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Talk to the Hand

November 10, 2009  

If you blog, you've certainly encountered your share of bizarre, offensive or spammy comments. It comes with the territory. Each of us has our own standard, and you've probably developed a list of commenting no-nos. But do your readers know what they happen to be?

"I publish every reasonable (and some unreasonable) comments on my blog," says Ian Lurie in a post at his blog. "My tolerance for dumbassery is pretty high." Nevertheless, his readers still commit 10 sins that qualify a comment for instant deletion. So if you want to post a note at his blog, keep rules like these in mind:

It should make sense. No one expects grammatical perfection, but it is reasonable to require a discernable point. "I make allowances for folks typing English as a second language," he says. "But if your name is Bob Smith, check your grammar."

It should also contain more than one or two words. From Lurie's viewpoint, a comment like "Great!" adds nothing to the discussion. "It may give me a brief, happy glow," he says, "but I'll still delete it."

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