Years ago, when I was a newbie at this online stuff, I started hanging out at a writing forum. I got so excited, I just started commenting on whatever thread blew my skirt up. And very shortly I got my paddies smacked for commenting on a post that was over a year old. :gasp:
Oh, the shock. Oh, the horror. How DARE I? And really, how could I have been so gauche as to comment on an OLD post?
Of course, I scurried away like a little mouse and never ever ever again commented on a post without first looking at the date it was posted - because commenting on a post older than, say, a week is a cardinal sin. (Unless other people are still commenting on it, then it's okay.)
Personally, I could care less* when someone comments on one of my posts. They're out there and if you have something to say, feel free to add to the comment section. If it's really awesome, I might just point it out in a newer post to get the conversation going again. I will never make you feel stupid for commenting on something old - and I won't allow anyone else to either. (Ah, the joys of comment moderation.)
But I still don't comment on other people's old posts - even when I just found their awesome words and feel like I've got something new to add. :shrug: I blame that old experience at that forum.
How about you? Are you the kind of person who won't comment if the post is old? What say we break out of the mold and stop worrying about the age of posts together?
And if you do comment on an old post only to encounter a troll like I found, remember - the problem is his, not yours. ;o)
(Sorry I forgot to add the *. Here it is...
* Yes, I know the right way to say that is 'couldn't care less' but above is the way I've always said it, so right or wrong, I'm sticking with it. )