I’m not looking for a general theory of what sets up the right room for dialogue as opposed to an argument, nor even for a fine grained analysis of whether dialogue or argument is what most blog readers and commenters are looking for.
If you’re reading this post, I’m interested in knowing what you prefer.
First, a quick poll (where you can choose all the answers that apply):
What puts you off of commenting on a blog? What conditions make you feel welcome to comment — indeed, set up an irresistible urge to jump in and participate?
Or, is your commenting more tied to your own stuff (e.g., how busy you are, how much you want to procrastinate, how nice it is outside, etc.) than the conditions set up by any given blog and its regular commentariat?
Tell me more (please?) in the comments … assuming I or the commenters who chime in before you haven’t set up conditions that totally put you off leaving a comment.