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How to Make a Comment

August 27, 2015

I have been writing this blog for a few years. I’ve posted over 240 articles, and I’ve had about 1.2 million hits. So I guess it is to be expected that I would receive a few obnoxious comments over the years. Actually, I’m surprised that there have been so few given the lack of civility in our world today. But, there have been a few, so I thought I’d take a moment to address folks on the proper way to make a comment. That would be a comment on this blog, or anybody else’s blog, or to your next door neighbor as far as that goes.

Acceptable comments are comments that ask for clarification on a point, or comments that add additional information to the article, or comments that recommend another source of information about the topic at hand, or comments that reflect an individual’s personal experience with the subject. Comments that represent a different point of view or dispute some fact within the article are also perfectly acceptable so long as, and here’s the hard part for some morons, they are presented in a polite manner. There seem to be a very limited number of individuals who have nothing better to do than troll the internet looking for things to comment on so they can express there absolute superiority to the rest of us mere mortals. There comments generally start with something like, “you obviously have no clue what you are talking about,” or, “the information contained in this article couldn’t be more wrong.”

Here’s a heads up for people who write comments like this. I know that when you are writing this, you are picturing yourself as Arnold Schwarzenegger in the movie Predator, but trust me when I tell you that the rest of us are picturing you as Paul Blart in Mall Cop. All of the real experts that I have met over the course of my years have all shared two characteristics; (1) they have all been extremely humble about their knowledge and abilities, and (2) they have all been unfailingly polite. Rudeness is a sure sign of an insecure poser or to put it in the modern vernacular a “mall ninja.” I have never received a comment from one of these individuals that was factually correct, and in most instances it has been obvious that they haven’t even read the article.

So, if you are an individual who likes to make snotty comments on the internet, I have some advice for you. Lose some weight, move out of your parent’s garage, and try dating a real flesh and blood girl. This will give you something to do in the evenings instead of trolling the internet. If you still feel the urge to be a pompous horse’s ass then you should try and get a cable news program where you will fit right in. As for commenting on this blog; you will go straight to the spam folder, because I’m the one who moderates the comments, and, by God, we will have civility here.

Okay, my rant is concluded. Since there wasn’t any real survival info in this post, I will do another one in a couple of days on how to start your own seed bank.

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8 Comments
  1. Gary permalink

    1.2 million, only 90+ million to go before people start to smarten up

  2. gary permalink

    amen to that. You just keep up the good work

  3. Alaina permalink

    You can’t see this right now, but I am standing and applauding you. And laughing a lot. I really appreciate all the info you have posted so far and find it extremely educating and helpful. Thank you.

  4. Joe Bishop permalink

    Hey is there any way I can get more info on the short bow in the last issue of the backwoodsman magazine.

    • Joe,
      I am currently working on a post about building a short bow. Really not much different than my series of posts on making a primitive bow, just scaled down in length. If you have a specific question you can e-mail me at sensiblesurvival@gmail.com
      Hank

  5. The ignorant overestimate their skill and the aware overestimate everyone else’s skill.

    Or their own.

    It depends on which psychology theory you subscribe to.

  6. Marshall Lentini permalink

    I can’t even imagine someone being snotty on your blog. If there’s one thing the wealth of your demonstrated knowledge should prove, it is that you know what you’re doing.

    And I’m sure you’ve heard this before … but please, put some of these in a book. Not for profit, just so we can carry you with us on our adventures, or in crisis. This is how wilderness manuals used to be. Like friendly little bibles, where politeness and wisdom are the rule.

  7. Nat Hart permalink

    Hank,
    You are the real thing when it comes to survival knowledge. I finally got onto your sight after years of knowing you. Despite what I thought I knew about basic survival techniques, just looking at a few of your articles shows me how little I “think out of the box” when it comes to this.
    Thanks and keep it up.
    Nat “Del Gue”

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