Commenting Snark and Nastiness

After I posted a video on my Booted Harleydude Youtube Channel of a recent motorcycle ride, I discovered that there were 159 comments on a number of my videos pending review/approval for posting. Some comments were there for a year. Man, it’s been a long time since I reviewed video comments!

Somehow, the notifications for comment moderation that I requested to be sent to me when a comment was entered were not being sent (another “YouTube takeover by Google” catastrophe, but that’s another story).

I was disheartened, but not surprised, by the tone, most of which…

…were negative, rude, homophobic, and nasty. Just a few were okay — asking questions or thanking me for instructions on tutorial videos.

But the tone of most of the comments is reflective of how people who are uneducated, uninformed, and are homophobic react. They write really silly, rude, nastiness.

I will not give those comments or writers of comments the dignity of repeating their awful, silly, sometimes odd, and rude remarks on this blog, but trust me — when some lame-brain gets going, he can be really, let’s say, “prolific,” with snark and nastiness.

Wear leather in a video? “You’re so gay.” Ride a Harley slowly and safely? “You’re not a biker.” Prepare a tutorial about boots? “You don’t know what you’re talking about.”

And those were the nice ones. More than half of the comments that I caught up on moderating were much worse.

I don’t know why they think they can get by with that. I guess because most YT channel owners do not go deep into video settings to control how comments are handled. It takes quite a bit of work to change settings so that comments are held pending review and approval by the channel owner. And for videos I have posted since my Crazy-Awesome Motorcycle Adventure in Utah with my buddy “S”, I just turned commenting off completely.

One good thing that YT did with upgrades to its web platform is that when comments are being moderated, in addition to deleting the bad ones, they now made it much easier to block that person from even accessing your channel and entering any more silly crap. In my comment moderation catch-up, I must have blocked at least 20 dumb-dumbs. But that doesn’t mean that it won’t continue to happen when other doofi try to comment with more ugly snark.

Before you think that I am thin-skinned, I view this not as anything about me — I am secure enough to withstand this behavior — my reaction to having to deal with this is, “Deep sigh. Frown. 🙁 Again? Why do I have to waste time cleaning this crap off my videos?”

I have been thinking about deleting most of my videos for a while now. Most of them are nine or more years old. The newer vids of some of my motorcycle rides (Utah, and home in Maryland) have very few views. So I ask myself, “why bother?”

For now, I’ll just let it go, and periodically moderate comments (and remove most and block commenters who write the most ugly stuff.)

I am an educated, secure, married gay man. This crap behavior is a nuisance, but comes with the territory of owning and maintaining web presence.

Life is short: sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never break me. (And for those rude commenters — get a life.)