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Do You Respond To Every Article Comment?

Should we be responding to every comment on our articles? I've read where some folks say that they respond to every comment they get, and others say that no, they don't. I do read every comment, but I can't say that I respond to each one. If I feel that the comment requires a response, then I respond. If not, then I don't. Writing "thank you for reading" on every comment seems shallow and superficial. I don't expect a response on my comments unless I ask a very specific question. I guess you could click the like button to let folks know that you've read the comments. I really do appreciate every comment that is made, and I look for the little speech bubble in my activity feed. I guess I treat comments like most social concerns...I only respond if I have to respond. How do you handle your comments? Do you feel that there are certain unspoken rules about comments and comment netiquette? What do you expect when you leave a comment?

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WordChazer wrote on March 14, 2015, 2:48 PM

Sometimes I respond, sometimes I like, sometimes I read and move on. Each comment to its own, and each writer to their own too.

maxeen wrote on March 14, 2015, 2:49 PM

If I read a post I will always comment(unless it is a preach i.e religion ) When I get a comment I always reply,sometimes twice. It is nice to get a comment,also nice to have one answered..I agree the like button is handy if one has already commented..

wolfgirl569 wrote on March 14, 2015, 3:18 PM

I often respond but not always. I do click the like button if I dont respond just to let them know it was read if they check back later

SebastianOnciu wrote on March 14, 2015, 3:23 PM

I don't respond to all the comments, I prefer to make a selection of those whom I find more interesting and reply to them.

Colibry21 wrote on March 14, 2015, 3:36 PM

I will sometimes respond to articles that I read, but not always. It depends on the post, and if I have something to say.

oneoveralpha wrote on March 14, 2015, 3:53 PM

If there's a reason to respond, then yes. But I think "Thanks for your comment" is just implied.

Ellis wrote on March 14, 2015, 4:47 PM

The best I can do is try to respond to a comment...but often one just tends to repeat oneself so in those cases I just give it a like...

SoundNFury wrote on March 14, 2015, 6:08 PM

I generally try to respond the every comment. The only times I have not are when I feel that it would start an argument that wouldn't go anywhere or that I don't have the energy for. Sometimes I take a while to get to them all, but I do try and reply to every one.

morilla wrote on March 14, 2015, 11:17 PM

I'm always a little torn whether to do so or not. I suspect, as with face-to-face interaction, it takes a little time to understand the 'nuances' of each individual and their expectations. It's like when you're asked: "How ya doin'?" If you're standing in New York City, a 'response' is generally not expected. If you're standing somewhere in the Midwest however, if you don't respond, you're considered 'strange' if not outright 'rude.'

valmnz wrote on March 15, 2015, 3:38 AM

I try to respond to the first ones coming in, after that, if I've moved on I sometimes just click on the Like button as a way of acknowledgement.

scheng1 wrote on March 15, 2015, 4:26 AM

I do not respond to comments on my posts, but I will read and comment on their posts.

iimouto wrote on March 15, 2015, 8:56 AM

I read all of my comments but I only respond to those who are asking questions. I try to keep my page clean so I don't leave random unnecessary comments.

AliCanary wrote on March 15, 2015, 9:29 AM

I like to try to, but I always get really behind, as my internet connection is not blazing fast, and it takes a little while for the page to refresh each time. Sometimes when I can make it to the library, I'll go on a big comment-response rampage, which is why sometimes you will get a response to a comment you left on one of my older posts.

Carmelanirel wrote on March 15, 2015, 11:14 AM

Interesting that you mentioned that writing "thank you for reading" you feel is shallow and superficial, because I think because we only get credit for our first response and not anything after that can lead to shallow and superficial comments. See, I am used to replying to comments and if it continues into a conversation, that is wonderful. I will do that even if I get no credit.

OldRoadsOnceTraveled wrote on March 16, 2015, 11:27 PM

On Bubblews, I've always maintained the position of only commenting when I had something to contribute to the conversation, but I admit I broke my own rule by racking my brain for something to say on posts by people that I knew only interacted with people who commented on their posts because they didn't care to check their notifications for likes. Guiness the Cat always found more things to comment about than I did. I held the same position about replying to comments, even though I got paid for the reply.

When I joined Persona Paper, things abruptly changed. I reply to almost every comment now, genuinely, even though I don't get paid for it. I think it's because there's so much more quality interaction going on here. Comment threads become real conversations on many posts, not just some gratuitous 30 characters posted to earn a coin. I've opened up so much more here.

ViperGirl85 wrote on March 18, 2015, 9:55 PM

I try to respond to each comment, both on my own post and then I comment one of their posts (providing I have something to say; I'd rather leave no comments than something irrelevant). It's just takes me a few days sometimes.

CalmGemini wrote on March 19, 2015, 12:25 AM

Sometimes I do and some times I do not.I do not think all comments need replies.I think as it is,you are doing fine.