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Jan 31, 2011 08:14 AM

Where did this +1 , -1 rating for posts come from?

I must be an old geezer, but I find it a bit annoying to see people's comments consist of nothing but a rating agreeing or disagreeing with a previous post, like ice skating judges or something. If that's all you have to say, then why even bother?
Is this a product of our modern culture that I seem to have missed?
(wouldn't be the first)

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      1. re: bbqboy

        LOL linga is your anti-Wing man

      2. re: linguafood

        Perfect response lingua! ;-)

        bbqboy, I think it's the Chowhound version of clicking the "Like" button on Facebook, except that here on Chowhound they've done it one better by being able to use the negative sign as well. There's no "dislike" button on Facebook, even though everyone seems to want one. I think this is definitely a product of our modern culture as you say. I was a little annoyed by it at first too but have gotten used to it. Love that you've pointed it out and questioned it!

      3. It seems to have evolved as a shorthand for ditto.

        1. Since chowhound doesn't offer a like/dislike, or thumbs-up/thumbs-down option as seen on some other sites, users are improvising. I actually prefer the +1 or -1 notations to "LOL!"

          1. I find it to be good. What if you want to agree and really can't add anything more. You could say "Agreed" or "Concur" (which I have used) or simply +1.

            -1 to me is rather stupid because if you don't agree, 'splain yourself.


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            1. re: Davwud

              "What if you want to agree and really can't add anything more."

              Then you can always pick my preferred option. No posted reply...

                1. re: Servorg

                  Or you can put +1. This way you can see that more than one person agrees with the opinion. If you don't reply, it's one persons unsubstantiated opinion.


                  1. re: Davwud

                    Personally I hate opening a thread, especially a long one and seeing nothing except for a "+1". I think we can assume that all opinions on this site are agreed with by more than one person, so a +1 doesn't really tell me anything I didn't know beforehand.

                    I believe it originated from at least that's where I first saw it.

                    1. re: Chris VR

                      I see your +1 hatred and raise you one LOL, by which I mean it exasperates me no end to open a long thread and find that someone has merely found an earlier post hilarious. But! If it's a post of mine that's being +1'd or LOL'd, I'm less annoyed. So consider that there's probably one person who's happy to see these reply-lites.

                        1. re: joonjoon

                          Hah! Now I don't know whether I'm being mocked or encouraged. Internet ambiguity: you're doing it right.

                        2. re: Chris VR

                          I hate it as well. If I'm taking the time to open a long thread only to find a "+1", "ditto" or "lol", it takes less time to report it to have it removed.

                  2. I've only used +1 to say: "me too"...but I've never used -1.