During the first few years of writing this blog, I maintained an open comment policy with few restrictions on who could comment. In November 2011, however, I began experiencing a flood of spam comments, and as a result I had to implement a new comment policy that included comment moderation for new commenters and the requirement for all commenters to include their name (shown publicly) and e-mail address (not shown publicly). My hope was that the change would end the hundreds of spam comments I was getting each day while minimizing the inconvenience to those leaving valid comments.
Fortunately, the spate of spam has abated, and I think now I can relax the comment requirements. I think such measures do much to inhibit comments, as many people simply find it easier to leave comments at links on outreach sites (e.g. Facebook) rather than the post itself if they have to enter extra information in addition to the comment itself. Remote comments such as this are, of course, appreciated, but my greatest pleasure is in seeing and partaking in the conversations that develop on-site in the direct comments. I also realize that many people simply are not comfortable divulging their name and providing their e-mail address, no matter how secure the site is proclaimed to be. As a result, beginning today I have removed all comment moderation and the requirement to include name and e-mail address when leaving a comment. This means that anonymous comments are once again welcome. By eliminating as many barriers as possible to free, open communication, it is my hope that readers will not only find leaving comments here easy, but also feel comfortable doing so.
Copyright © Ted C. MacRae 2013
6 thoughts on “Relaxed comment moderation policy”
I hope that spam will not return to this site and trolls will wonder different parts of the net!
More importantly, I hope the valid commentators return.
I agree. I enjoy when people actually come to the site. And I’d feel like a heel asking them to but appreciate all comments the same. I have Askimet on my blog and it weeds out 99% of the spam.
Yes, it’s much easier to have a conversation when everybody gathers at the source.
I agree Askimet does a pretty good job.
But you should be usually and consistently aware of the multiple benefits of providing to me many dollars and Euros and pounds for so that I may continue to apprise you of all latest beetle-related products and services of which I can only be of provision and constant edification to you here in Nigeria.
It would have been even funnier if this was flagged as spam by Askimet and whisked away without me even seeing it.