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I enjoy adding comments on other blogs. If you’re a blogger, you might relate.
I read dozens of blogs every day, and make it a point to visit many new ones. When inspired by content either in the post or sometimes from an earlier comment, I add my own two cents. I also enjoy visiting blogs of other people when they comment on blogs.
But I’m noticing an increasing number of bloggers who do the following:
- You require me to register as a prerequisite to leaving a comment.
- You prevent me from receiving follow-up comments by email.
- You moderate comments.
First, requisite blog registration tells me you fear authenticity. Unless if it’s a group blog that has registration for a reason, I rarely commit. I can’t think of a single reason why a personal blog would need registered commenters, unless you intend to send me emails.
Second, not enabling comment subscription tells me you fear sustainability. If you look below this post, there is an optional check box to receive emails of follow-up comments. Many blogs have this feature; or if not by email, at least by RSS. I realize it’s YOUR blog and you can do what you want, but if you thank me in a comment or someone else asks me to clarify something and I’m not subscribed to that thread, I never see it. If I don’t see it, I can’t respond.
Third, comment moderation tells me you fear lack of control. Or is it a spam issue and you are trying to prevent comments that smell of solicitation, sex, and scams? If the latter, Blogger and WordPress (and presumedly other out-of-the-box blog solutions) have built-in or plugin/widget spam trappers. If the former, I must ask: Why moderate?
About 18 months after writing the above, I implemented blog comment moderation here — albeit only for the first comment someone makes. This is reflected in the comment policy, a document all bloggers ought to use and tweak for their own purposes.