserves an upvote. – EKons Jul 20 '16 at 9:37
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    SO WHAT IF IT HAS 20K UPVOTES? Why should that mean it's OK to leave pointless +1 comments? A comment is supposed to be used to request clarification or to point out issues with a post. – JonW Jul 20 '16 at 9:39
  • You're basically asking "I should be able to post useless comments on questions / answers that have lots of upvotes". – JonW Jul 20 '16 at 9:39
  • Comments are not there for noise. Discussion boards are. – Patrick Hofman Jul 20 '16 at 9:41
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    meta.stackexchange.com/help/privileges/comment: Please read the 'When should I comment' and 'When shouldn't I comment' sections. – JonW Jul 20 '16 at 9:42
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    @ΈρικΚωνσταντόπουλος so send flowers to the author of that answer, that would help him/her more than yet another "+1 it's so amazing" comment. (which I'm sure there were hundreds of those, cleaned by moderators.) – Shadow Wizard Wearing Mask Jul 20 '16 at 9:47
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    As others have said - the whole "+1" comment pattern is an anti-pattern. It isn't helpful. So we try to disallow it. Which works often enough that it is worth keeping. – Oded Jul 20 '16 at 10:03
  • @Oded how do you know "it's working often enough"? Each blocked attempt is documented? – Shadow Wizard Wearing Mask Jul 20 '16 at 10:08
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    @Sha not sure if you have seen this, but Shog shared some statistics on SO. – Patrick Hofman Jul 20 '16 at 10:22

You can't, and shouldn't, add +1. That's it. That you have upvoted is not important at all. It encourages thanks-for-upvoting-me-upvotes and adds nothing to the Q/A set.

Your comment isn't useful at all since just telling you upvoted because everyone else did is not a good reason. Better explain why the post was as helpful as it was to you. That would be constructive and useful for future readers.

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  • +1 (SUCCESS, not real upvote) Actually, it's a SE upvote record, not just "everyone else". Also, I've had success with +1s in the past, that's why I'm asking. I have had problems in the past, but I have done some comments with +1 in them. Maybe it's the position of the +1 that is disturbing, but, again, no. It seems to be some sort of weird combination, and your suggestion is part of it. – EKons Jul 20 '16 at 8:48
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    That you can circumvent the system is clear and well-known. Still, you shouldn't do that. – Patrick Hofman Jul 20 '16 at 8:55
  • So the system is broken/useless. – EKons Jul 20 '16 at 8:56
  • No, it works in 95% of the cases, which is good. – Patrick Hofman Jul 20 '16 at 8:56
  • Wait? Do I... FALL IN THE 5% TOO OFTEN? I'm amazed of my luck now. It seems 95% is not enough, you need 100%. There are too much +1-style comments out there, in case you didn't know. – EKons Jul 20 '16 at 8:58
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    You can't since 1+1 is a valid comment. You can't really prevent it without too much false positives. That is why it is not too hard to circumvent it, but it really does help as proven here. – Patrick Hofman Jul 20 '16 at 8:59
  • ...... so.. much... bad....... percentages.... I CANT TAKE IT, HELP!!! [Serious mode] Also, this has to be on Meta SE, not MSO. Also, read here. – EKons Jul 20 '16 at 9:01
  • @ShadowWizard I have had success on MSO, also. – EKons Jul 20 '16 at 9:34
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    @ΈρικΚωνσταντόπουλος OK, so it's not active on meta sites. – Shadow Wizard Wearing Mask Jul 20 '16 at 9:35

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