Why I Love COTW -- Plus This Week's COTW, Obviously

I totally love sifting through the top comments every week -- plus the top comments this week.
Publish date:
October 19, 2014
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If you’ve been here for a while, you probably remember when Madeline started posting the Comment of the Week. It was fun -- I think -- from the very beginning, because it was just another example of our xoJane community and how involved and passionate our commenters were and still are.

So, when I got to start doing COTW, it was totally a pleasure. Part of it is that I love behind-the-scenes, nosy, data-driven stuff. It’s kind of great to check out the disqus analytics (confusing as they are) and see just how active everyone is -- because, whew, y’all are active commenters.

The COTW also leads me to comments I wouldn’t necessarily have ever found on my own -- if I’ve skipped reading a story for whatever reason, I might never see the fantastic comment that got added to it if not for everyone upvoting it.

So that’s all to say that your upvotes completely and totally matter -- they are what drive the disqus algorithm and that’s what directly determines this very post. And, hey, if you ever want to directly nominate a COTW because you think it’s pure gold, feel free to email me with a direct link to it:

Sometimes it is hard to be part of the xoJane community -- I think that’s true for readers and writers both. I know I have read plenty of comments talking about how rough things can get around here. But remember, we do have a comment policy and if you are having issues with someone violating that policy, just let us know. Please especially email me if you see something going down over the weekend! This is our time and I feel pretty protective of it.

With that in mind, let’s check out this week’s comments of the week!

The most upvotes go to user rosebyanyothername for a comment on "IT HAPPENED TO ME: I've Been Forced Out Of My Home And Am Living In Constant Fear Because Of Relentless Death Threats From Gamergate":

The willingness of nerds to threaten women involved in any critique of nerd culture is one of those things that makes me despair about the world. And then people claim that the threats were jokes. Right. I'm sure.

In the face of it, sometimes laughing about other stuff is all we can do.

My own personal fave, inspired by that same need to laugh, is actually an exchange from Marci's "Sex! And 3 Other Everyday Life Things I Did While Wearing A Waist-Training Corset" -- thanks to bl and Anna Vasquez for the chuckles about Spanx.

I have never understood Spanx either -- much less the ones with the little hole in the crotch.

Thanks to all of you for hanging out this weekend. It has flown by. I'm already looking forward to next time. In the meantime, let's have a great week. We've got this weekday business, right?

I'll be busy at my day job and I have a friend in town. What are you looking forward to?