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Top 10 Worst Commenting Mistakes Ever

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Posted on June 18 2010 9:00 pm
David Swindle is the Managing Editor of NewsReal Blog and the Associate Editor of FrontPage Magazine. Follow him on Twitter here
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At the “Is the (Real) News Dead” conference this past weekend I had the pleasure of meeting — and being on two panels with — Rick Calvert, who puts on Blog World, the biggest expo for New Media. Rick and I were on the same page about a whole lot of things about New Media. For as much as the conference was supposed to be focused on the blogosphere we were actually fairly lonely as representatives of New Media. By and large we were outnumbered by traditional journalists and political intellectuals.

Today at Blog World, there’s a great post highlighting ten Commenting Mistakes:

As bloggers, we all have readers that make us want to groan. It’s just a fact of life – you aren’t going to like anyone. Today, I thought I’d have a little fun and talk about the worst comment mistakes I’ve ever seen. These are my biggest pet peeves. They make me want to pull out my hair.

10. Off-topic comments

Let’s be honest; we all ramble sometimes. There’s a difference between getting off-topic a little in a round-about way of making a point and being downright nuts. Once, I wrote a post about real estate on a finance-related blog and some commenter told me this entire story of losing their cat when they moved to a new house. Every so often I get comments that just make me say, “What in the world…”

9. WRITING IN ALL CAPS

C’mon kids, this is Internet 101. DO NOT WRITE IN ALL CAPS UNLESS YOU WANT TO SHOUT AT SOMEONE. See, this is so annoying that I had to write-shout that tip at you. On a more practical note, comments in all caps are hard to read, so if you tone things down a little, more people will listen to what you have to say. You’ll only see me using all caps when I really mean to “shout” something.

8. Spammers who try to pretend they’re not spam

I’ve come to terms with the fact that every blog is going to get mountains of spam. I still like to browse the comments caught as spam to make sure a relevant comment didn’t get through. It’s so annoying to me that spammers are now leaving comments specifically made to trick you into thinking they aren’t spam. For example, they’ll leave a comment that says, “Interesting post. I just found your blog, and will recommend it to my friends.” Sound legit, but it’s someone selling genital-enhancing products or credit reports.

Read the whole thing here.

I’ve got an even bigger mistake that many commenters make: Insulting the blog and its writers and commenters. Look, I don’t care. If you insult or harass NewsReal Blog, FrontPage Magazine, David Horowitz, any of our writers, regular commenters, or me then you will be banned. If you want to register a thoughtful dissent to an idea then you’re welcome to do so. But anyone with a brain in their head should be able to understand the difference.

Free speech does not mean that you’re free to come and take a dump on our comments section. This isn’t “public space.” Commenting here is a privilege and it will be taken away from those who are going to be disrespectful.

Our commenting guidelines are here and they’re very reasonable.

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