Dealing with comments

Journalists and writers need thick skin. If you’re the most popular person in town, you’re probably doing something wrong.

The Tab approves all comments on articles, unless they are¬†libellous.¬† We do this because we believe censorship on the internet is a waste of time. That means, as a writer, you’ll more than likely come under fire from trolls and nerds who get their kicks abusing people online.

Just remember one or two angry people can seem very loud on the internet. If you enjoy something, you might hit Like on facebook or tell your friends about it in the pub. The writer will never know.

If you hate something, you’ll go mental. You’ll pounce on any grammar mistakes or contentious points. You’ll probably abuse the writer. But who cares? The haters aren’t the ones actually putting their names to articles. Everyone thinks they can do better, but they can’t.

They didn’t get the joke

And your comment sounds like practically every other one online

To defend yourself, the first thing you can do is ignore them. If you want to avoid being called stupid or talentless, just don’t read the comments. Even if you’ve penned an article of the most soaring prose, someone out there will find a problem with it.

Alternatively, you can go toe to toe with these people. This is always fun. Just don’t spend too long on it. Sometimes it’s better to let them stew.

Journalists and writers need thick skin. If you’re the most popular person in town, you’re probably doing something wrong.

Read:

Local Idiot to Post Comment Online (the Onion)
Haterade (the Believer)

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