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That said, thread jacking, trollery, and pie fights are as unwelcome as angry wasps.  I just keep scrolling down to find where the REAL commentary continues and read on.  Passing by and, thereby ignoring those train wrecks is the best strategy to avoid getting upset by it or (worse) being pulled into the nonsense.

As someone who writes diaries, I love comments even more.  I love to know what people think and there are always folks to add to the discussion with even more information and links, share their experiences, drop in some snark and astute observations.  I enjoy them all and unless it's hide-ratable, trollery, thread jacking, or a pie fight, I give everyone a tip, if not a reply in a diary I write.  It's my way of saying "thanks for stopping by and taking the time to comment".

When I read HoundDogs diary on Jotters numbers showing that far less than half of the people posting a diary on a day actually recommended even once, I was really sad.  While it's hard to read everything you want when you're tending a diary you've written, a diarist should be reading some other posts and expressing your appreciation.  

For the same reason you wouldn't enjoy a meal at a restaurant and leave without dropping a generous tip for the server, you shouldn't read a diary and leave without dropping a tip and rec unless the diary is unworthy of either.  And it's even more important because while those who work in restaurants are seriously underpaid, DK diarists don't get paid at all.  We do it out of love.

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April 5, 2014

Thanks to tonight's Top Comments contributors! Let us hear from YOU
when you find that proficient comment.

From Puddytat (it got lost in the shuffle and never made the Top Comments post):

This new medical condition caused by Obama Care by indycam in Top Comments own post Top Comments: How's That Obama Care Working Out For You?
From Tara the Antisocial Social Worker:
This look at the wingnuttery by Calvino Partigiani in the Front Page post Saturday nutpick-a-palooza: The Gay Agenda is winning too much!
Flagged by nellgwen:
This funny observation by Steven Wells also in the Front Page post Saturday nutpick-a-palooza: The Gay Agenda is winning too much!
Flagged by Cedwyn:
This diary worthy comment by AllDemsOnBoard in  I was NOT wrong by New Minas.

April 5, 2014

(excluding Tip Jars and first comments)

Got mik!

  1) That's right, Glenn, you... by Meteor Blades — 173
  2) Which means by Diogenes2008 — 123
  3) Spiking the football is fun! by kos — 121
  4) I have such admiration for Obama by crystal eyes — 109
  5) Facts mean nothing to American Taliban by Shockwave — 102
  6) I don't know by Steven D — 101
  7) I believe it has been diaried before, by jan4insight — 99
  8) President Obama's amazing. Thank you for this by 88kathy — 99
  9) It's going to be the person to person by Puddytat — 95
10) Impressive, eric by Dave in Northridge — 89
11) I remember reading about his visit by SoCalSal — 89
12) Opposition is hating on poor and, as I by Inland — 88
13) Dubois also point that out by NLinStPaul — 88
14) This here is particularly infuriating by Dallasdoc — 87
15) This is so true: by quiet in NC — 86
16) POTUS has taken 23 executive actions re gun safety by ericlewis0 — 82
17) You've accused me of being a little "fast" before by occupystephanie — 80
18) Nice combination... by newmexicobear — 80
19) Our government has failed in its prime … by Yellow Canary — 80
20) From Network Neutrality to Network Neutralization. by here4tehbeer — 79
21) I lived in Florida 08 to 2011 and Charlie Crist, by nocynicism — 79
22) After dropping off our Tax's by bearsguy — 77
23) I am one of those who quit my job by zizi — 76
24) if Obama was a dictator by rexymeteorite — 73
25) And fewer cranky older people by crystal eyes — 72
26) This is the real existential threat by pajoly — 72
27) Which is Why Howard Dean Proposed to the by Gooserock — 71
28) The people in the red states being screwed by joedemocrat — 69
29) The fact Republicans are scary by Horace Boothroyd III — 68
30) He's A Daddy..... by snapples — 67
31) Yes, more than a little racism involved, by TomP — 67
32) Yup. My wingnut coworker, by edwardssl — 67
33) That's so sad on a fundamental level. by Onomastic — 67
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