I’d love to sit at a dinner table with Dave Winer and Everett Bogue.
In his latest article on blog comments, Dave writes:
Why I have comments: I hope I might learn something new from the people who read the blog. It’s mostly selfish. I like that there’s a side-benefit that it creates a record for other people to learn from in the future. I get a lot out of that on other forums on the net. Esp when it comes to technical problems, these discussion threads can be invaluable.
Everett disagrees in his latest, also on comments:
You might have noticed that I’ve had commenting turned off for the last 4 weeks. This is partially because I was taking a digital sabbatical, and I needed peace of mind while I was gone. Well, I’m back now, but comments aren’t.
I realized while I was gone that perhaps the most important thing I could ever do to help you, is to turn comments off on my blog.
Why? Because the comments you leave on my blog are wasting your time — you have better things to do than to comment on my blog.
Considering Dave created a blog in 1996, long before the term “web log” was adopted, it is fair to assume Dave knows a thing or two about blogging and the social supplement of commenting. He grasps the online relevance of having a conversation and your willingness to share an insight and help someone else.
Everett thinks you are wasting your time by leaving comments.
Two bloggers, two opinions, and we are no closer to a universal standard of commenting.
I must side with Dave. And you?