Tag: comments

Hosting problems solved (hopefully!) – site moved

Due to issues with the server this site was on, my hoster agreed to move it to another server this morning. That move happened at around 11am GMT today.

Just now I noticed a comment which was made yesterday on one of my posts and which I was not notified of by my blog software (presumably due to my mail being on the same troublesome server) – hopefully I didn’t miss too many other comments.

If anyone left a comment or emailed me in the last two days and I haven’t responded, you have my sincerest apologies and please contact me again. Hopefully this move to the new server will resolve the problems this site has been having.

Is blogging becoming monologous?

Robert Scoble announced the other day that he was going to start moderating the comments on his blog:

It was that moment that I decided to moderate my comments here. Yes, I am now approving every comment here. And I will delete any that don’t add value to either my life or the lives of my readers.

This is a huge change for me. I wanted a free speech area, but after having a week off I realize that I need to make a change. That, I’m sure, will lead to attacks of “censorship” and all that hooey. Too bad. I’m instituting a “family room” rule here. If I don’t like it, it gets deleted and deleted without warning — just the same as if you said something abusive in my family room I’d kick you out of my house. If you don’t like that new rule, there are plenty of other places on the Internet to write your thoughts. Start a blog and link here. Etc. Etc.

Steve Rubel, similarly moderates his comments, Marketing guru Seth Godin has turned off comments on his blog, Michelle Malkin only allows trackbacks and others have systems in place which require you to register to leave a comment.

This is a disappointing trend in blogging because it starts to take the meme ‘markets are conversations’ and change it to markets are monologs (once more!). Further – how can we now seriously evangelise the benefits of having comments enabled when some of the most prominent bloggers have theirs locked down?