How to tell if a commenter didn’t read the post

I was going to reply to this comment, but since there is a lesson here that will be illustrative to my intended audience of young men, I thought I’d turn it into a post. Here is the comment in full:

Why bother allowing comments if you are just going to dismiss them out of hand. You asked what about muzzleloaders and I think they suck. If your state has shotgun hunting then get a good 12 gauge with slugs. You can swap the barrel and use it for home defense as well. Muzzleloaders suck as a defensive weapon compared to any modern weapon even a good hand gun. If you don’t want to hunt with a gun then use a bow. Modern bows are nothing like ancient bows and are silent and lethal. This is hardly the first time I’ve heard this argument for muzzleloaders and the proponents eventually start sounding like militant vegetarians. It’s your choice but if you want others opinions on the matter then don’t expect everyone to agree with it.

Let’s take it piece by piece:

Why bother allowing comments if you are just going to dismiss them out of hand.

The comment was dismissed because it disagreed with the conclusion of the post without bothering to address any of the considerations that led to that conclusion. None of the pertinent points of the post were addressed, which led me to ask if the commenter had even read the post.

You asked what about muzzleloaders and I think they suck.

While I certainly believe the commenter’s assertion that he thinks muzzleloaders suck, that is the only thing that is truthful in this statement. I did not ask “what about muzzleloaders?” In fact, I did not ask any questions–rather, I provided a recommendation, and then showed the reasoning behind the recommendation. I really don’t care that the commenter thinks muzzleloaders suck, my recommendation stands and my reasoning remains the same.

If your state has shotgun hunting then get a good 12 gauge with slugs. You can swap the barrel and use it for home defense as well. Muzzleloaders suck as a defensive weapon compared to any modern weapon even a good hand gun.

Again, the commenter shows that he failed to read the post. Nowhere did I discuss using a muzzleloader as a defensive weapon–naturally, the weapon you choose depends on the job or jobs you intend it to do, and I expressly and explicitly stated that we were considering a weapon for the sole purpose of putting meat on the table in the most economical and efficient way possible.

If you don’t want to hunt with a gun then use a bow. Modern bows are nothing like ancient bows and are silent and lethal.

Duh! Another sign the commenter failed to read the post–in the third paragraph of the post I mentioned bow hunting as an alternative to hunting with a firearm, and specifically said that bow hunting would not be discussed in that post, as I would discuss it in a future post. The commenter not only goes off-topic, he goes off-topic on things that I specifically stated in the post were off-topic!

This is hardly the first time I’ve heard this argument for muzzleloaders and the proponents eventually start sounding like militant vegetarians.

Huh. Discussing the most economical way to put meat on the table makes one sound like a militant vegetarian? Weird.

It’s your choice but if you want others opinions on the matter then don’t expect everyone to agree with it.

Good advice, but directed the wrong way. If I wanted others opinions, I’d read their blogs. Or I’d ask for their opinion. If you come to this blog, you get my advice, recommendations, thoughts, and opinions. If you don’t like them, you don’t have to read them.

Here’s the lesson, in case you didn’t get it already: don’t assume that every time someone gives a recommendation you disagree with that they are secretly trying to ask you for your opinion so that you can enlighten them with your infinite wisdom. They probably aren’t. And if you do decide to share your opinion, think about what the main points were that the person you are about to disagree with made, and then make sure you address those points in some way.

Don’t be the guy who, after listening to a backpacker explain that he uses a heavy knife to split wood to avoid the weight of carrying a hatchet, buts in with “A splitting maul is really the best way to spit wood, it works way better than a knife or a hatchet. You should really use a splitting maul.”

 

2 thoughts on “How to tell if a commenter didn’t read the post

  1. OT: i believed you had disabled all commenting. I didn’t realize my error was due to using the wordpress app on my phone (instead of chrome) until now. So there’s that benefit from a post on a commenter’s stupidity.

    Honestly, I’m surprised he is so stupid. Beyond your points at his stupidity, a muzzle loader is the most reliable way to put meat on a table for cheap. Really now; a flintlock can use rocks you pick up on the ground and metal you melt down from your trash if needed. If you can’t control those, you put your future in someone else’s hands. You can judge that worth the price, or have other higher priorities, but it should be done with consideration as a man in charge of his household.

    A 12 gauge is much more expensive in both initial cost, reloads, and maintenance. It may be more versatile, but it comes at a cost. To ignore the cost – which was what the post was implicitly discussing – is idiotic and foolhardy.

  2. @ Chad:

    Nice to see that the original post was comprehendable to some, and I’m glad you can comment again. I’ve always found your comments to add value.

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