On the post where I asked you what made you feel welcome to comment on blogs and polled you on what would make you unlikely to comment on a post, friend of the blog Eva notes in a comment:
One of the bloggers at nature network is currently polling (silent) readers about what makes them not comment. Registration requirements are in first place at the moment, followed by the mysterious “another reason”, so I’m curious to hear what the other reasons were, and whether they overlap with anything from your poll!
So, in the interests of sharing the information gathered by my (decidedly unscientific) poll of my readers, here are the responses people who picked “other” in my poll typed into that text box:
the content is boring
The tone ot the comments are highly partisan, hateful, snarky, or unfair.
snark gets more positive reaction than substance.
several. will post
On moderation: I don’t even bother at (say) Age of Autism — dissent is not tol
the blagger is itching for a fight
I’ll get lost among the hordes. where the commenters act like junior high kids in cliques
I like to see a comments policy that’s consistent and reasonable.
I usually only respond to a direct request for feedback. I have to register.
yet another registration service
The topic at hand that the discussion is engaging the topic
Commenting requires registration (PITA); >50% of commenters are illiterate
Many of the comments are abusive or dismissive.
any comment at all is complimentary; blogger rejects comment, I reject blogger.
re: moderation, less likely but only slightly
registration is required.
the anti-science to pro-science ratio is too large
This box is too small
Registration is required
Feel free to discuss these and other impediments to your participation in the comments. And, if you’re so inclined, you might click over and respond to that other poll Eva linked.