I’m just asking myself, what is the amount of comments that anyone bothers to actually read? A moment ago I read this post from Rara and I was about to comment, because I felt so … akin (a new word for me, hope this makes any sense).
I scrolled down willing to express my thoughts on the matter and realized, that there are already countless comments. Far before I reached the bottom of the page, where I actually could post my comment, I decided against commenting. The reason: I think it’s polite to read the comments of others. In case someone made a similar point, where I can build upon or if my comment would be simply redundant. Both cases do actually happen quite often.
Commenting without reading what others say – that crosses my mind whenever I find a post with a lot of comments, more then ten root comments I consider a lot – seems unfair and disrespectful regarding those that already left their thoughts.
If the matter is important and I have the time, I read even hundreds of comments, but swiftly. In case it’s just a funny coincidence, or something I riddled myself with, like in the case of Rara’s post, well I don’t comment. That feels rude and disrespectful too.
Because, I think Rara would have appreciated my comment – well at least I try to tell that myself. Might be, because I don’t get many comments … let me think … if I would get hundreds of comments a day … mmhh … that wouldn’t make any difference.
I think every thought-through comment, indicating the commenter has read the post, is more than welcome to any blogger. If I’m wrong here and you feel molested, please tell me and I will immediatoly stop.
What made me feel akin to Rara and started this post? She talks about her urge to fix things she comes across. More precisely the things she’s an extended knowledge of. Well I often have the same urge. For her it’s advertisement, homepages, design and signages. For me it’s software architecture, user interface design and more general small and large scale complex systems. I stumble across so many overly complicated things, that could have made way simpler if anyone just had put any thought in simplicity when inventing the thing in the first place or changing it through the decades of it’s usage.
Do you know the book Designed for Use. Striving for simplicity in UI design could be its caption. Highly recommended.