Case Study: The Case of Negative Comments

This June I embarked on one of my first group projects entitled Peeve Week 2. During that time, many controversial articles were written. One article I wrote has been highly controversial with pretty much nobody agreeing with my view.

The purpose of Peeve Week was to get out opinions on subjects. I took that chance, and I ranted about my views on tattoos.

The first few commenters were from people who knew me. Then Google Image Search took over, and the commenters came from all over. It’s been five months since I wrote the infamous post, and the commenters still come once or twice a week.

Within this post, I’d like to point out the types of negative comments I received on my tattoo post and how I have handled the negativity.

Comments that Enlighten

When I wrote my tattoo post, I wrote it from my point of view. I wasn’t really concerned with others’. It was my opinion, and I was going to get it out there for Peeve Week.

However, some of the commenters were very good at explaining their position and enabled me to see where they were coming from.

These types of comments are valuable as they help the author see an alternate position to an argument.

Comments Seeking Advice

Some of the commenters were of the audience that I intended to reach regarding tattoos: those who had yet to get them and were debating amongst themselves.

I merely was getting all of the cons out there, and some of the commenters were asking for more information, help, or advice.

Comments that Get Defensive

Some comments more-or-less said, “How dare you write your opinion on tattoos!” I could’ve easily wrote back, “How dare you as well”, but I didn’t.

For the commenters that got defensive, I bit my lip and responded objectively (if at all).

Comments that Name-call

Some commenters called me names, such as telling me to grow male reproductive parts instead of acting like a female. Some told me to shut my mouth. Some told me to grow up. And some told me to stop being so close-minded.

The funny thing about name-calling comments is that they hardly ever make a point. So rather than respond, I usually ignore these name-callers.

Comments with Authority

With my tattoo post, a couple of tattoo artists stepped up to the plate. The lady who’s picture I used for the post even stopped by to drop a line.

These guys and gals know the tattoo business and have many tattoos themselves. They see doctors, lawyers, and pastors coming in to get tattoos. These are the guys and gals who don’t need to debate my points, yet they took the time to share their unique insights.

The commenters with authority are the MythBusters of the blogosphere.

Comments with a Genuine Appeal For Feedback

Other commenters were wondering what others around them thought. Some were questioning whether to get tattoos, and wanted the opinions of what seems to be a rather opinionated audience.

Comments with Advice

Some commenters gave advice for those seeking tattoos and told others what (and what not) to look for.

Some gave advice to people who had tattoos already and how to land those jobs and to not take the opinion of one person.

Comments that Distract

And lastly, some informed me and other commenters that there are bigger issues to be worried about, notably global warming and genocide.


Within one small post in my small pie of the blogosphere, I found many types of comments that disagreed with my views.

I had to take many such comments with restraint, and choose to respond objectively (if at all).

My opinion remains unchanged, but others got to weigh in on a controversial topic.

Thanks for reading.

About William

William lives in Oakley, California and is an avid tech enthusiast. When he's not writing about online social networking and businesses, he is busy reviewing how social media affects us all.