Happy Thanksgiving to all of us in the United States. Hope you guys that are celebrating it, like me, and talking to your friends and family from a distance through the internet. Yup, definitely a fantastic way to celebrate thanksgiving on this blog by talking about comments sections and small bits of controversy. Yay! Umm, maybe go to my other, smaller blog later for some better content.
This post is the last part of Moya’s controversed workshop. This is Week 4 and following a good interview between Irina and Moya on that post. I don’t think anything will ever surpass that because both of Moya and Irina are fun people. Not going to try it, but I think a decent blog post is fine I think. Let’s do that and possibly a couple of the prompts. Who knows, let’s go crazy.
Prompt 2: How do you manage your comment sections, and how would you describe your comment-writing voice?
For the most part, I haven’t had to do much to manage my comment sections. Spam comments go into the spam folder most of the time. I only have to removed spam comments that make it through WordPresses filter sometimes. It’s very rare, but it does happen.
In terms of comments with you guys, all of you are pretty cool. I don’t have to do much because everyone is very civil and leaves pretty good comments. All of which is great considering that I don’t have all the time in the world to moderate as well as I could. That is the life of being involved with too many things I suppose.
When it comes to responding to comments, I can’t say that I am the best at it. There are tons of people that leave longer comments and I can’t say that I return a comment at that same length. But, I do try to respond when I can because everyone deserves a response when talking about a lot of cool things. Anime is cool and everyone has their different points of view, which is what comment sections are for.
That comes up with corrections too. If people read my posts and find a detail that I miss or have gotten wrong, then I try my best to thank the person in question and fix the mistake. It’s a blog post, so I can do it easily. Done. I try not to get salty over this fact because I am a human being that makes mistakes and forgets things. It just happens. Welcome to the human experience.
Sometimes I don’t know how to respond because a comment says everything and the words escape me. If I don’t comment sometimes, I’m sorry. I’m trying my best. Some comments are so complete and don’t feel like they are asking for a response, so the best I do is just leave a like. I hope that doesn’t bother anybody too much.
The only time I delete comments, which is very rare, are for comments that I really, really don’t want to respond to. I don’t want to talk about those too much because they aren’t worth talking about. The offensive kind that I just don’t want to look at any longer. Once again, very rare.
Prompt 3: Everyone gets worn out by controversial debates online. How do you fight the fatigue?
I feel lucky in some ways by being seeing so many online debates in the anime fandom second hand. When I go through social media most days, it’s usually hours after one sparks. I don’t spend a lot of time on social media during the day, unless it’s a weekend or day off. I have the luxury of being able just know about an argument and probably not tweet directly about them maybe.
Some arguments are cyclical. The sub vs dub debate is eternal and I do comment on it from to time, but it’s not worth it honestly. I should stop. Along with this, there is always the seasonal outrage that happens every season which isn’t worth commenting on. It doesn’t matter what position I have, the outrage will go away and come back for another reason. It just doesn’t mean anything because of the fact that it goes away after a bit.
I do my fight against online debates by attempting by spreading positivity. I share things that I enjoy, share some panels from manga that I’ve read, write posts on things that I like, and such. It’s hard to fight controversy in that way because negativity grows faster, but I need to try and do that positivity push anyway. Futile as it is, trying to do it either way.