Tips for comments
We get a lot of questions and opinions about the comments section of our Web sites. It’s an active community engaging in our stories. Here are a few tips for using our comment system:
--You can comment on more than stories. You can also comment on photos, audio, videos, and polls. Stories and blogs are more popular for our users to comment on, but there are plenty of opportunities for your feedback. You can also leave comments on all the stories, blogs, photos, and video on WCLO.com and WJVL.com.
--You can make comments easier to read by breaking up long comments into paragraphs. You can do this by hitting “return”, typing a space, and hitting “return again (we will make this easier when we roll out an upgraded version of the site). If you have more than one point to make, breaking each of them up into a separate paragraph makes your comment more readable and easier to follow.
--Avoid the spelling and grammar police. If you read the comments a lot, you know that users with poor spelling and grammar get taken to task. No one is perfect, but pre-reading your comment and running spell check on it before you post will ward off the spelling and grammar police and improve your credibility.
--Comments are comments, not “blogs”. This is a common vocabulary issue in our comment community. These are blogs. Comments are not blogs.
--You don’t need to read the comments. The comments are at the bottom of the story. This means you can still enjoy the content without having to read the comments. If you don’t like the comment system, ignore it.
--Ignore annoying users. If you find the comments made by a particular user annoying, you’re welcome to respond, but the best way to keep them from annoying you further is to ignore them.
--You can do your own credibility research on other commenters. If you’re not sure how much credibility to give a user, try this: click on their name. It will take you to a screen where you can see how many comments they have posted. If you click “view all”, you can see all the comments they’ve made and a link to the page they made the comment on. You may quickly find out that they are either a knowledgeable user or clueless.
--Flag it, we’re watching. If you see a comment that breaks our guidelines, click “suggest removal”. It will get our attention.