I’m a researcher so I spend a significant amount of time reading on the internet. Quite often I cringe at some of the comments people leave on blogs. It’s obvious by some of the comments left that the commenter hasn’t read the article properly or has taken sections of the article out of context.
Before making a comment on someone’s blog, you owe it to yourself — and to the world in general — to read the post properly. If you don’t, you look incredibly silly when you end up disagreeing, especially when there is really nothing contained in the blog-post to disagree with. And, of course, there are ways to disagree.
For example, opening with an insult is never a good way to start off any social interaction. In fact it is the quickest way to shut down communication. I’ve frequently heard it said that some people pride themselves on being ‘brutally honest’ (as they generally like to describe it). In reality being ‘brutally honest’ is often shorthand for being arrogant and unpleasant. It’s generally an excuse for those people to be boorish, tactless and painfully rude. It’s a fact that, some people lack proper social skills. Furthermore they really need to learn the art of effective critique.
I liken someone’s blog to their house. After being invited into someone’s house would you then begin to insult them or ridicule them? Any decent person wouldn’t. And to be brutally honest, anyone that would, surely couldn’t complain if they then had their arse kicked out of the front door and were told never to return.