Is it polite to comment?

United States
September 7, 2008 1:42pm CST
When I respond to a discussion, I tend to read the responses of others. Is it polite to comment to someone's response, even if you didn't start the discussion? I just responded to someone's discussion, then commented to someone else about their response to the same discussion. Then, this feeling of rudeness came over me. I felt like I was butting in to someone's conversation. Is that right? When you post a response to a discussion, is it like you are speaking directly to the poster of the discussion? Or do you feel like your responses are directed at EVERYONE reading it? If someone asks a question, then the response is directed at the question. But if someone asks an opinion, then is your response directed at everyone? I realize as soon as we hit the 'Respond to this Discussion' button, we have just entered the conversation. Then it is our responsibility to either leave our two cents, or leave the building. But, as we pass other people in the conversation, is it O.K. to leave some of our two cents with them, as well?
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7 Sep 08
I don't see why not, MyLot is a public forum. If people want to have private conversations, they can PM each other. As long as you stay on topic, and keep it polite, I don't see a problem.
• United States
7 Sep 08
Thank you. I totally agree. If you only want the opinion of a few, send the message only to them. I do try to stay polite and respectful of everyone who might possibly read my response. But there is sooo much out there to debate about, someone is bound to start a riot over someone's loud mouth. It will probably be mine. Thanks for commenting!
@James72 (26829)
• Australia
7 Sep 08
I you have something relevant to add then I see no issues with this. What I generally see with many people is that they will make a comment to somone elses response and then go on to add their own response to the discussions as well. I rarely comment on other people's responses but when I do I tend to do what I have just shared myself. The whole goal is to stimulate discussion so if people do this in my own discussions then I think it is great and most welcomed!
• United States
7 Sep 08
I posted a response of my own to the topic, then as I was reading the responses of the other people, someone's comment caught my attention, so I commented to it, too. It was relevant to the discussion and it was not the same thing that I had just posted. I hope no one gets mad about it. I don't think they will. Thanks for your response.