When your comments on someone’s article disappears see what sometimes happens.
Most writers worry that someone will steal their article and pass it off as their own. However, do you know that there are those on Triond that steal comments? You might say “Why do people need to do that for?” I will give two incidents to illustrate my point though I will be a little vague at times so as not to give away the perpetrators.
(1) Last year I came across an article on Relijournal and the topic is one of my pet topics so I decided to leave a comment. The comment ran into a great many lines full of statistics and Bible references. I told myself that I should probably make that into an article instead of posting it as a comment because it was lengthy. I could easily add a paragraph or two because I had done most of the research before commenting. However, in the spirit of goodwill I thought that I would just comment without expecting remuneration of any sort. I checked the article the next day and lo and behold I could not find my comment. I went through the article again to make sure that it was the same article and there it was – all my ideas, statistics and references, in the body of another person’s article without the slightest reference to my comments. I commented again on the article confronting the “writer” and he said that he mistakenly deleted my comment and admitted to adding my information saying it was useful. That sounded too convenient and there still was no reference to my input.
(2) In November of 2011 another writer, this time one of the many top female writers in Triond, wrote an article on Writinghood that necessitated some research concerning certain writers in Triond but she had not done much before publishing her article. She was basically asking for people to say which writers fit a particular category. I commented three times almost back to back – yes, three times because I wanted to give three live links and apparently Triond only allows one in each comment. Each link pointed to an article by other writers that would answer in detail the question she had asked. I went back to the page the next day and realized that she had thanked me and that comment has remained even to this day. However, I noticed that one of my comments with one link of information was missing and it was now within her article. Today I stumbled upon the page again and there is absolutely no comment by me found on that page but the information those links pointed to is in the article. The page now looks better researched but the only evidence that I ever commented is the comment where she says thanks for the information and includes my username in the “Thank you.” Anyone reading through the comments would wonder why she said that since my comments are nowhere to be found.
My advice is therefore to be careful with how much information you put into your comments. It is sad to have to make that remark because personally I like to be helpful. My advice to writers is to give credit where credit is due because it is the right thing to do. You will also ruin your own reputation if you do otherwise.