The inclusion of + and - superscripts is redundant if we use the MUT versus
mut (in italics, of course) nomenclature that has been recommended. I much
prefer MUT/mut to superscripts for ease of typing and for clarity of
expression. The + and - system, which I have used with Neurospora, can be
(in my opinion) quite cumbersome in practice. Also, I think that inherent in
the use of + and - there is an oversimplification that there are two and only
two categories of alleles. MUT/mut does not avoid that potential
oversimplification, of course.
The optional inclusion of (gf) (lf) (d) information, as done in worms, does
offer the reader potentially useful information at a glance. I would hate to
read a paper on vulval differentiation without it. When the committee
decided against adding dominance information, were they specifically
rejecting that aspect of the system used in worms?