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35 Post author: MichaelVassar 02 March 2010 08:11AM

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Comment author: khafra 03 March 2010 08:06:24PM 0 points [-]

With a somewhat valuable but straightforward comment, an upvote with no further discussion is optimal, because both the author and the readers understand why it's good.

With a worthless but ingenuously written comment, the readers gain nothing from further discussion, but commentary helps the author to more easily discover his error. Do what your decision theory requires regarding the good of the many vs. the good of the few.