A Project and A Comment

First, the project. I feel like setting totally unrealistic expectations for myself by crocheting something to wear at TNNA in June. Why not Shrug Off Winter? I got this just for it (ooh, is it soft):

Peruvian Collection Baby Silk
10 balls of Baby Silk from elann.com.

Anyone want to join me?

Now for the comment. I deleted my first comment today (not a blog comment – a comment on another page of the site). Is it censorship? Strictly, sure it is. It was ugliness in my magazine. And here's what I think about it:

The internet allows us to select for different types of information in a away “real” life doesn't. When we walk around town we're bound to see advertisements, overhear conversations, and otherwise encounter input we have no control over. Not so on the internet. When we surf, we choose to read what interests us; we might even be inclined only to read opinions from people we have a feeling we'll agree with (I'm certainly guilty of that). There's both an anonymity and, paradoxically, a false sense of familiarity that can arise from frequent web surfing.

In my very own, very personal opinion, blog snark is so last year. Snark is lazy feedback. Snark is the negative feedback version of “that's great!” Except empty compliments are benign. Both types come from the frequently false assumption that the recipient of the feedback wants it. Sure, yes, I have comments on pretty much every page of the site because I want the feedback. Mostly, I want people to share their own information and add to the value of the site. But I don't want snark, which is why I wrote the comments policy the way I did. Snark can be downright mean.

I welcome complaints and negative feedback. Productive negative feedback. This is feedback that involves a complaint and a suggestion. If you hate something about the magazine, all the power to you. If you care enough to let me know about it I assume it's because you want something to change. Depending on how you let me know, I can do one of two things for you. I can ignore your meanness, or I can respond to your complaint. If your care in complaining is based in a desire to make yourself feel better, smarter, superior, funnier, or just satisfied in your own gutsiness, you should know it takes me a second to delete your comment. If your care in complaining is rooted in a desire to find answers, to improve a situation, to share your thoughts in a productive way with the understanding you might not be agreed with, then please, comment often.

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