I was looking through some pics that a friend had uploaded on facebook. I was also looking at the comments that people had left in them. And looking through the comments, I thought apart from one sarcastic remark by me, none of the comments added any value.
So I wonder why people comment. On this blog (and its predecessor) I noticed that most people comment only if they have something specific to say, some value to add, some joke to crack. And this is the same policy that I follow too, while commenting – irrespective of where I’m commenting. Yes, once in a while I want to leave a comment just for the heck of it, but even then I take some time and compose something that I think would be interesting to the other people looking at the site, adding some marginal value.
However, when I look at comments people leave on each others’ photos on facebook, I notice that in most of them there is not even an attempt to add value. They are all of the “palli vas here” types. They are just marking attendance and letting the uploader know that the photos have been visited. That’s it.
Why am I cribbing about this? Because in the sea of useless comments the comments that I think add value get lost. Serious commentors (such as those who comment on my blogs) will get put off when they see a sea of senseless comments. And end up not commenting. And that much incremental value that this insightful comment would have been added to the page will be lost.
Dear Readers, so far you have been doing an excellent job on this blog. Most of the comments that you people leave are extremely insightful and I love reading and responding to them. Please keep the good work going. And for those of you who don’t comment regularly, if you think there is some value (however small) that you can add to the post, or the discussion, please do leave a comment. I’d love to know what you think about what I’m writing.
And you might notice that I’ve implemented Threaded Comments here on my blog. That was one feature that I’d really liked about LJ and realized that replying to comments using @ is too much of a pain. So far I see that not too many others reply to other comments (a practice that was widespread on LJ). So please do make use of this feature and contribute to the discussion. And as you might have noticed, anonymous comments are allowed so you can comment even if you don’t have a blog. Of course I ask for your email ID, so there is some handle that I have on you.