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Comments And Blogging.

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Bob is hosting an informative discussion on the merits and de-merits of comments policies on blogs. Also see Flesh’s Bloggers are responsible for the comments they attract.

My own comments policy (such as it is).

Written by modernityblog

26/11/2009 at 15:18

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  1. I would never assert my Merkin Right to be silly over your right to control the control the content of your site. That’s silly.

    Still, if Harry’s Place had no comments, the chance of me reading it would be nearly nonexistent.


    26/11/2009 at 15:29

  2. yeah, but you are smarter than, say the like of Elf, who will censor people’s stuff on his own blog, but complain when people do the same to him.

    I am not too troubled by the issue, I think it comes down to the desire to debate, exchange ideas, etc or those that want to rant, vent their spleen, and how you deal with it.


    26/11/2009 at 15:48

  3. If HP had no comments, I’d be much more likely to read it.


    26/11/2009 at 17:08

  4. Well, Bob. If you don’t click on “comments” they really don’t exist. Maybe the mere awareness that naughty stuff may exist a teensy mouseclick away is too much for some.


    26/11/2009 at 17:23

  5. Bob,

    Funny enough, me too, but even then some of the weirder personalised posts at HP (mostly attacking some Muslim leader, although not exclusively ) I find disturbing.

    I suspect it comes down to the blogger’s own obsessions (and I think we’d have to agree that it is, at least, a bit obsessive to want to spout off in an organised way on these issues, daily), I don’t find HP’s obsessions to be mine, and in many ways I am very uncomfortable when racism (I won’t name the post for the moment) is pushed on the specious ground of freedom of speech.

    Because once you do that you’ve legitimised almost anything on those grounds too.

    If you tend to post on certain issues then you are going to get people interested in those issues, or at least, their opposites wanting to comment, and there’s a danger that all bloggers must be aware of.

    I post on anti-fascism, etc so naturally fascists and their mates want to reply, but fuck em I say, my blog….

    I am not troubled either way, if I had no readers or a few hundred daily, it is all the same to me as I just do this to keep my sanity, anything else is a plus.

    Bob, I wouldn’t be too rigid on comments, or literalistic, that’s why I am not bothered if someone insults me. After all I do the same, sometimes, so I can hardly complain!

    I think fostering discussion and debate are the end goals, so what ever people feel comfortable with it is for them to decide, if others ain’t too keen on it, they’ll walk away, in that respect the web and bloggers are great levellers.


    26/11/2009 at 17:45

  6. At the end of the day it’s your blog so your rules apply. Like Bob’s rules your#s are perfectly fiar. Me I just require people to play nice. Luckily I’ve only ever told one blogger to stay off my blog. I won’ttolerate people carrying on their feuds in comments on teh Poor Mouth (happened once or twice)

    jams O'Donnell

    26/11/2009 at 21:23

  7. Yeah Jams, I’d agree with you, but thick “anti-Zionists” and Far Right loons can’t get the whole idea that the world is not their playpen, so can act up…although in fairness it is not just them.


    26/11/2009 at 21:37

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