How Do You Interact With Co-authors on Wikinut

RathnashikamaniStarred Page By Rathnashikamani, 13th Apr 2011 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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This page is written in response to a discussion started by Martin Rojas about commenting by the authors on their own articles.

This is my personal view about commenting on your own Wikinut pages.

I invite all the authors, amateurs and veterans, to feel free to respond on this topic.

The background to the idea of commenting


Martin Rojas opened up a discussion publishing a page titled Should Sites Like Wikinut Allow Writers to Comment on Their Own Articles? and concluded saying, "You, the writers be the judges."

In response to the question raised by Martin Rojas, I am offering my views after observing my own way of commenting and following other Wikinut writers.

Earlier I wrote a page about How to follow your followers on Wikinut and said that it is very very important to interact with the co-authors on Wikinut to establish a healthy following.

Such interaction through commenting certainly results in a win-win situation.

The Scope of Commenting

Photo credit: Matthew Bowden via Wikimedia Commons


Wikinut encourages the writers and readers to post their replies to the comments the page has received. Every Wikinut page (except the help pages) has links to 'Reply to this comment' telling you to write what you think about the article and/or the comment already posted.

Commenting has two important aspects:

=> One is to express your views on other writer's page you have read

=> Two is to reciprocate on a comment you have received on your own page.

And we must comment on pages to make our writing more enjoyable. Such interaction is very essential on Wikinut where you don't have any other way to talk to your co-authors.

Some authors have displayed their email IDs on their Wikinut profiles, but it's laborious to compose a mail all the way going through logging in to your email provider.

So, it is easy to interact via the process of offering comments on a site like Wikinut.

Advantages of Interaction among writers



There could be many intangible benefits of interactive commenting, but I have listed a few advantages here:

=> Interaction by commenting on others' work encourages a writer to write more.

=> In fact you are boosting the creativity of a writer by offering your comment.

=> With a positive comment, your enthusiasm builds up and you would like to reciprocate the same.

=> Comments with positive criticism make any writer more prolific and qualitative.

=> Mutual co-operation builds up among the writers and they would contribute more on Wikinut.

=> As a result, authors produce more quality articles with enhanced one-upmanship.

=> As a whole, Wikinut will grow with the best authors vying for the Win-Win morale all the time.

Team spirit makes us winning Wikinuts

Photo Credit: By Teak Sato via Wikimedia Commons


In my view, commenting with a positive attitude is a team spirit. When you openly exchange your opinions you are telling that you are caring for the work of co-authors.

Also when you receive a comment, it implies that you have to reply with an expression that is fitting and appreciable by other writers and readers.

Outwardly, the aim of writing for Wikinut may be for the earnings, but the meaning of 'earnings' is not only the money but many.

Also read:
How honesty is the best policy at Wikinut

How to Just Write What You Want to Write Without any Fear!

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author avatar bronnamdi
13th Apr 2011 (#)

I make comments to my articles when another person has commented. How will the commenter know that the author has read his comment if the author has not responded to it in writing and just below such comment?

Comments make articles more enriching because some others who have a knowledge about what you have written about will make comments that will make the articles better.

Therefore, let the comments continue!

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author avatar Rathnashikamani
13th Apr 2011 (#)

Thank you my friend bronnamdi,

Your comment is worthy to note.
But how many of us are responding to the comments is a question in itself.

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author avatar James R. Coffey
13th Apr 2011 (#)

I fully agree with your assessment and perspective. However, I also think that comments should be honest and not just fluff. Supporting mediocrity doesn't really help a writer grow.

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author avatar Rathnashikamani
13th Apr 2011 (#)

You're right.
Yes, comments should critique for improvement.

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author avatar Delicia Powers
13th Apr 2011 (#)

Thanks, very good points!

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author avatar Rathnashikamani
13th Apr 2011 (#)

Delicia,

I've been thinking to write this for a long time and I've done it now.

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author avatar joan marie
13th Apr 2011 (#)

Add an L to earning and we have a site that will help budding writers. Replying to comments I think is important since the commenter knows you are paying attention. Some as questions. I find some interesting articles by reading who has read me. Great article. joan marie

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author avatar Rathnashikamani
13th Apr 2011 (#)

joan marie,
Your views are appreciable. I have the same kind of experience of stumbling upon some very good pages that make me rich in my learning process.

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author avatar Songbird B
13th Apr 2011 (#)

Excellent article, Rathnashikamani! I love receiving comments on my work, and certainly find it encourages me to produce more...you have always been a terrific support to me...Poetry is never the easiest medium to post comments on as it is very subjective, but I know what I enjoy, and will always post a comment on an Authors work if I view it...As to articles...well, I have learned so much through these...Many of us, are not professional, hardened writers, so critique should be offered sensitively.....It makes all the difference between encouraging and pushing people away from the site...This is a well deserved Star Page my friend, and I imagine will promote much discussion...Thank you for sharing this...

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author avatar Rathnashikamani
13th Apr 2011 (#)

You've been so supportive in appreciating my poems. That's how we share our ideas. If we have an inclination to recognize the efforts of our co-authors, that would be a friendly way of boosting their creativity.
Thank you Songbird, my friend!

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author avatar Jerry Walch
13th Apr 2011 (#)

There really isn't much left to say that hasn't already been said by those who have already left comments. The only thing that I would like to add is that beginners shouldn't offer constructive criticism to us old pros because even the old pros can learn from the new kids on the block.

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author avatar Rathnashikamani
13th Apr 2011 (#)

Jerry Walch,

Thank you for your thoughtful comments. Learning has no barriers, as you said.

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author avatar Denise O
13th Apr 2011 (#)

I agree with what you and the others have stated. I have to say last week I answered well over 300 messages and yet I received 13, 6 were from one person, thank you C.
I also try and answer as many as I can because, if you have left a message at the bottom of the persons article you just might get the reader to click onto your name. I also just love to read others work. Like today, I am writing a few articles but, I am also going to answer as many of the messages as I have in my message box. It does take time but, to be quite honest with you but, I also learn so much by doing just that and to top it all off...
I might get a hit or two. I am just being honest.
Congrats on the star page, it is well deserved. As always, thank you for sharing.:)

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author avatar Rathnashikamani
13th Apr 2011 (#)

Denise,
Exactly I am following many authors here, but the response is not much encouraging. May be the writers are busy with something else, may be contributing on other websites.

I have been posting comments on pages of the fellow writers whom I'm following.
90% of them won't reciprocate by commenting on my work.

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author avatar D in The Darling
13th Apr 2011 (#)

Right on point.
In life, no one can make it on his own and Wikinut is no exception. It's even more relevant here at wikinut coz you see the direct result of your comments. Each comment gives the author another two points and moving steadily to the right as more of a wikinut. Let's do it!

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author avatar Rathnashikamani
13th Apr 2011 (#)

dinthedarling,
You're right.
Each comment has a value.

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author avatar Maria Malone
13th Apr 2011 (#)

Thank you for this informative and helpful article : )

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author avatar Rathnashikamani
13th Apr 2011 (#)

Maria Malone,
Thanks for the visit and remarks.

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author avatar johnnydod
13th Apr 2011 (#)

Well i agree with you Rathnashikamani I think its only the curtiset thing to do, I have to admit I dont reply to all the comments made to my articles but to respond to the more relivent points are as you say importante

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author avatar Rathnashikamani
13th Apr 2011 (#)

johnnydod,
Important comments must not be ignored. Even sometimes, you get some authors involved when you post a reply to a less important comment.
Time consuming, is it not?

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author avatar Nan Joe
14th Apr 2011 (#)

I enjoy reading what others comment on my page. It helps me remember that we share about things that affect us all. we also learn from each other.

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author avatar Rathnashikamani
14th Apr 2011 (#)

I too enjoy the comments and I like to post replies also.
I learn from the comments I receive.

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author avatar kaylar
14th Apr 2011 (#)

It is only polite to acknowledge a comment and respond to it. In some cases it is an exchange of information. In others it is simply thanking them for reading your article.

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author avatar Rathnashikamani
6th Nov 2011 (#)

Thank you kaylar for the nice comments.

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author avatar Retired
14th Apr 2011 (#)

I enjoy leaving comments on people's articles, and I certainly enjoy reading the comments left on my work by others. I hadn't really thought about replying to others' comments, however. You have taught me something, and given me food for much thought. Thanks!

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author avatar Rathnashikamani
6th Nov 2011 (#)

Reading comments is a joy for me. Most of my time is spent on reading and writing comments.

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author avatar foxpete88
14th Apr 2011 (#)

very helpful article, well done. thank you for sharing.-

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author avatar Retired
14th Apr 2011 (#)

I second your thoughts. Intellectual and insightful comments and replies are very vital and play an important role in boosting the spirit of community.


Regards,
Anusha, UV Associates

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author avatar Retired
17th Apr 2011 (#)

Absolutely though not all people do so.

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author avatar Jonathan
14th Apr 2011 (#)

You are pulling in many comments with this article, Rathnashikamani! Congrats on the star!
Some people like to comment, others perhaps have no time to do that. But of course, I think people should answer the comments they receive, at least. Im not so productive in writing articles, but I enjoy reading peoples articles and commenting now and then. I have a couple of hundreds of poems, and sometimes its tempting to just publish one just to get closer to 10pages or more views, but i have decided not to open my poetic "floodgates", because articles is my goal here. Long comment...
Thanks for sharing!

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author avatar jvaughan
15th Apr 2011 (#)

I don't often reply to a comment left on a page I wrote. Perhaps I should begin to do that more often. What I do enjoy is leaving a comment on a page someone wrote who left a comment on my page.

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author avatar Retired
15th Apr 2011 (#)

You raise some excellent points in this discussion. Good topic...thanks for sharing.

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author avatar PSRemeshChandra
17th Apr 2011 (#)

When someone reads an article which he feels to be good, something will certainly come to his mind and he will certainly have something to say. That is how the comments come, out of frankness. All know that authors are multi personalities. They will write something and as a reader of that article, they also will have to say something. Hence they comment on their own pages which they can't help. Authors replying to comments is a must since the articles, the comments and the replies jointly constitutes the dialogue which no one can prevent from happening in the literary world. Some of these comments may result in life-long friendships and companionships which more than music and cricket contributes to cementing a world bondage. All writers are cultural ambassadors of their respective countries and fields to this world of letters. Keep a watch on our mutual friend Rathnashikamani: he is stealing our time by bringing us together and by introducing us to more refined ideas.

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author avatar Retired
17th Apr 2011 (#)

Hello I just left a message in your yahoo answers email...
Your comments above a valid enough & I have sent you a message regarding this topic.

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author avatar Retired
21st Apr 2011 (#)

I think commenting on your own article is important, or more precisely commenting on COMMENTS, as that is really what happens most. It does lead to interaction and perhaps new ideas. A "send message button" on this site would be useful - I know it is supposed to be forthcoming, but it hasn't appeared yet. Good article.

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author avatar Retired
29th Apr 2011 (#)

Thanks for posting this great topic and I agree with the flood of responses. The fact of your receiving these responses shows there are many wikinutters who value the interactions here.

Personally, I value the comments and interactions but do not always have time (at the specific moment the comment is received) to respond in depth or to reciprocate by reading the author's posts. So I tend to save a solid block of time to catch up on reading their works--this post of yours being a case in point--you posted it long back but I am only getting to it now.

While the in depth comments are optimal, I think it is good to at least make a brief comment so the person knows their work is being read by people other than the awful SPAMMERs.

Today I read a wonderful piece that had received only one comment (which was spag). That' a sure way to discourage participation on the site. I was glad to be able to offer a real comment to them, but did not have time to make it extensive.

Sometimes I do not comment on works I've read because I do not want to hurt the person's feelings by offering critique, unless i know they would welcome it.

So far, almost all the page views I receive here are from friends I've invited to join wikinut. I do not find the community otherwise very active in reading poetry, but then I have not posted that often. Hopefully, I'll be able to participate more in future.

Thanks again for this post.

Warmly, rama devi

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author avatar Pink&Blue
13th May 2011 (#)

thank you for sharing very informative.

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author avatar mirage
30th May 2011 (#)

i found this very informative....n friend,I've just read 2 of your articles but I get the aroma of experience in all your works.....thanks for sharing.

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author avatar Retired
10th Aug 2011 (#)

This article is an excellent and the way presented is readers friendly

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author avatar Tranquilpen
22nd Aug 2011 (#)

WOW Rathna, as Jerry Walch had said above, you have handled this topic masterfully my friend. Thank you.

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author avatar Marion Licchiello
5th Sep 2011 (#)

Thank you for this article. I do my best to answer all of my comments and all of the comments sooooooooooo much. It feels great to know others are reading my articles and feeling positive.hooray...wikinut

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author avatar Judy Ellen
25th Oct 2011 (#)

Thank you for this comment! I too love to receive comments and see the value in making new friends on Wikinut! I have been abundantly blessed on AC with new friends and hope to find new friends on Wikinut! We need each other!

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author avatar Retired
20th May 2012 (#)

It would be nice to have a forum on here, where we could ask other writers questions.I don't know how to become a reviewer of other people's pages.I have lots of questions, but "Contact us" is not answering them. And the moderators aren't answering either. I really don't know why.What do you suggest I do?

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author avatar Jerry Walch
26th Jun 2012 (#)

ICANANSWER, you are right, it would be nice if Wikinut had a users forum, but it doesn't. As far as being able to ask other writers questions, you have the option to do that in one of two ways. You can ask them in comments if they pertain to what was written in that article or you can go to the authors profile page and send them a DM--most writers will respond to a direct message from a fellow Wikinut scribe.

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
9th Jun 2012 (#)

a bit late but then I only joined in December 2011...great wisdom in this..I too enjoy comments...thank you...

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author avatar Rathnashikamani
9th Jun 2012 (#)

Thank you cnwriter

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author avatar John Mario
26th Jun 2012 (#)


Read 'Account Handling' in Wikinut 'Terms of Use.'

It states that after one year of inactivity, Wikinut will make a daily withdrawal from you PayPal account until it is empty.

Furthermore, Wikinut will not answer your request to terminate your account. Believe me, I've tried.

Folks, Heed my warning. Do not join Wikinut!

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author avatar Jerry Walch
26th Jun 2012 (#)

Stop manipulating the truth John, Wikinut stated that they will charge your Wikinut account as long as there is a balance in it(And, I may point out, your account has no balance to debit), they did not even use the word "Paypal."

You need to have your mouth washed out with laundry soap for lying so much.

For any potential Wikinutters reading John's lies, here's what that section of the Terms of Use really said: "However, your Wikinut account will be deemed to be inactive if you do not login to your Wikinut account in any continuous period of 365 days. Once your Wikinut account is deemed to be inactive, you agree to pay Us a monthly service fee of £0.50 (or the then applicable fee) or currency equivalent (or the current balance of your Wikinut account, if less) so long as a balance remains.

You authorise Us to debit this fee from your Wikinut account on the first day of the month following the day on which your Wikinut account is deemed inactive, and on the first day of every subsequent month that your Wikinut account remains inactive, until your Wikinut account becomes active again or the balance of your Wikinut account is nil."

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author avatar DuitByJames
15th Sep 2012 (#)

I am grateful that wikinut was my first choice to write on line; specifically after reading so many articles like this one. your openness is more revealing, posative and constructive as a GROUP display. Very impressive. I can honestly say that your time spent with me the past eight days has truly been encouraging. I am open to any questions or constructive guidance of any kind.

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author avatar story_writer
23rd Sep 2012 (#)

hello everyone i am a new author it is great to meet you all

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author avatar Mariah
17th Jun 2013 (#)

Hi anuj good to meet you too.
Welcome and hope you enjoy the wikinut experience.
Mariah

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author avatar Mariah
17th Jun 2013 (#)

Comments are important to acknowledge a good piece of writing, as are responding to comments.
I think that when you have read a really good article, it's important to refer to the parts of the article that impressed you as the reader.
That way the author knows you have truly appreciated the page he or she has written.
Excellent perspective on the importance of writer interaction Rath.
Thank you my friend
Mariah

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author avatar Roselyn
13th Mar 2014 (#)

I first thought commenting is not so important here. But after I read your post, I have an idea of the importance of commenting in here. From now on I will try to comment in every post that I read and if I can relate into. Thanks for sharing this post.

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author avatar Rathnashikamani
14th Mar 2014 (#)

yes, Its very important to keep yourself involved in commenting on the articles of other writers.

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author avatar Mira
10th Apr 2014 (#)

Thank you for sharing this info.

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author avatar peachpurple
4th Aug 2015 (#)

i also reply to comments of my articles and they really are my avid readers

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