Important: Posting comments

Steve or I have posted this before and yet I find it’s always a good idea to remind people. The comment section is meant for just that: to briefly comment on the post. It’s not meant as a place to post your own take on the post or blogging.

Thus, Steve and I ask you to keep them brief, to the point, and pithy or amusing is always good. For the purposes of this blog, ideal would be 20 words but up to 60 is fine. That’s about 3 lines. Anything longer than that crowds out other comments and makes it tough to scan.

Some comments have been 200 to 300 words and that’s more like a column. Please don’t be offended but either Steve or I will cut them off right at 60 with no editing. So make sure you get to the point early.

Again. It’s not that they’re not good but it makes it tough for other comments which may follow yours.

Jim

[Steve adds…]

First off, we love comments and we do want you to “sound off” on the subject matter of the post. We simply ask you keep them short.

Comments on our blog frequently migrate to different subjects or just back and forth discussions between two people. That has a tendency to discourage other visitors from actually commenting on the post itself. There is a difference between commenting on a post and a discussion at a forum. The RVO comments section is not a forum.

We get a tremendous amount of feedback from readers who want to comment but feel left out or lost since they have to wade through lots of comments that have nothing to do with the subject at hand – the post.

You’d be surprised at how many posts I delete that start with the phrase “I’m not sure where to post this, so I’ll just post it here…”

We want pithy comments concerning the posts, that’s what the audience is looking for. You’ll notice we almost never delete comments simply because we have a different point of view. Get your point out there and make it short and sweet. In the future, we will have a system that limits the number of characters you have available.

We love comments on the actual subject matter. Jim is now looking at the comments more frequently to use them within the context of the radio show, but he too is noticing the drift and it’s hard to wade through to find good, short comments to use during the big radio show.

I’m hoping I’ll be able to get Jim to monitor the @radioviceonline Twitter feed during the show to gather immediate feedback during the show.

Thank you!

14 replies
  1. phil
    phil says:

    Is the show still called 'Sound Off Connecticut'? Just askin', is all. Lotsa people want to "Sound Off', and you can only fit in a few on the air. Lighten up.

  2. gillie28
    gillie28 says:

    Since I've posted more than 60 words, and my own views on a post, I'd like to ask what your definition of a "comment" is.  I really enjoy reading diverse points of view on the posts (38 words).

  3. Steve M
    Steve M says:

    Comments on our blog frequently migrate to different subjects or just back and forth discussions between two people. That has a tendency to discourage other visitors from actually commenting on the post itself. There is a difference between commenting on a post and a discussion at a forum. The RVO comments section is not a forum.
    We get a tremendous amount of feedback from readers who want to comment but feel left out or lost since they have to wade through lots of comments that have nothing to do with the subject at hand – the post.
    You'd be surprised at how many posts I delete that start with the phrase "I'm not sure where to post this, so I'll just post it here…"
    We want pithy comments concerning the posts, that's what the audience is looking for. You'll notice we almost never delete comments simply because we have a different point of view. Get your point out there and make it short and sweet. In the future, we will have a system that limits the number of characters you have available.
    We love comments on the actual subject matter. Jim is now looking at the comments more frequently to use them within the context of the radio show, but he too is noticing the drift and it's hard to wade through to find good, short comments to use during the big radio show.
    I'm hoping I'll be able to get Jim to monitor the @radioviceonline Twitter feed during the show to gather immediate feedback during the show.
    Thank you!

  4. VictimsRevenge
    VictimsRevenge says:

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    Because there’s such an enormous element of my nature to rebel against authority, I’m compelled to point out to Steve that his comment has exceeded the maximum amount of words. So by violating his own rules it makes me think that he’s probably an undercover Democrat saying, “We make the rules for you to follow” It’s a clear double standard, and more importantly

  5. Lynn
    Lynn says:

    Will try. but, Steve, is it ok to respond back to someone specifically, or do you want just yes and no to the post?

  6. OkieJim
    OkieJim says:

    Well, then, you asked for it … haiku.

     

    I am now silenced

    Some thoughts are far too complex

    For sixty few words

     

  7. April Lynn
    April Lynn says:

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    First and foremost, I think you should run your site the way you wish, it is your site. If you wish to limit character space, discussions and spirited debate, that is your choice. To be honest, I have had posts that have been longer, debated with others on differing views and even had a thread closed down, since it went slightly off topic. I prefer the many other forums that do allow the above with out the “Moderation Hammer”. I love freedom of speech. Now it is my choice whether to post and listen to the show.

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