IMO, correction comments and private consideration of the larger argument are separate things. I often do both.
I like the way you write that the act of a reader commenting on something distracting in the article, itself, creates a distraction for readers in the comment section. That’s a viewpoint that commenters probably haven’t considered.
“What feels like a benign correction to a mansplainer, exists on a continuum of bigotry. At least worst, it means men don’t have to listen when women express their opinions.”
That’s an idea I hadn’t thought about. At the risk of sounding like one of those #notallmen mansplainers, I don’t think you’re talking about someone like me, though I do write correction comments. (I did not comment on Holly’s essay, though I enjoyed it thoroughly.)
What’s your preferred way of providing corrections for actual typos or actual misinformation in a non-harassing way? Does it differ between writers? Or is the entire concept of audience corrections just a subset of “why wasn’t I consulted” culture?
Thanks for writing this. It must’ve been a chore to wade through those comments.