An idea entered my mind when I was at Nebz’s site reading this post. Although I seldom get nasty comments, I do find a lot, when reading comments from other sites. Perhaps some are just expressing their opinion with a little touch of emotion. Others are too brazen for their own good. And the rest maybe new in blogging and just don’t know any better. So I did a research to find out what are the proper blog manners one should “put on” and I found some here, here and here.
Although I find these “protocols” too nice, you don’t have to possess Victorian like manners to have the proper etiquette in cyberspace. To sum it up, all it takes is common sense to be considered “civil”.
If one is a commenter, one should think of it like one is a visitor in somebody’s home. One should be in his finest behavior and always be courteous to the host. Unless of course barkada mo ang may-ari at tambayan nyo ang bahay nya. Ibang rules naman ang applicable dyan.
If the host is telling a story, one should listen and base one’s remark according to the story. It’s not good to grab the limelight and tell your own story thereby undermining the host’s narrative. O di kaya, bigla mong ilalabas ang baon mong Tupperware or Avon products and try to sell it to the other guests.
If you like or find the house you just visited interesting, take note of it without thinking of reciprocation. Don’t obligate the host to do the same to your place as well. Hindi yung sasabihin mong “Pag kinuwento mo sa mga kachika mo kung gaano kaganda ng bahay ko, ikukwento ko rin ang bahay mo sa mga kachika ko”.
As for the blog host, think of your place like a restaurant where every day you have a “Today’s Special” menu. Huwag naman yung palagi nalang “apple pie” ang sini-serve mo o di kaya e pansit loglog na panis. Para naman hindi madala ang mga customers.
And if you received a complement, go all the way to acknowledge it. Huwag mong isnabin. Magpasalamat ka at nagustuhan nila ang luto mo.
Yun lang yun. Ika nga as Clarence Thomas said - Good manners will open doors that the best education cannot. Nasa ayon ba yung quote na 'to? A ewan!