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  •  Well done. (27+ / 0-)

    JnH recently posted his list again in another diary about blogging etiquette, and with all of these there is much overlapping but I do like the lists so I'll reprint his here in case he isn't around.

    JekyllnHyde's Ten "Do's and Don'ts" of Daily Kos Blogging


    •Do remember there is a live human being at the other end of the blog exchange.  One who is sensitive, has emotions, and may not react well to constant criticism.  Some of us often lose sight of that fact.
     •Don't belittle or disparage anyone in your comments nor hold personal grudges.  Even if you had an unpleasant exchange, try to forget it by the next day.  Move on.
     •Do have a high level of tolerance for dissenting view points.  You aren't the repository of all knowledge and wisdom.
     •Don't expect others to support your blogging efforts if you don't bother to reciprocate.
     •Do try to visit all kinds of diaries and, in particular, support the community diaries.  It will strengthen your ties with others.
     •Don't express the first thought that crosses your mind, particularly when responding to an inflammatory posting.  Take a deep breath before you do. Sometimes, just as in real life, reticence is a desirable trait.
     •Do rely upon humor to diffuse a thorny situation and gently disarm someone.  Even if you disagree with them, walk away after the second or third exchange.  Beyond that point, the conversation will usually deteriorate.  Simply learn to walk away and don't insist upon having the last word. And, don't worry if you're on the losing end of an argument.  In professional baseball, for example, the best hitters fail seven out of ten times and still have a chance to make it to the Hall of Fame.
     •Don't write anything that you wouldn't say to a person's face.  This approach will help you restrain yourself.
     •Do recommend generously.  Others also put in a great deal of effort in writing diaries and comments.  It isn't all about you.
     •Don't ever Hide Rate anyone unless their behavior is very disruptive or egregious such as someone making racist, bigoted, or homophobic comments.  HR-ing isn't about making you feel all-powerful.

    More: Some men think the Earth is round, others think it flat; it is a matter capable of question. But if it is flat, will the King's command make it round? And if it is round, will the King's command flatten it?

    by blueoasis on Fri Jan 04, 2013 at 06:29:59 PM PST

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