Linkedin – Home of The “Nice” Articles

[su_dropcap style=”flat”]W[/su_dropcap]HY IS IT whenever I read a post, the majority of the time, I see the following response, nice article. Really, what made it nice and what does that even mean. When I was a kid growing up, my friends, who were quite sarcastic would say, “Nice Face,” guess what, that was code for….. well, you figure it out. I’m not suggesting that this is what people are thinking, but it does beg the question, what do you mean?

nice-thumbs-upWhy are we so complacent with being nice, do we feel that this makes the writer happier, look at me, I write nice articles. I read a lot of posts on Linkedin, it’s a way for me to take a quick mental break from whatever I’m working on at the moment. My frustration is reading posts and comments that aren’t based on data or science, but, anecdotal information.

Are you doing anyone a favor by telling them their article is nice, at the very least, if you feel that way, try to be more specific about what you felt was interesting, a thought, an approach, a result you experienced. Have we just become lazy and found that saying “nice” article is an easy way out. Once you’ve labeled an article nice, what motivation is there to peel back the onion to get a deeper understanding?

I’m suggesting that we shouldn’t be nice, absolutely not, however, it wouldn’t kill us to be more specific and maybe then, we could move toward more meaningful conversations.


John Prpich
John Prpich
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  1. “Nice” article, John; pun intended! I fully endorse your viewpoint here, Sir! I used to feel that way too (and still sometimes do, not always though). I have learnt to accept the kind appreciative ‘Like’ a lot more.

    See, not everyone feels comfortable writing. It does not apply to commenting on interesting articles alone. I am sure you have come across so many within your own circle who get the jitters writing an email to a friend or a relative. Majority of us find writing reports in our routine jobs an uphill task. Given the scenario, ‘nice’ is like a jackpot they just gave away to someone.

    It takes an anlytical mind to identify individual points of interest in someone’s writ-up. Add to that the confidence to openly express your opinion. Its the fear of the unknown: ‘how others are gonna react to my comments’ that stops majority of the good-intentioned readers to express themselves.

    I would much appreciate if you could help me identify my shortcomings with an open mind.

    Why? Because I do not have the mind that minds!

    Thanks and Happy New Year to You and All Your Loved Ones!

  2. Nice article, John! I sincerely mean that and totally agree with you. I try to always offer at least one reason for rating an article worthy of my time to read it and offer a compliment. I’ve read that only about 7% of readers will ever even acknowledge reading. So jf nothing else, writers can take confidence in the fact that if someone even types, “nice article” it’s a level above doing nothing. I do like your approach. It gives me a reason to keep reading and saying something about the content. I’m nice that way.