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This is an area that bugs many website owners who have commenting enabled on their corners of the web… And I’m pretty sure 99.9% of the graphic/blog/portfolio niches especially have experienced this.
Here is a classic example:
Web GENIUS writes something totally awesome about the order in which the social networking sites are ranked based on how many active users there are and how one day humans will eventually begin to evolve with no vocal cords, no feet, no sexual organs and extra long fingers as all social interaction, education and absolutely EVERYTHING will be done via Twitter. (Stop dreaming… its just an example!).. Note: Twitter is a thing now.
Comment number 1 reads; “james. Luv da site. Affies?”
So I thought I’d create a somewhat of a step by step guide for dummies, that will hopefully not only teach someone out there a few things, but also make an experienced webmaster chuckle.
1) Read/observe carefully what you are about to comment on. Make sure you understand the point of the piece, because you don’t want to be THAT idiot who interprets wrong and comments (to above example) “Also, we shall have extra long fingers and no feet”…
2) Your comment must relate to the piece, if possible. The creator will most probably ignore your comment if it doesn’t say anything constructive, either that or mistake it for spam.
3) For goodness sake, spell with letters! Text/Chat/IM speak is NOT a language… After all you don’t physically talk numbers, so why type it. Also, quit it with the pointless shorthand. Why write “James” or “gurl” when “Hiya” and “girl” use the SAME amount of letters and probably take the SAME amount of time to type? It’s not even being lazy… its just stupid.
4) Grammar; Only those members of the Grammar Nazi’s really care about perfect grammar. So long as your sentence is legible, thats fine. However, you may want to do a quick check to see whether or not the webmaster is the leader of the Grammar Nazi’s as if you slip up only once you could face computer death.
5) If your trying to get your site a bit more popular, and you WANT people to go to your site, commenting on your stuff (thus giving you more traffic), then make your comment stand out from the rest by making it slightly humerous or maybe touching on something that someone else hasn’t inputted. We have not evolved from parrots. Obviously there are many cases in which you cannot avoid repeating a line of someone elses input, such as commenting on the pure beauty of a new theme… but try and add something different. Also, try sneaking in a question relating to the piece, as it often makes the webmaster feel guilty if they do not respond (also meaning they put a legit comment on your dot in the world of web… WIN)!
There is of course, more that can be done to prevent looking like a noob, but a lot my friend, is down to common sense, and if someone doesn’t have even the tiniest bit of common sense to work out the rest, then clearly they are a spambot and must be exterminated.