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Does an "Attitude Signal" signal "what you want/don't want" or "what you have/don't have" (or something else?)

My partner and I had a disagreement on the meaning of the term attitude signal.

The actual choice of convention ('standard' or 'upside down') is not relevant but for the purposes of this poll, we are playing UPSIDE DOWN ATTITUDE.

This is in the context of an opening lead - where our agreement is that we generally show "attitude".

 

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The question is a general/conceptual one but I am providing the auction for context.  The K was led and a low card was played from dummy's J x x holding.

What information is signaler providing when he plays a high diamond spot card - a negative 'attitude' signal?

A. An attitude signal informs opening leader about signaler's holding in the suit. If signaler, holds the A but has a specific reason for the opening leader not to continue the suit, he cannot provide a negative signal as that would be providing incorrect information about signaler's holding.  If you agree choose answer A.

B. An attitude signal tells the opening leader whether the signaler wants opening leader to continue the led suit, if the trick holds, or when opening leader is next in a position to lead again.  In this case signaler does not want diamonds continued, so he should provide a negative signal, regardless of holding or not holding the A.  If you agree, choose answer B.

C. An attitude signal is something else, please explain in your comments.  Pick this option ONLY if your attitude signal means something that is neither A nor B.  If your answer is 'it depends on your agreements with your partner' that would properly be an abstention.

The reason I ask is that several online references conflate "having values in the led suit" and "encourage the continuation of the suit" as being one and the same thing, whereas that may not always be the case.

e.g. "The basic attitude signal is discarding a higher card if you want partner to continue the suit (positive signal) and a lower card if you don’t want partner to continue the suit or to tell partner that you don’t have anything in the suit (negative signal)."  Notice here a negative signal assumes that discouragement and having nothing in the suit is the same thing.

I am also not referring to situations where signaler could change to a suit preference after seeing dummy.  I am only looking to understand whether attitude signals are as Kevin Rosenberg nicely puts it below: "what you have" vs "what you want".

A. An attitude signal tells opening leader about signaler's holding.
B. An attitude signal tells the opening leader whether the signaler wants that suit continued, should it hold or when opening leader next regains the lead.
C. Something else it neither shows "what you have" nor does it show "what you want. Please explain if your attitude signals have a THIRD meaning. ABSTAIN IF YOU BELIEVE IT CAN BE A OR B.

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