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Special: Lifehacker’s Guide to Weblog Comments

(Migrated weblog post from LSR)

You have got to love this. I am not sure if you have subscribed already to LifeHacker’s weblog or not, but if you haven’t, you do not know what you are missing. In another fantastic weblog post, Gina Trapani just details her Lifehacker’s Guide to Weblog Comments and I must say that although I have got a tendency to follow most of the tips she shares above at her weblog from quite some time now, I still have got that to do for my external weblog as I have not been able to engage very heavily yet with those weblogs I am interested in.

It may well be because I might be finding it somewhat difficult to bump into, appealing enough to me, weblogs around the topics I am passionate about. Anyway, I am sure that I will eventually find my way and my set of weblogs to participate in. So, if you are looking for an impressive set of guidelines on how you can engage with the weblogs you tend to follow on a regular basis Gina’s weblog post is a must read. As an excerpt, I am just going to list the different items she mentions extensively and then I would like to refer you back to her weblog post because she just puts it in much more effective words than what I could do myself trying to reinvent the wheel. Thus no need for that. Here you go with them:

  • Stay on topic
  • Contribute new information to the discussion
  • Do not comment for the sake of commenting.
  • Know when to comment and when to e-mail.
  • Remember that nobody likes a know-it-all
  • Make the tone of your message clear
  • Own your comment
  • Be succinct
  • Cite your sources with links or inline quoting
  • Be courteous
  • Do not post when you are angry, upset, drunk or emotional
  • Do not feed or tease the trolls
  • Yes, indeed, a gem of a weblog post, right ? From the set of weblog comment guidelines, and I highly recommend you have a look into the full thread for some interesting reading, I have always tried to preach and lead the way in a number of those: staying on topic, contributing new information to the discussion and owing your comment along with citing your sources with links or online quoting, amongst others. Those, to me, would be the ones that would certainly get you off to a good start, but if you can go and apply all the others all the better. Either way, a BIG THANKS ! to Gina for sharing this great weblog post. Now it is time to engage with the Blogosphere out there !

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