Opposing viewpoints: how to handle or express them?
Handling an opposing Viewpoint
I got to the Site Comments part of the training last night. I read through a blog post 3 times and felt the author was missing something very vital. So I then wrote about 200 words that I felt would help him and his audience. The author rejected my comments, stating:
"These comments do nothing to improve my article or website. Your comment is entirely political. You don't say anything about my post, or my site, or my images, or my writing style."
The first thing about his response is he should not be expecting feedback on his site, images or writing style in a Site Comment. That is Site Feedback.
Next he says I didn't say anything about his post. That is entirely incorrect. I wrote about his post, citing specific sentences in his post before writing what I wrote. But what I wrote was not supportive of what he wrote - it ran counter to what he was writing and he rejected it.
In my opinion, other people are going to notice the same things that I noticed. And he had a chance to address it. But instead because he chose to censor me, no one is going to get clarity on the things that I wrote about at his blog post.
Expressing an opposing viewpoint
I then went to another site to comment on it. I read the article but had a completely different take on how to solve the problem. I wasnt sure how to comment on the article without appearing to be grandstanding - i.e., offering more authority on the subject than the author of the post. So I basically just passed on commenting on the site.