How to Comment

The purpose of commenting is to connect. We comment to express our opinions about what has been written. We comment to connect, and to connect we tell stories, use humour, and share our thinking. Remember, you are trying to engage the blogger in a conversation! A good comment can be the beginning of a good blogging relationship. Here is our advice on quality commenting:

Think about your digital privacy:

  • Use your first name only to identify yourself.
  • Leave off your home email, your street address, phone number, or school name.
  • Don’t share specifics of your daily routines that involve time and location (ie where & when your soccer practice is)

Think about the tone of your comment:

  • Be polite, friendly, and encouraging.
  • Have some humor, but be careful with sarcasm.
  • If you disagree, don’t be rude about it; give constructive (helpful) feedback.

Think about the content of your comment:

  • Keep your comment on topic and make sense. Say something about the original post.
  • Don’t say random stuff or get really silly.
  • Be more formal than you would in real life, but not stuffy.
  • Avoid texting shortcuts like u for you and l8r for later, and only use one emoticon if you need to.
  • Sometimes add a question at the end to keep the conversation going.

Think about conventions of your comment:

  • Try to fix your spelling mistakes: use the spell check
  • Use capitals in the right places: people’s names, places, the beginning of a sentence, and on “I” –no evil i’s. All capitals is like yelling.
  • Punctuate properly: period at the end of a sentence, space after a period, comma, or end bracket. One “!” will do: you don’t need a string of exclamation marks.
  • Remember, you are putting your best self forward, so polish your comments.

REMEMBER, IRRESPONSIBLE COMMENTING CAN HAVE CONSEQUENCES.

  • You may be subject to the same punishment for on campus bullying.
  • You may be subject to the same punishment for any other AUP violation.
Commenting guidelines adapted from http://huzzah.edublogs.org/commenting-guidelines/