meaning is "I agree" or "I support
The real meaning comes
from parliamentary procedure, the way in which a group
of people come together and most efficiently
present and discuss possible courses
of action, and make decisions. "Roberts Rules
" has been
the standard of our government, judicial system, and formal organizations since 1876.
One member may stand and address the chairman. Once recognized, the member makes the motion: "I move that/to..." and resumes his seat. Some
types of motions require
another member, without rising, to second the motion: "I second the motion," or "I second it" or even just "second." Once seconded, the motion becomes a topic
of organized conversation until two-thirds agree to vote. Seconds
are important because some
topics are not worth the group
's time to discuss and a 2nd person means the topic
is important to more than one person. Technically, the 2nd does
not have to support
the motion, they are simply agreeing
that it should be a topic
in to any congressional session
on CSPAN or attend your city council meetings to see Roberts Rules
song "I second that emotion
" is a pun on Roberts Rules of Order.
"People should stop
over 200kb on the front page."
"I second that."
In this slang
use, it means support of the statement but it stays just
a complaint. However, if the board were using real parliamentary procedures, the seconded motion would invite others to post additional comments and would remain
a live topic until a vote is called.
"I move that images
on the front page be limited
"I second that motion."
"Dial-up users are burdened with file sizes
that large when
twenty or thirty of them must be loaded at once."
"People can put links to bigger images
instead of the whole thing messing
up the way the text flows."
"Only 5% of our members are dial-up; we should be able to post whatever we want for the majority
of the users who are high-speed."
(Vote: aye/yay/yes/hands or no/nay/hands)
it, motion is carried that images
on the main page be limited
to 200kb or less." (This is now a rule.)