Paul and I just had an argument about comment sections of blogs. He said that "everyone on the whole Internet" agrees with his point of view, which is that posting a comment and then never going back to the comment section to see if anyone else has commented on your comment is like going to a party wearing ear plugs. He says the comment section is where people discuss the post, and that it is weird to leave a comment and then "leave the room," as it were.
I say that the comment section CAN end up being a conversation between commenters, and that it's interesting and neat if it does, but the real point of a comment section is to comment to the blogger--more like listening to a speech and then going up to tell the speaker what you thought of it afterward; and I say that he's thinking of chat rooms when he makes his party analogy. I generally leave a comment and then don't return, unless it's the kind of post that leaves me wondering what other people will say about it, too. Paul says that my approach is antithetical to the whole concept of blogging/commenting.
What say you all? Do you return to the comment section of a post you commented on (1) always, (2) sometimes, (3) never? Do you think it's weird or rude not to? Do you think of the comments section as being for (1) comments, (2) conversations, (3) both but more of one than the other?
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