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Make it explicit - VSRA vs VSRE, acceptable vs expected. But this makes the whole thing unnecessarily complex and I would prefer VSRA - I am fine with getting a very short reply. If it is not possible a, long reply is also fine but try to keep it as short as possible.

Different suggestions from the comments.

  CURT - condensed unfussy reply tolerable
  CURT - CURT unfussy reply tolerable
  NLRN - no long reply needed
  TCRA - très courte réponse attendue
  VSRA - very short reply acceptable
  VSRO - very short reply okay
  VSRW - very short reply welcome
That got forked quickly. And we need a standardization committee. Or maybe a poll will do.

I quite like the idea of using the OP's original phrasing of 'welcome' as I find that pleasingly polite

    VSRW - Very short reply welcome

I came to the comments hoping this would be here. "Expected", well, seems to place an additional expectation on the recipient, whereas "Welcome" merely invites an additional option.

That's my favorite one for the moment.

Likewise. +1 for VSRW

  BRIF - Brief response is fine

How about CURT - condensed unfussy reply tolerable

Than let's make it recursive.

  CURT - CURT unfussy reply tolerable

Abbreviation needed? Phrase the question such that a curt response is encouraged. A la, "Herbert: we're meeting tomorrow at 2 in my office to discuss the new release of jquery. Be there?" (The question tends to elicit a "Yes" or "No")

I still prefer 'VSRP - very short reply preferred' because it's sooo close to RSVP.

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