In my post here: https://stackoverflow.com/questions/44643775/how-can-i-write-multi-line-code-in-the-terminal-use-python/44643976#44643976

I answer my own question, there is a comment here:

Yes yes, that's right! plus one for that

The double yes means what here? Does it mean in favor of it?

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This is annoying, because "Yes, yes" can either mean added emphasis, or dismissal.

It's a context and tone thing, which is really difficult to discern in writing; it's much easier to figure out which is meant when you're speaking with someone aloud or in person.

Punctuation can help:

"Yes, yes! Let's do it!" -> "I am so excited about this I had to say yes twice!"

"Yes, yes, we know, you're very smart." -> "I am bored by this and want the conversation to move on."

It's very idiomatic and really depends on the tone. In your example it's probably the former meaning. The exclamation point and the "plus one" meaning an upvote probably mean they are enthusiastic.

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    Yes, yes, this is all true! (But without the commas, it could even be a typo.)
    – J.R.
    Jun 21, 2017 at 15:46

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