Comments: Flat It Is — New Guidelines

I’m going back to flat comments. That means each post I put up will have a single thread and the newest comment will be at the bottom. This will be the same as before I converted to the DISQUS commenting software.

But this means we need to be careful about a couple of things.

1. When you reply to someone, address him or her by name. Begin your comment with “Sally,” so we’ll know you’re responding to what Sally wrote.

2. When you reply to someone, quote the section you’re responding to if it’s a long thread and won’t be obvious to reader what you’re talking about. Remember that many readers get the comments via email or RSS feed and won’t be able to see the context. Something like –

Sally wrote,

“Auburn will win the national championship”

Sally,

While I respect your position, I think Stephen Garcia will have the game of his life and USC will beat Auburn.*

Enjoy the conversation!

(* Does not necessarily reflect my position.)

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2 Responses to Comments: Flat It Is — New Guidelines

  1. JamesBrett says:

    personally i think sally's onto something…

  2. JMF says:

    Thank goodness, Jay. I had all but given up on reading the comments. Both ways have their weaknesses, but of the two, the flat is far superior.

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