Before You Comment on the Internet
This is a thought guide to commenting on the internet--and also in real life. Before you leave an unsolicited comment or critique, send a note, or post on a forum or chat, ask yourself these three questions:
1) Does this need to be said?
Or is it obvious and go without saying? Does it really need to be pointed out? Is it negative, inflammatory, rude, condescending, misinformed, just a guess, invalid, a logical fallacy, unintelligible, irrelevant, or just not worth saying? Then maybe don't say it.
Or is it humorous, entertaining, informative, enlightening, encouraging, thought-provoking, or something of the like? Will saying the thing you want to say benefit the people who will read your comment? Will it provide some value to the community at large or at least one individual? If so, proceed to the next question.
2) Does this need to be said by you?
Or has someone else already said it? Perhaps someone more informed, more qualifie