Monday, January 28, 2008
DZone Suggestion, More Comments
I like DZone a lot. I read it regularly and post to it when practical. I like the rising links, I like the popular links, I even like the voting system. However, one thing that would make DZone just a touch better is to encourage people to comment on blogs when they vote. I personally learn from both the positive and negative feedback and anything that can be done to encourage that feedback is welcome. So, my suggestion is to pop up an optional "Add comment" field with proceed and cancel options after any vote on DZone. Anyone is free to not comment at that point but if someone has something on the tip of their tongue they might be more likely to say it. Our experience at Terracotta in building our .org website tells us that even subtle changes can have a broad impact on what people do. I would be interested to see this A/B tested and see if it increases comment volume.