Saturday, 8 June 2013

Civility in the Comment Box

I am quite a fan of the Huffington Post. It feeds in a lot of news and editorials from other sources, and a lot of them are well written. Of course, there are comment boxes at the end of almost every piece and, as I might have mentioned, I'm a sucker for a good debate.

Problem is, they're not always good debates, or even debates for that matter. I often find that as soon as someone has argued themselves into a corner, instead of either conceding the point (ha, in my dreams) or just shutting up, they have to start flinging insults. At this point I usually take great delight in pointing out this chink in their armo(u)r or just bowing out.

This morning I woke up to read a response to a comment from me, which could have gone either way. The written word is a fairly useless communication tool sometimes, being unable to share inflection and emphasis in a sentence. Thus, a question I had posed as a genuine question rather than a hands-on-hips,
"rhetorical" jab, could easily have been mis-interpreted.

Instead however, I read this - 

What I can say is that you have given me a broader view of this subject via your personal perspective and I could not ask for anything more from normally useless conversation on a chat forum.


  1. I love how (especially on Yahoo) for just about any article, some commenters are determined to go off on a political rant.

  2. A less than random act of kindness. Good for them.

  3. I know... it makes all the difference.

  4. I can't bear to read the comments after most news articles; so I'm impressed that you jump right into the fray. And it looks like you were rewarded this time.

  5. Isn't it nice when you run across sensible, rational people?

  6. Gotta be British sarcasm. Dig deeper. :)


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