If a linked article on the blue is about a delicate or heated topic, please read it before you leave an angry or dismissive comment. If you don't want to read it, please don't comment in the thread.
posted by Narrative Priorities to Etiquette/Policy at 8:13 AM (162 comments total)
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I know we've had a multitude of conversations here and elsewhere about users on the blue who don't seem to have read the linked article before commenting. I get that there's no way to actually enforce some sort of "read the damn article!" rule, nor would I suggest even trying to.
But I would like to ask that, in cases where the linked article is about a topic that many users feel strongly about, we all agree to just leave the thread alone if we don't feel like reading the article first?
Because by the time I'd read the piece linked in this post
and gone back to leave a comment, the entire thread had already been so overrun with awfulness that I had to give up trying to wade through it. Worse, many comments were reacting to assumptions about what the article might have said, not the actual text or the points it made. And so right out the gate, the conversation had been so thoroughly derailed that it couldn't really get started.