Reflections on moderated blog comments
Ran into another blog today with misleading, subjective assertions about topical content and which moderates all comments. It’s made me realize that, if you intend to blog about current events with any integrity, you absolutely must unmoderate comments and be ready to fight the spam. Otherwise, you’ve risk starting a monolog, not a conversation, and the web has enough monologs.
At best, the practice of moderating comments on opinion pieces is ill-advised and inconsiderate; at worst, it’s self-serving dishonesty — you should just turn off comments entirely so we all know it’s really a monolog.
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