You may also want to read my post, Conversations on Commenting.
A Few Etiquette Pointers Rewritten for Students and Their Parents
(or The 10 Commandments of Commenting, positively rephrased.)
- All comments leave digital footprints — any comment posted at a website will be accessible for years.
- Be specific and demonstrate with your comment that you have a genuine interest in the topic.
- If you disagree, that’s fine, but include at least a bit of constructive criticism.
- You may share something about yourself, but avoid blatant self-promotion.
- Stay on topic. Brevity is good.
- The quality of your language counts. Do you want your digital footprints to include obscene and foul language or rude and disrespectful information?
- If you just want to say you like the post or article, use the like or share link.
- A comment is a piece of writing and the comment writer is the author.
- All of the comments that you leave will become a part of your digital dossier.
- It’s your writing. What conclusions will people draw about you when they read your comment?
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