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These tips will have you using NowComment like a pro:

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1. Write an Expressive “Summary of Comment” (Summary)

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Each NowComment comment has a Summary that's meant to give your readers a short overview of your main point or points. It's limited to 255 characters, roughly 1-2 sentences. If everything you want to say fits in the Summary field then you don't need to put anything in the second field… but usually you'll want to say more, e.g. give some examples, provide explanatory details, identify interesting implications, etc. Put these elaborations into the optional “Full Comment” field, where you can write as much as you want!

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Unlike email, don’t keep the same Summary when replying to someone; the Summary is for you to share your main points with the group.

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See the Summaries of the comments on this amazing painting:

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Raft of the Medusa painting

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Rachel Wang (Aug 19 2016 6:04AM) : Théodore Géricault worked for 18 months to depict a historical event that happened three years earlier, the aftermath of the wreck of the French ship Méduse. more

“In June 1816, the French frigate Méduse departed from Rochefort, bound for the Senegalese port of Saint-Louis. She headed a convoy of three other ships…it ran aground on a sandbank off the West African coast, near today’s Mauritania. The collision was widely blamed on the incompetence of De Chaumereys, a returned émigré who lacked experience and ability, but had been granted his commission as a result of an act of political preferment.”
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Raft_of_the_Medusa

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Prof. Pat Goodman (Aug 19 2016 6:30AM) : The picture is truly larger than life, 16 feet tall x 23.5 feet wide. It's amazing; the dark sky and high seas really convey the overwhelming power of the storm.
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Jessica Phillips (Aug 19 2016 6:19AM) : Géricault's stylized rendering shows this man looking muscular and healthy. This seems inaccurate; given the conditions, I'd think they'd all be in terrible shape. more

The Wikipedia article says that Géricault spent a lot of time on research, including how to render the flesh tones of dead bodies. I’m surprised he drew this one this way.

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Ryan Friend (Aug 19 2016 6:41AM) : Note Géricault's artistic arrangement of the people; he shows each one at a different angle as a technique to draw the viewer into the drama of the scene.

To comment at a particular point on an embedded YouTube or Vimeo video, pause the media player's progress indicator (a red circle for YouTube, a blue bar for Vimeo) at the desired point, click the “Add Comment” link on the blue toolbar above the video, and then choose the “at current time” option.

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(Jan 19 2017 6:28AM) : The progress bar (and red circle) only show once you've clicked on the play button to start watching the video.
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Jessica Phillips (Aug 19 2016 6:24AM) : Mom sets a devious trap with an innocent-sounding question. (0:01-0:04) [Edited] more

University of Virginia psychology professor Robyn Kondrad teaches a class studying how children learn to lie. She says it’s actually a difficult cognitive task for Jesse; he has to learn to keep in mind what Mom knows, what she expects him to have done, what evidence she might have that would compromise his position, etc.

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(Jan 19 2017 6:37AM) : How many kids his age would be able to resist licking the chocolate?
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Ryan Friend (Aug 19 2016 6:44AM) : After his verbal dodges fail, Jesse tries a 2-part alternate strategy. (0:40-0:48) more

1. Kiss the camera as a diversion
2. Prepare to run away!

Note— you can still embed media players from a source other than YouTube (e.g. SoundCloud, Vimeo), but as of August 2016 you would just comment on it by clicking on the paragraph number and making a paragraph comment.

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2. Different Conversations for Different Topics

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An important NowComment feature is allowing multiple conversations on any sentence, paragraph, image, or video. To keep each conversation efficient and on-topic:

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  • Reply to a comment when you want to continue that same topic
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  • Start a new conversation (new thread) when you want to introduce a new topic
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As an example, we'll make a few comments here about the American holiday of Thanksgiving.

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Rachel Wang (Aug 19 2016 6:14AM) : Other nations/cultures have autumn harvest festivals/feast holidays similar to Thanksgiving, I've listed a few below. more

• Argentina: Fiesta Nacional de la Vendimia
• Barbados: Crop over:
• China: August Moon (mid-Autumn) Festival
• Germany: Erntedank
• Ghana: Homowo Festival
• India: Pongal
• Iran: Mehregan
• Japan: Niiname-sai, Shinjo-sai
• Jewish: Sukkot
• Korea: Chu-Sok
• Nigeria: Ikore
• Poland: Doynki
• Turkmenistan: Hasyl toy
• Vietnam: Tết Trung Thu

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fearful turkey at Thanksgiving time

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Jessica Phillips (Aug 19 2016 6:27AM) : Americans eat a *lot* of turkey on Thanksgiving (always celebrated the fourth Thursday in November). more

According to the National Turkey Federation:

“In 2010, more than 244 million turkeys were raised. More than 226 million were consumed in the United States. We estimate that 46 million of those turkeys were eaten at Thanksgiving…”
http://www.eatturkey.com/consumer/history/history.html

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Tom Turkey (Aug 19 2016 6:48AM) : I recommend eating tofurkey instead. It's truly delicious, and so much healthier... for all of us!

Jessica's comment is about the tradition of eating a turkey. Since Tom's next comment is also about food, he replied to Jessica's comment (no change of topic). But Rachel's comment isn't about food, so she didn't click “Reply”; instead, she began a new conversation (by double clicking the text or the paragraph#).

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3. Things to Avoid

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  • Don't write your name or the paragraph# you're commenting on — the system adds both automatically.
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  • Don't say who you're replying to — we automatically show the connection by indenting your comment below the comment you're replying to.
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  • Don't use just a few words in your Summary to hint at your main idea(s); communicate them clearly with a good sentence or two. We repeat this from #1 because it's an important way to generate richer NowComment conversations!
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