What would it take to get the many readers who don’t comment, i.e. lurkers, to jump into the fray? We tried having a Lurker’s Month last September where we requested that the regular commenters hold off. It was an interesting experiment and one that might be worth revisiting, but maybe in a slightly different form.
Maybe we’re just too damned mean here on LG. But I have to point out that we do get regular, though maybe not frequent, comments from some really nice people, so it can’t be all bad. Maybe we should recruit some cheerleaders who volunteer to defend the newbies. Griff does a pretty good job moderating but he really likes to throw people into shark-infested waters to see if they’ll sink or swim.
I talked with someone a couple of weeks ago who reads all the comments daily, who said he just hasn’t gotten up the nerve yet to make any of his own. Would anything make it easier? Would it make a difference if we had more posts on non-controversial topics? What might help?