Techniques & Plugins to encourage comments

16 Apr 2008 (Wed)

“In most online communities, 90% of users are lurkers who never contribute, 9% of users contribute a little, and 1% of users account for almost all the action. – Jakob Nielsen

FOR SOME TIME I’VE BEEN WONDERING: What’re the best ways to encourage comments on one’s blog? And not just any comments, but those that promote meaningful exchange of insights and experiences. I’ve found 10 techniques and 10 plugins through a Google search. Could you add a tip or two here please?

According to usability guru Jakob Nielsen, one needs to:

  • Make it easier to contribute. The lower the overhead, the more people will jump through the hoop.
  • Make participation a side effect. For example, Amazon’s “people who bought this book, bought these other books” recommendations are a side effect of people buying books.
  • Edit, don’t create. Let users build their contributions by modifying existing templates rather than creating complete entities from scratch.
  • Reward — but don’t over-reward — participants. Although money is always good, you can also give contributors preferential treatment (such as discounts or advance notice of new stuff), or even just put gold stars on their profiles.
  • Promote quality contributors. …give extra prominence to good contributions and to contributions from people who’ve proven their value, as indicated by their reputation ranking.

According to problogger Darren Rowse, one could use these techniques: Read the rest of this entry »

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Truth not found in TV broadcast?

13 Apr 2008 (Sun)

“Study history, not the media. The truth is not to be found in a television broadcast.” – Chris D. Nebe, director-producer-screenwriter of the “Mysterious China” documentary series which showcases the epic cultural heritage of China

FRANKLY, I DON’T KNOW what to make out of the Tibetan protests. I’ve not spent significant time researching on the issues involved. However, from what I know and remember of Chinese history, I feel quite strongly that Chris Nebe (as a foreigner with insider knowledge and experience of China) is speaking the truth about Tibet in the video here:

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Tibetan protest: Strike with hatred & journey to dark side completes

12 Apr 2008 (Sat)

SAD NEWS INDEED: At the recent olympic torch relay in Paris, pro-Tibetan protesters attacked a wheelchair-bound girl (an ex-paralympian fencer) who carried the olympic torch, with a blind boy pushing the wheelchair from behind. The good news: They didn’t succeed. Thanks to YouTube, I can see what happened:

Reminds me of “Star Wars: Return of the Jedi”, where Emperor Palpatine said to Luke Skywalker: “The alliance… will die. As will your friends. Good, I can feel your anger. I am defenseless. Take your weapon. Strike me down with all of your hatred and your journey towards the dark side will be complete!”

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Top posts in & – one year later

10 Apr 2008 (Thu)

HAVE THE TOP 20 POSTS CHANGED in and this year, when compared with those of last year? Are “sex”, “money” and “controversies” still top reads?


As of today, the Top 20 (most read) posts in (2008) are (tags appended in the list below are my comments):

  1. v1.80 is Here: More Community Features | 81 pongs, 408 reads | by uzyn at Blog – community
  2. Going into is now so stressful (see picture) | 79 pongs, 248 reads | by simplyjean at Simply Jean – curiosity
  3. My Cousin Saw Mas Selamat! | 78 pongs, 399 reads | by jussaemon at The Original Juice – curiosity, piggybacking (post is not there anymore)
  4. Xiaxue gets flamed on high-profile USA blog | 76 pongs, 222 reads | by sheylara at – curiosity, piggybacking
  5. Sex blogging can ruin your offline reputation | 75 pongs, 554 reads | by themediaslut at the(new)mediaslut – sex, advice
  6. 15yrs old girl had sex for 300 times.. | 74 pongs, 466 reads | by ylva 2 at missYLva =D – sex
  7. EDISON CHEN SEX PHOTOS: Another 200 are leaked online, with possibly more to come | 73 pongs, 1666 reads | by publiceducator on February 10, 2008 at Public Education – sex
  8. Tammy NYP – Sex Scandal That Would Not Die. | 73 pongs, 597 reads | by ahpek at Malaysian Blogger – sex
  9. Last blog entry | 73 pongs, 274 reads | by dk99 at Decay On Net – curiosity
  10. [Living in Sin] Maia Lee is Fucked | 72 pongs, 274 reads | by nocturne at fruit of the poisonous tree – sex Read the rest of this entry »
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