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Why no comments?

I don’t read that many blogs online on a regular basis, but once in a while I do go out ‘blog-hopping’ as it were and one thing I notice is that the blog post may be interesting, but the comments following it mostly aren’t. It often degenerates into arguments and rants by anonymous people and detracts from the quality of the post itself. What is the solution implemented by most bloggers? Moderation of comments, something I don’t have time for.

Joel Spolsky articulates my reason for not allowing comments quite well in this post on his blog. If you don’t have time to read it, the most relevant quote is this :

The important thing to notice here is that Dave does not see blog comments as productive to the free exchange of ideas. They are a part of the problem, not the solution. You don’t have a right to post your thoughts at the bottom of someone else’s thoughts. That’s not freedom of expression, that’s an infringement on their freedom of expression. Get your own space, write compelling things, and if your ideas are smart, they’ll be linked to, and Google will notice, and you’ll move up in PageRank, and you’ll have influence and your ideas will have power.

So if you have something to say about something I wrote, write about it on your own blog and link back to my post. The less off the cuff remarks there are online, the better.

If you really need to contact me I can be reached at ak57wp@gmail.com.

Written by ak57

August 20, 2007 at 7:04 am

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