I love diaries and read a whole lot of them, but I love comments more. Where a diary informs, comments inspire, laugh, snark, and add to the total experience. A diary seems naked without comments. It's like a conversation with nobody.
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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.
So, tip and rec generously. Consider it a collection of good karma if you need an added push to do the right thing.
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