I’m bringing this topic up for discussion again, because for the past couple of days I’ve been lurking the comments of Confirmed, Submitted and Deadpooled entries, and I notice that a lot of people that are regulars in the comments section are a bit out of line.
Here are my issues with the community that comments on entries as of right now:
- Belligerency and antagonism directed at the OP of the entry. This is mainly a problem in the comments of Deadpooled entries, and Submitted entries that don’t “look like memes” to the community. It is a site regulation to be friendly, and attacking the OP’s value as a human is far past the point where I draw the line anyway. In addition, words like “faggot” are often unmindfully thrown around. I think that we should enforce prohibition of verbal abuse in the comments section. A life is not of any less value because of a terrible entry.
- Every now and then, I see people uploading Deadpool pictures to the image galleries of terrible entries. No matter how bad the entry is or how funny the pictures are, there is absolutely no reason to do this. It constitutes spam in my opinion, and it can cause hurt feelings on the part of the OP.
- I’m pretty sure that a lot of users know that the site’s moderation dislikes “+1” comments, but there are still copious amounts comments of the exact sort. I would give you a ratio, but there are too many entries with those types of comments for me to be bothered to count. So why do they do it anyway? I think it attenuates the original goal of the comments section. Saying “+1 deadpool” does not register as a constructive contribution in my eyes. If the moderators or administrators consider an entry invalid, they will add it to the Deadpool section. Alternatively, they could add it to the Confirmed section if they see fit, regardless of what the users say or think. The “+1” comments may have had value back in the older days of Know Your Meme, from what I am to understand (as in, back in 2009), but now they are more or less useless. The essence of spam.
This isn’t really a big deal, but when somebody bumps an entry to ask why it is trending, my blood boils.
Of course, I can’t fault the community for doing these things when they don’t have easy access to any regulations or guidelines concerning etiquette on the site. If a user visits the forums, the rules are stickied right on the General board, for all to see and (hopefully) follow. However, there are many users that post comments that I rarely or never see in the forums. If the rules are not easily accessible to that section of the community, then I can’t blame them for not following the rules.
To all those who are regular posters in the comments section of entries that might read this post: I understand if you get a kick out of seeing bad entries, I suppose. But is it necessary to act with such hostility and aggression, and to (essentially) spam both the comments section and the image galleries?
This thread’s purpose is constructive discussion about commenting etiquette, and how we could better our community by making an effort to improve on it.