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Tricks and tips, practical advice and good manners for commenting on blog posts

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• A fundamental principle: think about your target audience.

• Before submitting a question, ensure that it is relevant to the topic of the post …

• Use block capitals only when necessary. BLOCK CAPITALS GIVE THE IMPRESSION THAT YOU ARE SHOUTING and discourage people from responding.

• Use your real name and avoid posting anonymous comments

• When you respond to another comment, it may be useful to quote a portion of the original text to facilitate comprehension.

• Use smileys/emoticons to indicate your frame of mind; however, use them in moderation. :-) is an example of a smiley. Do not assume that the smiley excuses all or helps soften an insulting comment.

• Pay attention to the level of language used as you are communicating with people from all over the world. Avoid the use of slang and local expressions.

• In view of the fact that your comments are archived by search engines, be careful of what you write.

• Do not include postings merely to point out the typographical or spelling errors of others.

• Avoid posting comments that only include words such as “hello,”  “hi,” “agree,” “don’t agree,” etc. Exchanges should contain constructive comments and thoughts.

• Falsification (usurpation of identity) and deception (multiple pseudonyms …) are prohibited.

• As a general rule, advertising is prohibited on most blogs, save for exceptional cases or in the case of sites specifically for this purpose (which is not applicable in our case). However, a link or a trackback can be inserted provided the comment is relevant and is not a ploy for hidden advertising.

• Ensure that you are well rested (or have had your coffee) before sending responses that are violent or emotionally charged if you feel very strongly about a particular topic; blogs can escalate conflict, because the physical absence of your fellow blogger heightens tensions. Even if you are alone in front of your computer, don’t forget that a blog is a public forum.

• Offensive or aggressive comments have no place on blogs. No form of personal attack is welcome on Youthink!

• Racist, pornographic, revisionist, or sexist comments, or in general any topic that is at variance with the law and human values are prohibited.

• Verify the source of the information that you post in order to avoid providing misinformation and spreading rumors. Cite your references.

• Unfounded accusations, distortion of facts, falsehoods, misinformation, as well as attempts to disseminate extremist or excessively partisan views, propaganda (direct or indirect), or any other form of proselytism or dogmatism are not acceptable.

• Learn to participate and share. The purpose of a blog is not merely to provide reading material; it is also enriched by contributions from the community, including yours!

• Even if you are not confident about your proficiency in English, conquer your fears…you are welcome to comment on our blog.

• Do not hold the blog manager accountable for the behavior of participants.

• Do not criticize bloggers for not responding to your questions, as they are under no obligation to do so.

• Comments on this blog may be edited if you fail to respect the aforementioned ethical and legal rules. Youthink! reserves the right to publish or not publish your contributions.

Thank you!
The Youthink! Team

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Submitted by Gabriel on
dereki totally agree with Judah. i have often ghoutht that the sermons are devoid of any real working of the Spirit because there is no interaction. there is no question and answer. people dont truly feel that the Word applies to them in their circumstances. even when the expositor is capable and methodically and a good speaker, it rarely turns into life action.instead, what if we spent that same time sharing His Word through a discussion? more likely to impact lives? i think so. better yet, why not go one step further, why not walk along side of that person and they with you. why not speak God's Word through our actions and in truth?anyway, at least let us dialogue.so on to the application to the point, should blogging have comments? yes, i think that the comments are what make a blog unique in this world. it makes it less of a theological dissertation and more of a interaction between two (or more) people. there is give and take. there are actual compromises and changes of opinions.is it hard sometimes? sure. we can be attacked when we put ourselves out there. Yeshua surely knows of this. He received criticism from some of those who should have supported Him. He was the fulfillment of all that they had longed for, yet instead, some criticized. yet, the reward comes when people like sha'ul or others come to follow our Rabbi. without our being open to criticism, we cannot be open to friendship or learning.sorry if i rambled. i havent blogged in quite a while and am very inadequately pouring forth months of pent up bloghood.in Messiah,peter

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