Commenting on Blogs

Via Steve Rubel a great post from the folks at Lifehacker, offering a sound guide to weblog comments. While I'm not a regular commenter, I almost always read the comments of others, often finding as much insight in the comments as in the post. That being said, I think the best comments read like they were formed straight from this list.

  • Stay on topic
  • Contribute new information to the discussion
  • Don't comment for the sake of commenting
  • Know when to comment and when to e-mail
  • Remember that nobody likes a know-it-all
  • Make the tone of your message clear
  • Own your comment
  • Be succinct
  • Cite your sources with links or inline quoting
  • Be courteous
  • Don't post when you're angry, upset, drunk or emotional
  • Do not feed or tease the trolls

Sound advice, particularly the bit about the trolls.