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Re: The /. article

From: Karl Fogel <kfogel_at_newton.ch.collab.net>
Date: 2002-02-06 02:48:47 CET

Tom Lord <lord@regexps.com> writes:
> +1 nicely said
> But false.

Ahh, good, glad to hear it.

> (What's with all the score-keeping anyway?)

Heh heh. It's not score-keeping, actually. Probably should explain
that notation, I'll bet a lot of people on this list wonder what's up
with the "+1" and "-1" expressions...

They are inherited from the Apache world (we have quite a few Apache
people here), where the numbers started out representing votes

   +1 ==> I vote yes
   +0 ==> I'm for it, but don't count this as a vote
   -0 ==> I'm against it, but don't count this as a vote
   -1 ==> I vote no

(Apache has a voting system that they use for certain types of

Of course, the formal meanings started to get [ab]used in less formal
situations, so now in regular discussions, they mean:

   +1 ==> I agree, well said, yes, rah-rah-rah, etc
   +0 ==> I lean toward it, but not with any great conviction
   -0 ==> I'm against this, but not with any great conviction
   -1 ==> I strongly disagree with whatever it was that was said


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