Comments posted by readers in response to forum threads and articles can often add value. Whenever I read a tech-related article I always peruse the comments section under and most of us would have, at some time or the other, visited a forum seeking help or some solution. However, there are also comments that are quite commonly posted and add nothing whatsoever to the discussion. These are the types of comments I find very annoying.
One of the most common useless comments posted on help forums in response to some poor soul who is experiencing a particular issue and seeking a solution is:
I have the same issue
You will often see this comment posted multiple times throughout a thread and it provides zero value and does not help one iota. In fact, all these comments do is bloat the thread and make it more difficult to find a potential solution.
Another common comment that gets up my nose and is often posted on help forums in reply to someone seeking help with a Windows issue. Or posted under an article reporting a bug/problem in Windows:
Install Linux, problem solved
Not only does a comment of that type add absolutely nothing to the discussion but it has been repeated so many times across so many forums it has become tiresome as well as annoying. I recently visited a Windows help forum where someone had posted that same comment and another reader replied with… “Hey pal, this is a Windows forum. If you want to post about Linux, p*ss off to a Linux forum and post there“. I wish that comment had a “like” button (Facebook style), I would have clicked that button in a heartbeat.
Another comment often posted on help forums in reply to someone seeking help with a Windows 10 issue. Or posted under an article reporting a bug/problem in Windows 10:
Windows 10 is malware
No, it isn’t. What a silly comment. I am guessing these comments are referring to Windows 10’s telemetry. If data collection is the basis for assessing malware then everything Google, Apple, most mainstream browsers, and just about every online service and/or website we interact with are malware. If you hate Windows 10 that much– install Linux, problem solved. 🙂
Finally, one of the most annoying comments begins with:
With all due respect/I mean no disrespect
Then goes on to completely disrespect whoever or whatever they are responding to. If they mean no disrespect, then it’s probably best not to follow that statement with a string of corrections and insults that constitute the very antithesis of respect.
Rightly or wrongly, most tech writers judge the success or failure of their articles based on the number of comments they attract. Fortunately, the vast majority of comments posted here at DCT add value to the discussion. However, that is not always the case. Some weeks back I wrote a detailed article explaining a particular Windows 10 feature and one reader posted a rather rude comment complaining about some perceived grammatical error. All that work, all that detail, and all he could find to comment about, and not in a polite way, was some minor error in grammar that did not affect the context of the article one iota. Not cool.
Thankfully, regular DCT readers are, in the main, way too savvy to post stupid or useless comments, and we writers always appreciate your comments. So keep ’em coming, folks.