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posted by [personal profile] booklectica at 02:12pm on 17/11/2004
The thing is, if I'm really in need of comments, then I'm probably feeling insecure, and if I'm feeling insecure than it's likely that no amount of comments will really help. If I'm feeling really insecure I'm capable of reading twenty positive, helpful comments, dismissing them and then brooding about why X didn't reply and does that mean they hate me. :)

But usually I don't do that, and usually my response to not getting any comments is to post something else until I find a topic people want to talk about. Or do a poll. :)
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posted by [personal profile] djm4 at 02:15pm on 17/11/2004
Yes. That. Exactly.
posted by [identity profile] ciphergoth.livejournal.com at 02:50pm on 17/11/2004
My least favourite kind of comment whoring is the sort that only gets comments that say "yes" and "me too", such as "would you like to be on my smut filter?". Please, if you're going to ask a question like that, and you have a paid account, collect the results in a poll.
posted by [identity profile] purplerabbits.livejournal.com at 03:04pm on 17/11/2004
*looks guilty*
posted by [identity profile] ciphergoth.livejournal.com at 03:09pm on 17/11/2004
Damn, I thought you hadn't committed this particular sin and so I was safe ranting about it in your journal!
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posted by [personal profile] djm4 at 03:12pm on 17/11/2004
How so? I don't see why a post with lots of comments is any more unsightly than a poll on my friends list, and it allows people to respond in a more flexible way (for example: 'only if you're not going to post about my partners').

Seriously, it would never occur to me to go to the effort of doing a poll for a simple question like that.
posted by [identity profile] purplerabbits.livejournal.com at 03:22pm on 17/11/2004
I think that was more or less my thinking. Also I wanted to know which people actually *wanted* to be on the filter, whereas with ticky boxes some people just click away because it makes them happy :-)
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posted by [personal profile] djm4 at 03:29pm on 17/11/2004
I suppose it is marginally more effort to click on the 'Post comment' link and type 'Yes please!' than to click on a checkbox. But calling comment whoring seems a little OTT.
posted by [identity profile] ex-pipistre.livejournal.com at 02:59pm on 17/11/2004
What does annoy me is when I've written out something I thought was well-formed & coherent and nobody cares, yet 18 people feel the need to respond when I ask how to defrost a freezer!

I've always wanted to do a fake 'i-hate-myself-and-i-want-to-die-woe-is-me' post and see how many people respond with *hugs* or variants thereof, though...
posted by [identity profile] skx.livejournal.com at 04:09pm on 17/11/2004
I'm often suprised by the way that people comment, often people ignore the ones I want to receive comments on and seem to land on others.

Posting pictures of cats is usually a good way of getting comments, but do it too often and it gets dilluted.

I think that comment whoring is a valuable skill, it's almost like marketing only less sleazy!

Apart from the odd rhetorical post I'm usually miffed if I dont get a single comment though, be it agreeing or disagreeing. The only reason to stay in lj-land for me is the interaction, and without that (in the form of comments) it seems like less of a good place.


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