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Re: ++ < --

by seattlejohn (Deacon)
on Dec 21, 2002 at 07:17 UTC ( #221593=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to ++ < --

I think about this in a different way that leads me to believe that the ++ < -- organization makes perfect sense. Namely, ++ votes are much more common than -- votes. Thus it makes sense to have ++ appear at the beginning of the voting-buttons list rather than at the end. (It does make me wonder if I'd want the buttons in reverse order if I were reading right to left.)

I suppose you could also ask why the English expression is "plus-or-minus x" rather than "minus-or-plus x". Negative-precedes-positive may correspond to the way we visualize a number line, but I simply don't think it maps to our day-to-day expectations in a case like this. The fact that you used it for a year without noticing is another sign, imho.

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