My time on Associated Content from Yahoo has been a positive experience, all in all. I have no regrets about stumbling upon this site by leaning over my laptop to take a swipe at one of the kids. I’m happy that, against the advice of my loving family who didn’t want me to embarrass myself any more than I normally do, I pressed that “publish” button for the first time. And of course, I’m thankful that finally after checking back dozens of times, I spotted my first comment, from none other than Abby Greenhill. Yes, it’s been a ride.
However, I would like to mention a couple of things that annoy me to no end.
I love commenting on Associated Content articles, just as I love receiving them. But I can’t count the times I have hit that button and, while waiting for the comment to appear, realized I have misspelled a word, called the author by the wrong name, or said something outrageously stupid. Aargh! You all know the feeling, the wave of heat creeping up from your toes to your eyebrows, temples pounding, fingers desperately searching for a button, any button, that will un-ring that damn bell…and the inevitable utterance of OH, S**T!!!
Do you realize it is absolutely impossible to stop that comment mid-air? I’ve tried everything from frantically banging the keys, to deleteing, to shutting down. Nuthin. Gone. It’s painful to see stupidity staring back at me, with my name and photo right there beside it. So what do I do? I immediately type another comment which fails miserably at correcting the first.
Would it be too much to ask for a preview of a comment? There are some of us who consistently embarrass themselves, even with a second chance, but it would help. I once commented on an article about using spell check, and spelled “think” as “t-h-u-n-k”. Hey, the “i” is right next to the “u”. Another time I wanted to say “set it up” and for some reason said “get it up”. Granted, the “s” and the “g” are two keys off, but the dog hit my arm.
Why is it that the only person able to remove a comment is the author of the article? The comment is MINE! I want control over it! I’ve received more than a few urgent requests to remove comments from my articles. I used to like to toy with the commenter. I would pull up the article to see just what it is that’s so distressing. Then it happened to me. I think I had written some smart ass answer, thinking I was commenting on an article other than one on dealing with Alzheimer’s. Of course now, I honor those requests as soon as possible, but it would be nice to have control over our own comments. Come on, AC. Sheesh.
Actually, I think there is a conspiracy afoot, perpetrated by a few select Associated Content producers. The only alternative we under 10,000,000 pv contributors have to correcting a goof in the comment section is….another comment. I think the all-stars have their own “zap this comment button” to protect their reputations. And, do you realize that when we re-comment on their posts, chances are that measly correction will land their article on the most commented list? Hmph. That’s just great. More people laughing or scoffing. Am I being paranoid? I think not.
Once, I hesitated before correcting and by the time I did, there were a gazillion comments posted between my correction and the original. There it was, without so much as quotations. That’s pretty stupid. Originally I had typed “tupid”, and was referring to some political decision the author, like myself, thought was silly. That’ll teach my flying fingers to slow down and apply more ressure.
Well, that’s about it. I can’t blame Associated Content from Yahoo for my writing that ridiculous comment after swilling a couple of glasses of Kenny, but I wouldn’t be against them just showing names, rather than names AND pictures beside our comments. I swear that wild woman in Mississippi recognized me from my avatar.