Arbital comment

Ar­bital com­ments are very much like Face­book com­ments. There are top-level com­ments, and then a sin­gle level of replies. You can like com­ments to en­courage the au­thor and high­light good con­tent. Re­ply­ing to a com­ment au­to­mat­i­cally sub­scribes you to re­ceive up­dates when some­one else leaves a re­ply; or you can sub­scribe man­u­ally.

In­line comments

If you want to talk about a spe­cific sec­tion in text, you can se­lect it and click the “New Com­ment” but­ton. When you pub­lish that com­ment, it’ll ap­pear to the side of the se­lected text. Since the pages can be ed­ited, it’s pos­si­ble that your com­ment will lose its an­chor. In that case it will sim­ply be­come a nor­mal com­ment and ap­pear be­low the page.

Edi­tor-only comments

If your com­ment is feed­back on the text it­self, e.g. “Is this mis­spel­led?” or “I think be­ing more ex­plicit here would be bet­ter.”, rather than a com­ment about the topic in gen­eral, then you should check the “Show com­ment to ed­i­tors only” check­box when cre­at­ing the com­ment.

By de­fault, the ed­i­tor-only com­ments are visi­ble only to the au­thors of the page. If you are not an au­thor, but want to see them, you can use the ⋮ menu in the Dis­cus­sion sec­tion.

Best practices

  • If you have mul­ti­ple things to say, say each one of them in a sep­a­rate com­ment. This way all the replies will be on topic.

When to cre­ate a comment

  • When you have a rele­vant thought or opinion to ex­press on the given topic.

  • When you want to make a cor­rec­tion or point out a mis­take.

  • When you want to make a re­quest of the au­thor or the read­ers.

When not to cre­ate a comment

  • If you are con­fused, cre­ate a mark in­stead.

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