With the nature of Web 2.0, it’s pretty common for any post to provide space dedicated to comments. You can see comments everywhere—below each blog article, in every affiliate marketing forums, or even below short status updates.
It can be said that everybody who knows how to use the Internet also knows how to post comments. This practice has been used, overused, and even abused by many.
Since posting a comment gives you the freedom to say anything you want while remaining anonymous, its misuse is never a rare thing.
Perhaps this is caused by the lack of rules and policies on some websites. The good thing, though, is that most of websites nowadays have a system wherein the webmaster has the power to either “accept” or “reject” the comments.
If you closely observe those websites that implement commenting policies, you will find that they follow similar (if not entirely the same) guidelines when sorting out the good from the bad comments.
However, commenting is a two-way road. The readers also have the responsibility to keep in mind certain ethics when leaving their comments, regardless of whether they agree or disagree with the article. Below are some tips on how to write a comment the proper way:
Be short and simple
Keep your comments simple enough to be straight to the point and short enough that it doesn’t waste more time than it should. Just don’t settle for one-liners like “good job, thanks for sharing” or a similar kind of comment. Since you’re already spending time to leave a comment, why not add a bit more information so the author will know what it is exactly that you liked (or disliked) about his or her article?
Do not spam
There are programs, more commonly known as “bots,” that look for relevant and related articles through the use of keywords. These bots then post generic comments with the goal of adding “value” to its user’s website. Search engines are wary of this and are taking all precautions in removing them, so it is advised that you avoid implementing it or even doing something similar.
A good start in making a proper comment is to give it a polite tone. Even if your goal is to disagree with the publisher’s opinions, swearing and flooding your comment with profanity will get you nowhere.
There are some comments that are rejected simply because of wrong grammar, punctuations, or even slight typographical errors. Although this is a rare case, it still wouldn’t hurt to check what you’ve written before sending it so as to save yourself from potential embarrassment.
Commenting on something online has been the norm in expressing oneself through the Internet. If you see something you like, hate, or simply interesting, the easiest way to share your two cents is to comment on the article. So why not do it properly?