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Commenting and Blogs | palmIT

Commenting and Blogs

Commenting on blog posts, reading the comments associated with one of your own blog posts, and responding to the comments left on your posts, is an important part of blogging. The discourse between author and commenter often results in the original author refining or further clarifying his/her post as it did in this case in a recent MobileCrunch post.

"Ryan Daigle, took the time to comment suggesting that perhaps I was mistaken and that Yahoo was far from being in such a predicament. Ryan, thanks for putting me to rights. – mobilecrunch.com"

Unfortunately, blog commenting is under attack and bloggers are losing the war. Comment spam, off-topic comments, and flaming for the sake of flaming, are destroying the forum. Many bloggers, like Jason Kottke of Kottke.org simply can’t keep up and they’re disabling their commenting systems. More recently, the Washington Post disabled their commenting system.

"But there are things that we said we would not allow, including personal attacks, the use of profanity and hate speech. Because a significant number of folks who have posted in this blog have refused to follow any of those relatively simple rules, we’ve decided not to allow comments for the time being. It’s a shame that it’s come to this. – washingtonpost.com"

Somebody needs to develop a technical solution for this problem ASAP. 1st we lost Trackback functionality, commenting is under attack and the casualties are stacking up – to top it off, blogs are being attacked by splogs on all fronts. Whose going to lead the fight. Dave Winer’s comments about the recent WashingtonPost.com announcement were surprising. Please comment ; )

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