Monday Afternoon Link Fest: Video Rant Edition

Comments 8 by Rebecca Bollwitt

At last week’s podcaster meetup Matt brought up the fact that the quality of comments goes way down when you look at online video. Go ahead and open something up on YouTube and the first say, 50 comments will be about how the person sucks, the band sucks, or how whatever was posted is the worst thing someone’s ever seen.

Photo Credit: lyteforce on Flickr

First off, isn’t the golden rule usually, “if you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say it?”. I personally dislike mean and rude comments (who wouldn’t) so it’s my right as a blog owner to deny the publishing of said comments. Whenever I disagree with something on someone else’s blog I either write my own opinion in a constructive manner, as they are free to do in my comments. But if something stirs up any negative emotions, I just remember for a minute how it feels to receive a not-nice comment, and I hold my tongue (or fingers as it were). However, at but at no point do I ever feel the need to tell someone they flat out suck.

I propose we apply the Blogger’s Code of Conduct to the video blogging world as well.

With that said, here’s a mini link fest – a Miss604 link love special since 2006.

  • Thanks to Darren Barefoot, my husband and I have our photo (with credit) in the Wall Street Journal [DarrenBarefoot][WallStreetJournal]
  • Metroblogging Vancouver has a new author, Stephen Rees, whose first post is up. If you’d also like to write for Metblogs feel free to contact us.
  • There seems to be a divide in this city when it comes to microblogging sites. Are you on Jaiku? Pownce? Twitter? All three? Which is your fave? Victoria has already stated her preference. Also, have you read up on your Twitter Etiquette?
  • Tanya (NetChick) is moving and is getting rid of some household items, a list of which is located on her blog. I believe as of this morning the glass table was still up for grabs.
  • Zanstorm of Waiting for Stanley was a guest host on the latest episode of The Crazy Canucks podcast.

  • 8 Comments  —  Comments Are Closed

    1. Keira-AnneMonday, March 17th, 2008 — 6:12pm PDT

      Count me in for that new Code of Conduct.

      On an unrelated note, excellent choice in photo. Apparently I was home with the light on when that was snapped.

    2. Jeremy LathamMonday, March 17th, 2008 — 6:13pm PDT

      Congrats on the WSJ coverage! That’s awesome!

      You’ve got my support on the BCC.

    3. RaulMonday, March 17th, 2008 — 6:42pm PDT

      Great idea, Rebecca!

      How do you manage to have great content ideas even when you’re not feeling well? 😀

      I think one point you’ve brought up quite frequently on your blog (and that I think you’ve very accurately shown how to do in a very appropriate way – linking and crediting sources and photo credits) should be included in the Bloggers Code of Conduct.

      I, for one, have followed guidelines on how you do things because I find that it is a very appropriate way of doing it. For example, crediting photos. I now have learned how to directly blog from Flickr to WordPress and if you see how my photos are credited, it’s the same way you do. I think you’ve done a very fine job of showing how to properly credit photos and spread link love. Just my 2 Canadian cents. 😀

    4. Jeffery SimpsonMonday, March 17th, 2008 — 10:02pm PDT

      I actually quite dislike the Blogger Code of Conduct. Not for anything particular included in it, just the very idea that there even needs to something like it. Good manners is good manners whether or not someone is online, inline at a grocery store or at home with their kids. If people don’t know how to behave, pointing at something cooked up by a few bloggers they’ve never met isn’t going to change their minds.

      To a certain degree though my view of the situation is skewed. Having been in journalism I’m used to getting bonked by readers. I think it’s an important part of having an open dialogue, and for the most part the really rabid ones tend to do a better job of making fools of themselves than their targets.

      The old adage is don’t start an argument with someone who buys ink by the barrel. It’s just as true online. At the end of the day you control what happens on your site, if you feel someone crosses the line take it down. My tendency would be not to, but that’s me I’m weird. The sad fact though is the more exposure someone gets, and the more success, the more they’re going to get people who feel like knocking them down a peg or two. It’s why people are always claiming bands “sold out”. It’s just the ugly side of human nature.

      P.S. Thanks for the plug for the recruitment drive. Hopefully we get some more top quality authors.

    5. Mostly LisaTuesday, March 18th, 2008 — 12:28am PDT

      mean comments suxx. & Twitter is my microblogging platform of choice. Pownce is definitely catching on as i like the fact that there is no character limit. i always have to control myself on twitter. guess i’m just a wee bit too wordy. No one is on Jaiku. No one. I have something like 8 friends. And that’s not enough to get excited about. For me, microblogging is all about the community. And Twitter wins. Hands down.

    6. phaedraTuesday, March 18th, 2008 — 7:13am PDT

      I’m down for a Code of Blogging Conduct as well, as unfortunately not everyone has alot of couth when leaving comments, etc.

      Gorgeous photo indeed, and I hope you are feeling better!

    7. MarinaTuesday, March 18th, 2008 — 12:04pm PDT

      I should have known that there was such a thing as Twitter Etiquette. Consider me educated!

    8. MegWednesday, March 19th, 2008 — 9:23am PDT

      After my experience on Digg when my “asshole” post hit the community there, I’m fairly convinced that anyone who would follow a blog code of conduct is already doing so, prior to the publishing of the same. 🙂 I probably wouldn’t have written that post at this point, with the things I’ve seen since as both a blogger and a reader.

      Anyone who is going to flame will keep flaming, no matter how many times they get deleted or smacked down. Life is like that, too… people with a negative message are some of the most determined people on earth.

      On an unrelated note, I emailed MetBlogs once about writing for them, never heard back. 🙂 Apparently I’m not a “top quality author.” Ha!

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