Here are a few tricks for effectively commenting with NowComment:
1.Different Conversations for Different Topics
If you're saying something on the same topic as an existing comment, just click the "reply" link to join the existing conversation.You can reply to anyone, not just the most recent commenter.
But if your comment introduces a new topic, then start a new conversation by double clicking (on text to comment on the specific sentence, on the paragraph number for a general paragraph comment, or on the Document-level link at the bottom of the page for a comment not tied to any particular passage).
2.Write communicative, informative Summary Lines
Just as emails have subject lines that help you decide what the message is about and whether main point and whether it's relevant to you or not, NowComment comments have Summary Lines so people can skim them to decide which comments they want to read.If your Summary Lines don't do that, we'd recommend expanding them.
If everything you have to say fits on the Summary Line, it's fine to leave the rest of the comment empty; better to have an expressive Summary Line!
3.Summary Line Don'ts
Here are some interesting samples of good commenting style:
Commenting on Images and Photos
The mesmerizing painting The Raft of Medusa portrays desperate sailors stranded at sea:
Commenting on Text
How much do you know about the origins of Thanksgiving, our Fall harvest holiday?Most Americans just know that we eat a lot of turkey on the fourth Thursday in November (vegetarians excluded).
Commenting on Videos
You can use start and end times in the Summary Line to point people to particular segments of a clip.For example, here's one of the first (and creepiest) film adaptations of Bram Stoker's Dracula, director F.W. Murnau's Nosferatu: