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Someone has voted for one of my questions with this comment:

+1 for the title alone.

Which of these two possible meanings is the most correct:

  • The title itself is so nice that I would have voted for the question whatever it was
  • I vote for your title, but your question doesn't deserve it
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I'm sure Tim meant the first of your two options. I think it would be perverse of a commenter to use this form intending the second meaning, and perverse of anyone else to assume that meaning, so this question seems Too Localised to me. –  FumbleFingers Mar 10 '13 at 21:40
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To get the second meaning, you'd have to use only, or reword using but. This construction with alone always gets you the first meaning. –  RegDwigнt Mar 10 '13 at 22:12
    
The question begs to be placed in Meta. –  rajah9 Mar 10 '13 at 22:13
    
@RegDwighт: Your answer is crystal clear –  Philippe Blayo Mar 11 '13 at 10:47
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@FumbleFingers: My concern is to understand the meaning outside the context of stackexchange –  Philippe Blayo Mar 11 '13 at 10:48
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up vote 1 down vote accepted

I suggest asking that in a comment of your own after the +1 comment, but my interpretation is more like your first alternative than the second: that the title is nice enough by itself to get an upvote, so long as the question is not a major loser. That is, if the question had been really bad, I suspect a good title would not have been enough to trigger an upvote.

I see no implication of “your question doesn't deserve it” in the comment.

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