We all ought to own up to comments we make but who owns your comments? Some places allow editing and deletion of your own comments and some don’t. Have you ever submitted a comment to another blogger’s blog and then wanted to edit or even delete it and discovered it’s captive?
Bloggers blog to connect and discuss. Comments are valued as they energize discussions with the addition of information, observations, suggestions, wit and goodwill. By crafting quality blog comments we contribute positively to discussion, but every comment we submit may not be our best and some we may regret submitting.
Everything posted on a blog contributes to its brand and the blogger’s reputation either positively or negatively. When it comes to comments posted on your blog, it’s your contractual obligation to remain within the Terms of Service you agreed to as set out by your blog host. Beyond that the choice of whether or not to set rules of engagement for discussion on your blog is yours alone to make and to express in your commenting policy.
Of course you should stand on your words however consider what follows.
You may make spelling and grammar errors and only discover them after you click the submit button.
You may try to express something in an awkward manner that makes you appear less than intelligent and seconds later come up with a better way to say what you meant.
You may be tired, ramble off course and then moments later want to edit and remove what’s not on point from your comment.
You may be a blogger under attack receiving negative comments on our own posts. You may forget to keep your blogging cool and react emotionally rather than responding intelligently, and you may lash out in a comment on another blogger’s blog, forgetting whatever you post on the internet is likely to remain there for years to come.
Edit and delete comments policies
Some sites like Blogger, Facebook, Google Plus and Pinterest do provide the ability to edit and delete comments you submit to another blogger’s blog. There is no ability to edit or delete a comment you leave on a WordPress.com blog and it’s important to know that. Provided the blogger who received the comment will agree to editing or even deletion that may take place, but if they do not agree your comment can will captive.
Edit and delete comments yay or nay?
1. Some bloggers think that approved comments should stand as is forevermore.
2. Some bloggers believe a 5-10 minute comment editing or deletion of comment opportunity ought to be provided by the software.
I believe a 5-10 minute comment editing or deletion of comment opportunity ought to be provided by the WordPress.com software.
3. Some bloggers believe asking the receiving blogger to correct typos or spelling errors in a comment is okay and others don’t think so.
I think it’s okay and when I spot clearly unintended spelling errors and typos in comment I fix them so the commenters aren’t embarrassed.
4. Some bloggers believe asking the receiving blogger to delete a comment that no others have responded to is okay and others don’t think so.
I might consider doing that. It depends on the circumstances.
5. Some bloggers think editing requests ought to be dealt with on a one-by-one basis.
I clearly state that I will do that in my commenting policy.
What do you think? Have you included provisions in your commenting policy for requests for editing or deletion of approved comments that have no responses to them?
Maybe the time has come to ‘fess up re: your commenting faux pas or maybe not. If you are game then see below.
Have you ever submitted a comment to another blogger’s blog and then wanted to edit or even delete it and discovered it’s captive? I have.
Have you ever submitted a comment to another blogger’s blog and then wanted to edit or even delete it but lacked the courage to ask them to do so? I have.
Have you ever submitted a comment to another blogger’s blog and then asked to edit it or even delete it and been turned down? Not yet because I’m still in the gutless stage of not being able to summon the courage to ask.
Related posts found in this blog:
Crafting Quality Blog Comments
Comments and Discussion Settings
How to handle negative comments
Why blog comment moderation is a good thing
Blogging: Comment Baiting
Encouraging blog readers to comment
A Comment Policy for your Blog