Resist the urge to: Apologize for your picture. You're taking the effort to become a photographer. Apologize for your opinion. You're taking the effort to respond. Add text that explains how difficult the shot was to take, how bad the conditions were or how brave you were. It doesn't matter except to your mommy. It's the picture that counts. Tell the viewers how everyone else in the world loves this shot, it's your favorite shot and your dying aunt requested it be tattooed on her back - It doesn't matter. It's the picture that counts. Say that you don't know anything. Either your comment will make sense or be so off the wall that everyone will know that you don't know anything without you warning us and spoiling the fun. Say that you're new at this. - see previous Act smart by answering a very basic question. One role of the Forum is to educate new people and part of that role is teaching them to look for answers rather than being spoon fed every time they cry. If they should know this info, then tell them what its called, where and how to find the knowledge. The effort to find it will be worth it to them. Make ad hominem attacks on other responders. Just be cool and maybe they'll go away. Add yet another attaboy to a post. If you don't have anything substantive to say, don't. Tell the poster that their dog is cute, their baby is cute, their wife is cute. This is a photo site and cute subjects are not the issue here. If you think they're so damn cute send the OP a PM - or better yet, adopt them. Press submit before you do at least a cursory check for spelling and grammar. Advanced or young age or lack of education doesn't excuse being seen as careless too often. Abraham Lincoln or Thomas Jefferson didn't have spell checkers. (Typos I understand.) Respond to this post and tell me off before reading the first 20 posts in any 3 Forums. Then you can tell me where I'm wrong.