Be picky with site comments, you deserve the best.
Folks, I did write about this before, but it's been happening more frequently as of late...
There's an increasing pattern of people trying to "game" site comments in that they submit really poor/cheap quality ones in order to get it approved, get credits and get paid.
Such things include:
- Writing extremely general, short comments that show you didn't read my article.
- Writing things like "nice review" when I don't actually review anything (read it...).
- Copying parts of MY content and pasting it as part of your comment to write less. If you're going to do this, paraphrase and let me know you agree with my point, then it works.
- Trying to mass submit comments and basically write them in a similar way (poor effort).
- Grammatical errors, spelling errors.
- Writing as though you're texting: "Lolz, i, wazup,".
- Reviewing my writing style and telling me what corrections I need to make.
- Reviewing my article as though they are a critic.
Keep it simple please...
- Write comments that actually show you read the article.
- Write comments and talk about your experiences that relate to the context of the article.
- Ask decent question about the article (what about this, or what your thoughts on that).
- If you want to say thanks for the article, that's cool, but be more deep about it. Tell me how it helped you, it adds more quality content to the comment.
- If you have nothing to say (perhaps the subject is alien to you), then don't comment or at least say you're unfamiliar but interested in it, so ask a decent question. Otherwise, skip to a site whose topic you know about.
Your goal as a commenter is to create dialogue with the author and have other people see this.
And for the people who dont...
The best way to filter out those who do this is to simply disapprove the comment, and in mases if you have to. I certainly do this and I do it mercilessly.
It's my site that's on the line and many may disagree with my disapproval, but it's still my site and my right to disapprove and if it hurts your feelings, I honestly do not care. You will find though that find my reasons for disapproving comments to almost always be in one of the above bullet points.
This is a great system we have and it should only reward the people who truly provide us with the best comments that help our sites.
By being picky with who we approve comments from, we will be able to reward the truly honest people and in many cases, help those who aren't experienced in submitting good comments, raise their skill to be able to do so in the future.
Yes this means many people will have their comments disapproved when they try to submit them, but when you do this, let them know what they need to fix and make it clear so that they may have another chance.
That's for the good apples. And for the bad ones? You're never going to get past me with crap comments.
Good news guys, I found out that site comments has more filters in place stop those who misuse the system. Basically multiple disapproals blacklists the said person so they can't comment on your site again.
So basially being more picky about what you approve further pushes away the bad apples, even though there are a bunch of them. Either way, keep doing what you're doing folks and the system will evolve and be even better.