Comment On & Rec The Good Diaries And Ignore The Bad
by Todd Beeton, Tue Mar 24, 2009 at 12:43:53 AM EDT
Earlier today I was disturbed to read three or four diaries that I deemed objectionable. A few I deleted and a couple diarists I banned but guess what the most annoying thing about the diaries was: they were the three or four diaries with the most comments on the whole site and a couple had even made it to the Rec list.
Now, this hardly comes as a surprise; controversy breeds conversation, a diary that evokes an emotion, especially if it's annoyance, is way more likely to inspire comments than one that is benign. So I'm asking you guys to try to resist the urge to engage with diarists more interested in righting past wrongs and picking fights than in eliciting constructive thought and inspiring a conversation. Help me reward good behavior and ignore bad by engaging with the well-written diaries even if it's just a quick rec or supportive or dissenting comment. As it is now, if a diary has a lot of comments, it's usually because the content of the post is objectionable. I'd like to reverse that.
I'm going to dive into the diaries more and hopefully as more readers join me, more engagement will translate to more and better diaries and we can marginalize diarists who are here in bad faith and attract more whose intentions are pure. Also, the more recs the good diaries have, the more people it will take for the bad diaries to get on the rec list. And as for what constitutes bad faith vs. good, let me just clear something up: diaries that are critical of the president and his administration are not disqualifiers; in fact they are welcome as long as they are productive and constructive.
Thanks for reading and thanks for helping me improve the site.