Hope its okay to post this here - my apologies if not. I'm not sure about the whole "netiquette" situation which is, really, what I'm asking about here.
I've been regularly posting (as 'Messier Tidy Upper' my username there) on the Bad Astronomy Blog.
I'm wondering, simply, what do folks think constitutes a good comment or a bad one there? (The BA blog specifically - & I guess elsewhere generally too.) Is it good to try and add a lot of information about something? To include links to sources backing up what you say?
Are more shorter comments better than one long one?
Is it better to address replies as individual comments or have a single comment with many replies to many other comments on it?
Its easy to get carried away with emotion especially on heated issues - and its easy to post things when tired that you sometimes regret later. I'm human, I'm often posting when tired or drinking & yeah, mea culpa, I might've stuffed things up on occassion. I'm also, I'll admit, not really great socially. :-(
I always try to do the right thing, to be polite, to obay the BA's no. 1 rule of "Not being a jerk" and to make positive contributions that inform / enlighten / answer &/or amuse.
I try to factually back up what I say & cite sources properly and include links for people to find out more.
I hope I'm suceeding and doing the right thing? Am I?
What do others think? Do folks have suggestions, pet gripes things they'd like people to do or not do or other related ideas?
Maybe the BA or somebody could come up with a "Commenting Dos & Don'ts" list that could be added as a sidebar item or referred to somewhere?