Friday, July 01, 2005

Multiple Uses of Blog Comment Function





The multiple uses of the blog comment function makes the blog a multi-purpose platform of interactive communications.

If you thought blog comments were only praise, criticism, questions, or complaints, look again. There's more going on in those comment boxes than you may realize.


Multiple Uses of Blog Comment Function



(1.) User Generated Content.


Add user content to enhance blog content:

...reader insights, facts, opinions, emotional responses, questions, error-reports, clarifications, opposing views, and other material, hopefully relevant to the blogger's post or to the general blog topic area.



(2.) Instant Message Input.

Email-like personal message to blogger (blog author).

Sure to be read by the intended recipient, the blogger, since bloggers tend to read their own blogs, and the comments posted to them.




(3.) Slow Chat Room.


Conversation thread, which may be somewhat OT (off topic) or very personal in content, within post comment thread:


reader-with-reader

reader-with-blogger

readers-with-readers-and-blogger



(4.) Link Loading.


Reader adds no comment per se,

rather URLs to relevant online material.



(5.) Trouble Shooting.

Reader critiques relative to problems and solutions for problems with blog layout, colors, type fonts, functionalities, forms, factual errors, hypertext links and link rot, spelling, historical backgrounds, browser incapatabilities, image quality, etc.



(6.) NEGATIVE: Spamming.


Scumbags, con artists, liars, cyber-vandals, and other low life garbage people may attempt to post comment spam using your comment forms.

Then your blog's comment field becomes a billboard, a bulletin board, an advertisement for dubious or malicious web sites. The URLs (web addresses) are generally to porn, pharmaceutical (narcotics and other medicines), real estate and mortgage loans, gambling, software offers, or domain name sites.

Your comment field also becomes a search engine rank booster for these potentially dangerous sites (including Trojan, virus, print logging, email logging, screen shot logging spyware/adware attaching sites).



(7.) NEGATIVE: Cyber-vandalism.


Trolling, baiting, scam-baiting, griefing, flaming, and other abusive or vulgar comments, usually irrelevant or over-reactive to the post topic thread (conversation flow).



(8.) Footnotes to the Post.


Finally, the blogger and a reader may start a new topic within the original topic conversation thread of the blog post, or a deeper examination of the original post.

The blogger and reader comments act as scholarly footnotes, sub-chapters, esoteric probes, backchannel ponderings, sub-terranean explorations underlying the main thought, idea, or observation.




[signed] Steven Streight aka Vaspers the Grate

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