Commenter: Seems to me she has leprosy. Does she have leprosy?
Me: What makes you think she has leprosy?
Commenter: I don’t know. That’s why I asked you.
Don’t do this. I get it. You have no clue what you’re talking about. Some random idea pops into your head, lacking any basis in reality, but there it is. Now you want to know whether your random thought is true, so you ask a question. You feel this need to let this question out. If you don’t let it out, you feel like you will burst. So out it comes.
Don’t do this. There is no limit to the random ideas that pop into people’s heads. Most are not good ideas. Just because you’re special does not mean your random ideas are better than anyone else’s. Ask yourself a few questions before commenting.
- Does this have anything to do with the post itself, or is this just some orthogonal thought derived from Chaos Theory?
- Is this random thought based on something that was said, or is it just the by-product of loose synaptic connections compounded by multiple inferential leaps into the abyss?
- Does anyone care other than you?
And if your random thought survives scrutiny under these questions, then try these:
- Can I find the answer to my random question by googling it?
- Have I searched old SJ posts to ascertain whether this is something Scott has already written about?
- Do I have a deep, personal relationship with Scott such that, unlike all the other readers and commenters at SJ, my random thought is so valuable that he will want to spend his time answering, explaining, researching it for my exclusive benefit?
- Is my question so thoughtful, so fascinating, that despite my lack of a deep, personal relationship with Scott, who is a lawyer and gets paid to answer legal questions, he will want to spend his time on me and my random thoughts?
- Am I prepared to find out that Scott doesn’t think I’m nearly as fascinating as I think I am?
No, she does not have leprosy. There is absolutely no basis whatsoever to ask, and even if there was, it has nothing to do with the post, and even if it did, I am not sufficiently fascinated by your random thoughts to both figure it out and explain it to you. And then, when you lack the background to appreciate the explanation, explain it to you again using smaller words.
Seriously, just don’t do it.
And if you do, don’t get angry with me for not enabling your narcissistic belief that because you are the center of the universe, you are entitled to indulge whatever random thought pops into your head. Remember, I didn’t come to your house. You came to mine.
Volenti non fit injuria. Google it.