Online Comments and Discussions

Offering readers the chance to post their own comments on online news stories is now common. Faculty issues may also come up on other websites such as social media websites or general discussion forums. 

This can be a quick and easy way to rebut an inaccurate point or add information that an article or posting omitted. Some tips:

  • Depending on the website, you may need to create a login in order to post comments. Give a little thought to the user name which will appear with your comments.
  • Try to post early--the first comments will be read more often than the fifty-seventh.
  • Keep it brief and coherent. Make one main point per comment.
  • Keep a professional, respectful tone. Avoid getting into an angry, extended back-and-forth with other commenters.
  • Make sure you aren't wasting your time. Nothing is more frustrating than spending time explaining your points again and again to someone who refuses to understand. Especially if that someone is anonymous (and not, say, a personal friend on Facebook), and if few people are likely to read it anyway, you may want to just end the discussion immediately.