Comments are user-created responses to other users' content. In Steem, it is used as one of the possible content types, which includes posts.
Comments are often created to express opinions or reactions to other users' content, such as posts or other comments. Comments can enrich the value of their parent content via follow-up questions or adding insights to facilitate further discussion. At times, discussions within the comments section can even prove to be more valuable than their parent content.
To create a comment, the user must click on the Reply button, add content, and click Post. To edit a comment, the user must click on the Edit button, perform the desired modifications, and click Update Post. Note that this only works on comments created by the user, not by other users. To flag inappropriate comments, the user must click on the flag icon, then click Ok. As of this writing, flagging is the equivalent of downvoting, and will reset curation rewards for the content in question.
Web powered conversations
David Weinberger, american writer and technologist described the beggining of the internet: "while removing the central control points, the Web enabled a self-organizing, self-stimulated growth of contents and links on a scale the world has literally never before experienced. The result was a loose federation of documents - many small pieces loosely joined". Then, in 1999, he signed the Cluetrain Manifesto that pointed: "a powerful global conversation has begun. Through the Internet, people are discovering and inventing new ways to share relevant knowledge with blinding speed. As a direct result, markets are getting smarter, ...and getting smarter faster than most companies. These markets are conversations. Their members communicate in language that is natural, open, honest, direct, funny and often shocking. Whether explaining or complaining, joking or serious, the human voice is unmistakably genuine. It can't be faked". When this manifesto was published, the internet industry was in a time called Dot-com bubble burst, during this period, many Internet-based companies, commonly referred to as dot-coms, were founded, many of which failed. Few years after this "online conversation" vision evolved into a new jargon that became used symbolizing the digital revolution revamp: Web 2.0. Naming the O'Reilly Media Web 2.0 Conference in late 2004, it refers to websites that emphasize user-generated content, usability and interoperability (when a website can work well with other products, systems, and devices) for end users.
Comments for profit on Steem blockchain
The steemian Jerry Banfield recommended that it is ideal to respond to every single comment in Steemit and make a chance to convert readers to followers. He wrote: “As we are building followers, it's critical to build a relationship with every single comment we get, because each comment we get on our posts that are not from some bot or spam, that's a chance we make of building a deeper relationship with a reader who will stick with us potentially for years”.
Cryptoctopus believes that as a blogger on Steemit, your number one asset is your followers and the people who engage with your content. This is why he make a point of upvoting good comments starting what he call as a virtuous cycle. Steemian Battleaxe reinforced that saying: “When a comments section becomes a dialogue between users it's a beautiful thing. Others who follow my comments section discover new content creators and knowledge is exchanged. I have learned a great deal just by reading your feedback you leave for me and others.” And for beginners, Steve Clark (@steevc), published this recommendation: Minnow - Your comments are worth more than your votes. Following this way, @taskmaster4450 always tell newer people that the key to success on the Steem Blockchain is to comment. He decided to do an exercise to argue with more accurate numbers, so in February 19, 2018 he shared its results: I made $230 in 7 days just from posting comments on Steem.
Social media and online communities engagement
In another way, in 2006 the computer scientist Jakob Nielsen published “The 90-9-1 Rule for Participation Inequality in Social Media and Online Communities”, with a new perspective about the optimism of web conversations. Jakob Nielsen wrote that in most online communities, 90% of users are lurkers who never contribute, 9% of users contribute a little, and 1% of users account for almost all the action. Even with this small participation, some open conversations in corporate and media companies websites brought some issues. In 2010, the CNN called attention about the reining in nasty user comments. They warned: user comments on news sites, while vital to interactive storytelling in the digital age, often read like scribblings on a bathroom stall: anonymous, offensive and full of hate. In 2014, an article published on Niemanlab listed 9 publishers websites that announced they were closing down their comment sections. They abandoned the practice in favor of letting users discuss stories on social channels instead. The article registered what Kara Swisher and Walt Mossberg (Recode website’s editors) wrote on their decision to end comments: “We believe that social media is the new arena for commenting, replacing the old onsite approach that dates back many years.”
In August 2017 steemian Jacob T. (@jacobtothe) that there has been a plague in the platform that needs to be addressed. He called it The Plague of Inane Comments and explained: “empty copy/pasted comments either offering generic compliments or begging for follows/upvotes are cluttering our posts, and need to be addressed”. One month before Chitty (@chitty) already noticed that spammy comments were becoming a problem in Steem, with less patience he warned: “I have let them pass but I will start flagging them from this point forward”. To fight these issues, the proactive spam prevention project Steemit Spam Fighter (@spaminator), announced in August 2017 the launch of Service Scam Comments. This is when an account leaves a comment in reply to another user claiming to have performed a service such as up-voting, flagging, or re-steeming but does not follow through with the action. For them, any reason why an account doesn't follow through doesn't matter if they continue to comment. These accounts, are classified as spamming and scamming the community and blacklisted by the project.
- Can I earn digital tokens for commenting? Published on Steemit FAQ, retrieved in March 6th, 2018
- How often can I comment? Published on Steemit FAQ, retrieved in March 6th, 2018
- Small pieces loosely joined - Preface Written by David Weinberger and published in Smallpieces.com in April 2012
- The Cluetrain Manifesto Written by David Weinberger, Rick Levine, Christopher Locke and Doc Searls and published in Cluetrain.com in 1999
- Dot-com bubble Published on Wikipedia, retrieved in March 8th, 2018
- Web 2.0 Published on Wikipedia, retrieved in March 8th, 2018
- Respond to Comments on Steem to Convert Readers to Followers! #3 Written by Jerry Banfield (@jerrybanfield) on Steemit in November 30th, 2017
- The virtuous cycle of upvoting your comment section... Written by Cryptoctopus (@cryptoctopus) on Steemit in December 5th, 2017
- How to Utilize the Comments Section for Profit and Wisdom Written by Battleaxe (@battleaxe) on Steemit in September 20th, 2017
- Minnow: Your comments are worth more than your votes Written by Steve Clark (@steevc) on Steemit in October 18th, 2017
- I Made $230 In 7 Days Just From Posting Comments On STEEM. You Can Too!!!! Written by @taskmaster4450 on Steemit in February 19, 2018
- The 90-9-1 Rule for Participation Inequality in Social Media and Online Communities Written by Jakob Nielsen on Nielsen Norman Group website in October 9, 2006
- News sites reining in nasty user comments Written by Stephanie Goldberg on CNN in July 19th, 2010
- What happened after 7 news sites got rid of reader comments Written by Justin Ellis on Niemanlab in September 16th, 2015
- The Plague of Inane Comments Written by Jacob T. (@jacobtothe) on Steemit in August 13th, 2017
- I will Flag all spammy comments Written by Chitty (@chitty) on Steemit in July 7th, 2017
- Service Scam Comments Published by Steemit Spam Fighter (@spaminator) on Steemit in August 30th, 2017
- @schattenjaeger : Stop Spamming in the Comments Section; I Won't Check Out Your Profile Just Because You Sucked Up to Me without Reading the Post June 22, 2017
- @gentlebot : Hello Steemit, I'm the Gentlebot! June 23, 2017
- @cryptogee : Using Steemit Comments To Lose Friends And Alienate People June 27, 2017
- @bestof : INTRODUCING: @bestof - A Crowd-Sourced Project For Highlighting The Best Comments On Steemit! June 29, 2017
- @jacobtothe : How to Comment on a Post July 7, 2017
- @pakforex : Spam in Your Comment Section July 17, 2017
- @suesa : How to write a comment August 8, 2017
- @chinadaily : Daily TOP comments(replies) & repliers and stats in the past 7 days (Jul 31 to Aug 06) August 8, 2017
- @shayne : How To Do Well On Steemit -- Comment! October 18, 2017
- @iamericmorrison : When a reply becomes a post October 29, 2017
- @funnycomments : Introducing: @funnycomments November 5, 2017
- @steevc : When your votes have no value then your comments still can November 17, 2017
- @silviabeneforti : "Just a friendly reminder: your comment seems to be spam" ^_^ November 22, 2017
- @good-karma : Introducing Pick! Steem comment picker. December 3, 2017
- @jacobtothe : Steemit Comment Sins December 5, 2017
- @steemreports : SteemReports - Trending Comments December 7, 2017
- @katharsisdrill : Some splendid advice on commenting! January 30, 2018
- @steemcleaners : The Art of Commenting March 2, 2018
- @ura-soul : Real Steemit censoring?! Flagged Comments In Steemit Being Completely Removed Now (Not Just Hidden)? March 13, 2018
- @heymattsokol : Comment on Other Steemit Posts: It’s a Way You Can Get More Organic Followers March 29, 2018
- @ontheverge : Now you can get SP for comments. New Steemit update May 15, 2018
- @steevc : Has the Steemit site changed for viewing comments? May 19, 2018
- @georgemales : Loserville Season 4 - The worst Steemit comment contest! (the contest where losers win!) June 24, 2018
- Oxford Dictionary : Comment Retrieved in 7/13/2017
- Google Books : Journalism, Online Comments, and the Future of Public Discourse Written by Marie K. Shanahan in 9/13/2017
- Wired : Actually, do read the comments—they can be the best part Written by Andrew Losowski in 10/6/2017
- Salon : Ranting made simple: How news sites’ online comments helped build our hateful electorate Written by Marie K. Shanahan in 12/19/2016
- Global Editors Network on Medium : Why news websites are closing their comments sections Written by Clothilde Goujard in 9/8/2016
- Mashable : No comment: Why news websites are ditching comment sections Written by Seth Fiegerman in 12/17/2014
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