Wednesday, August 26, 2015

How to Make a Comment

I have been writing this blog for a few years.  I’ve posted over 240 articles, and I’ve had about 1.2 million hits.  So I guess it is to be expected that I would receive a few obnoxious comments over the years.  Actually, I’m surprised that there have been so few given the lack of civility in our world today.  But, there have been a few, so I thought I’d take a moment to address folks on the proper way to make a comment.  That would be a comment on this blog, or anybody else’s blog, or to your next door neighbor as far as that goes.

Acceptable comments are comments that ask for clarification on a point, or comments that add additional information to the article, or comments that recommend another source of information about the topic at hand, or comments that reflect an individual’s personal experience with the subject.  Comments that represent a different point of view or dispute some fact within the article are also perfectly acceptable so long as, and here’s the hard part for some morons, they are presented in a polite manner.  There seem to be a very limited number of individuals who have nothing better to do than troll the internet looking for things to comment on so they can express there absolute superiority to the rest of us mere mortals.  There comments generally start with something like, “you obviously have no clue what you are talking about,” or, “the information contained in this article couldn’t be more wrong.” 

Here’s a heads up for people who write comments like this.  I know that when you are writing this, you are picturing yourself as Arnold Schwarzenegger in the movie Predator, but trust me when I tell you that the rest of us are picturing you as Paul Blart in Mall Cop.  All of the real experts that I have met over the course of my years have all shared two characteristics; (1) they have all been extremely humble about their knowledge and abilities, and (2) they have all been unfailingly polite.  Rudeness is a sure sign of an insecure poser or to put it in the modern vernacular a “mall ninja.”  I have never received a comment from one of these individuals that was factually correct, and in most instances it has been obvious that they haven’t even read the article.

So, if you are an individual who likes to make snotty comments on the internet, I have some advice for you.  Lose some weight, move out of your parent’s garage, and try dating a real flesh and blood girl.  This will give you something to do in the evenings instead of trolling the internet.  If you still feel the urge to be a pompous horse’s ass then you should try and get a cable news program where you will fit right in.  As for commenting on this blog; you will go straight to the spam folder, because I’m the one who moderates the comments, and, by God, we will have civility here.

Okay, my rant is concluded.  Since there wasn’t any real survival info in this post, I will do another one in a couple of days on how to start your own seed bank.

1 comment:

Robin Edmundson said...

Yes, yes, and yes. Thanks for saying out loud what many other bloggers would like to say, too.

Love your blog, your suggestions and the way you make me think about things I never considered before.