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Originally part of Dear Diary ...
What is the worst comment you have ever received on your blogs?
10 years ago, September 18th 2008 No: 1 Msg: #49186  
Sometimes even when you write about a country you love in a way you think is honest and not too critical - you cop critisism. Check this out - Sun drenched Southern India. Reply to this

10 years ago, September 19th 2008 No: 2 Msg: #49222  
Yeah, I have received comments like that too Ellen. I think we all get them. 😉 Reply to this

10 years ago, September 22nd 2008 No: 3 Msg: #49451  
Yep Ellen, sometimes even if you say positive things about a country you cop critisism... Ha, ha, ha... Some people just seem to find something to get angry about in any story and if they can't find anything they will make something up! And then they like to make it personal too, they don't just critisize the blog but you as a person for being so stupid, immature, ignorant or any other bad quality they can think of.

Some people don't seem to realize that our blogs are not supposed to be objective, they are highly subjective and should be treated as such. Naturaly if I have had a bad time or something bad has happened to me somewhere, the blog might be a bit more negative about the place, whereas if I had a great time it will be all glory and halleluja!

For instance just because I have been cheated a lot in some places in India, I would never think all Indians are cheaters, but my blog might after a few of those incidents be more negative about the place, simply because at the moment of writing the blog I am pissed off... Reply to this

10 years ago, September 22nd 2008 No: 4 Msg: #49454  
B Posts: 5,186

if you want to be a successful travel photojournalist, do your homework before you leave home. Get an education before you start making assumptions about an entire culture. Your article was painful to read... because your snide, bratty, and pompous air was written between every line.



I don't know how this commenter got so many things right about me? - probably an ex. 😉

We're all in good company 😉 Reply to this

10 years ago, September 22nd 2008 No: 5 Msg: #49483  
Pffff, nothing like a bit of constructive criticism eh :D Reply to this

10 years ago, September 22nd 2008 No: 6 Msg: #49486  
Ha - gold! All that comment does is make me want to read the blog! This just adds to my theory that anything remotely controversial or personal has the potential to make a fabulous tale.



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10 years ago, September 23rd 2008 No: 7 Msg: #49635  
B Posts: 102
Ali - I wish I had more comments like that. Intriguing indeed! I'm too much of a diplomatic wuss though...
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10 years ago, September 24th 2008 No: 8 Msg: #49691  
I read a couple of Alis blogs. There is nothing undiplomatic about them, yet there are some pretty nasty comments. I think being the owner of this site gives him a high profile which attracts more attention in general.

Unfortunately, if you stick your head up on the internet you not only meet wonderful fun people but you become a troll magnet too.

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10 years ago, October 6th 2008 No: 9 Msg: #50944  
Check out the 11th comment on my Iran blog.

I also once got an annonomous message from a screaming maniac who thought all my blogs are rubbish and everything I post on the forums is too. I deleted it becasue the person had nothing specific to say and the message had no member name attached to it. I should have kept a copy of it for threads like this one.
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10 years ago, October 6th 2008 No: 10 Msg: #50947  
I wonder if a comment I once got, which I also deleted, was from the same guy as yours (I am not talking about the Iran one), this guy was just ranting and not only at me, but also at the moderators of travelblog... And that I shouldn't be kissing your asses or something... And of course how terribly ignorant and arrogant I was... Since it had nothing to do with the blog, I too deleted it... Reply to this

10 years ago, October 6th 2008 No: 11 Msg: #50949  
Oh and this comment on one of my blogs...

don't bother
Don't bother commenting on India if you have no knowledge of the country the northern plains are not the only India, its not India's fault that the western media has such skewed view of India, and by the way Sikkim is 60%!H(MISSING)indu. The Tai-Ahom culture of Assam and the far eastern Manipuri cultures are probably the best preserved hindu cultures ther are, and all of India is not Hindu either. There are Christian, Buddhist, Sikh and Muslim majority regions and all kinds of racial stock. But for someone with the Euro world view of countries carved out of districts, India and its harmonious existence despite incredible diversity is something from another world.

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10 years ago, October 6th 2008 No: 12 Msg: #50954  

...also at the moderators of travelblog... And that I shouldn't be kissing your asses or something...



I think it is about time members started kissing our asses! :D
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10 years ago, October 7th 2008 No: 13 Msg: #51068  
Very amusing! Reply to this

10 years ago, October 10th 2008 No: 14 Msg: #51349  
The least polite comment that I've received is "You're such a talentless tasteless son of the b...... !"

He put the dots in himself, bless him. Reply to this

10 years ago, October 14th 2008 No: 15 Msg: #51611  
B Posts: 151
Sometimes a Jackass doesn't know he is a jackass unless someone tells him he is a jackass.

Blogs can sometimes inspire, relate, connect and educate, but at other times it can offend, hurt and promote ill-conceived presumption about a place and culture.

It's fair enough to have a constructive criticism and an honest descriptive accounts of bad experiences at a certain place. But certain rants are totally uncalled for.

I must admit, I've stumbled upon quite a lot of blogs that really irritated me and made my blood boil to the max. I simply bit my tongue and stopped reading.

Some bloggers seems to always have something to complain about. They go to poverty stricken places and complain how decrepit and filthy the place is. They stay at the red-light district of the country and complain how seedy the area is. They try to spend less money as they could and expect first class service.

I'm all for freedom of speech and expression, but I also believe that one must maintain a level of diplomacy and be mindful of his/her words.... words can cut a reader's heart like a knife.

But then again...everyone has the right to be a Jackass. Reply to this

10 years ago, October 14th 2008 No: 16 Msg: #51613  

Some bloggers seems to always have something to complain about. They go to poverty stricken places and complain how decrepit and filthy the place is. They stay at the red-light district of the country and complain how seedy the area is. They try to spend less money as they could and expect first class service.



Maybe they are describing rather than complaining?

I think some people interpret anything less than a glosssy tourist brochure description of any part of their native country as a personal affront. It is as if they expect tourists to only visit the wealthier and fancier and shinier and richer parts of the countries and describe only those parts? I have seen numerous passionate patriotic outbursts on travel sites which seem to be provoked by just about anything from somebody giving safety advise, to a description of the quality of the public transport to anything except a glowing report of how everything always looks and works perfectly in that country. These outbursts often unfortunately include personal opinions about people from the West being immoral, dirty, greedy, uncultured...... And also comments about how little or how much money Westerners are spending as if how much money they spend or dont spend somehow has something to do with how much respect Westerners deserve. In the same breath Westerners are sometimes called rascist or prejudiced. I have to ask who is in fact prejudiced. Are people ashamed of the reality in their countries and is that why they dont like it to be doccumented in blogs?

Having said all that, I am sure there are actually occassionally some genuinely offensive blogs and of course they should not be allowed on any travel site.
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10 years ago, October 14th 2008 No: 17 Msg: #51617  
I remember one guy commented on Bedreddin's blog from Georgia, the former Soviet republic in the Caucasus. He thought that he had actually been to the American state Georgia and thought up some kind of fairytale! The ignorance was so funny - he was determined that he was right and got so angry at Bedridden!

I made a comment on the blog too that is probably just as aloof and pointless :-( Reply to this

10 years ago, October 14th 2008 No: 18 Msg: #51626  
For me there is no problem with somebody criticising my blogs, I do on the other hand have a problem with people who make it personal and insist on insulting the blogger for writing what he or she did. I leave comments that criticise my blog even if in that same comment they might also sneer at me and my supposed prejudice or ignorance. As long as there is something in it that relates to the blog and isn't just about how stupid I am for writing the blog I will accept the comment. There are unfortunately also many people whose only purpose is to insult the writer in whatever way they can, most of these people will also do it anonymously.

I don't see the use of having to insult the blogger for his or her opinions, even if they seem distasteful to me or I don't agree with the description at all. You don't need to insult somebody to make a point, you can argue with a person without having to insult the person. Insulting somebody else doesn't make you right or your point any stronger, it just shows your own weakness.

There is another thing, blog are not written for the general public, they are written for friends and family. They are not written to convince us of that person's view, but to relate to those friends and family back home what the blogger is experiencing. There might be bloggers who really hate the place they have been to, hate the people, feel themselves and their own culture superior to the one they are writing about and it will result in an offensive blog for us, but it wasn't meant for us. It might be sad for the friends and family because they will get a very skewed image, then again maybe they have the same convictions anyway and if they don't, they have the option of commenting on the blog. I think many people don't know or don't realise that their blog is available for everybody to see. I don't agree with the tenants of National Socialism, so I would never go to a meeting of neo Nazi's. If I happened, by accident, to walk in on one of their meetings I would leave because I know I would get highly excited, insulted, angry, physically sick and generally depressed by the fact that there are still people who do actually agree with Nazism. Alternatively I would, if possible, try to convince them of their wrong without criticising their intelligence but focussing on the subject. The same is with a blog, if I would happen to find a blog that I find repulsive, I would either close it or if I really felt strongly about it, leave a comment about the blog, but not the person.

The point is, a travel blog is not an opinion piece in a newspaper, it is a blog meant for a specific group of people written by somebody with certain ideas, opinions, feelings and upbringing which will relate in the way it is written and the views expressed by that person. Those for who the blog is written will know the person and will know about his ideas, opinions and all that, so they will get what they expect to a certain extent. A blog doesn't have to be true, honest, unbiased, tasteful, respectful, educational or anything. This is not the BBC (and even they are not totally unbiased, that would also be impossible, but they will try at least). If you want an honest account of a country it is best to look at very many different sources, a blog might be one of the sources, but it certainly shouldn't be taken for anything more than it is.
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10 years ago, October 14th 2008 No: 19 Msg: #51630  
I remember there was some extreme Serb nationalist going around the various blogs posting all sorts of crap.....if only I could find one of his/her comments now, I'll have a look Reply to this

10 years ago, October 14th 2008 No: 20 Msg: #51638  
This is supposed to be a "give us a laugh" topic, let's keep it to naming and shaming the people who leave bad comments.... Reply to this

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