The principal difference between socializing in the real world and socializing online is manners. I don’t mean the occasional flame thrower who goes off like a weapon of mass destruction. I’m talking about the more subtle, self-important types who want to do all the talking, and don’t have time for common courtesy.
I read comments on blogs. Sometimes a commenter has added real value to the conversation, or a point of view that contrasts the subject at hand. Great, I can see another side to the issue.
Other times, someone merely wants to say thanks. Whenever I read something like this, point number 5, I cringe to think I could be banned for saying thanks. Worse than that, most of the commenters agree with this.
Issuing warnings above the comment box is just plain rude. Even if I have something to add, I won’t do it. If what I have to say doesn’t fit the mold of the clever terms of service, I could be banished, vaporized or afflicted with biblical torments.
Anyone who reads this blog knows I recently installed Comment Luv. After using Disqus for a period of months, I realized that it was making things difficult for commenters. If you own an A-List blog then Disqus may be exactly what you need. Some high-end bloggers are removing comments altogether.
In fact, this is better than warnings of banishment or the arrogance of ill mannered rules. Either way, I see this as a gettin’ too big for your britches.
In the real world it is common courtesy to say thanks when you have received something of value. In the virtual world it can be construed as annoying. Splain this to me Lucy.
Feel free to say whatever you want here. Obviously, spam, foul language, flaming or nasty behavior can’t be tolerated.
NOTE: I wrote this post several weeks ago. Last week, Debbie Kipp wrote a wonderful article, Your Thoughts: Do You Comment on Blogs? I believe her post is more relevant to the ordinary blogger than anything said by those with too many comments.Photo courtesy The Morgue File