Monday, September 03, 2012

Comments

On closing comments (Vox Day's Blog)

Walter Russell Mead shuts down comments at The American Interest:
After almost three years and well more than 40,000 published reader comments (and half a million spam comments that either we or our spam filter managed to identify and trash), Via Meadia is joining the ranks of non-comment blogs. We’re grateful to readers over those years who have shared their reactions to what they read here, and hope to develop new ways to interact with readers even as we continue to benefit from their thoughts and responses, but the traditional comments section no longer seems like the right way to go. To make the comments section work in its present form we would have to edit and curate much more aggressively than we do now and in our current judgment the effort needed to do that is better spent improving other features of the blog.
One uncomfortable truth I have observed over time is that most bloggers really don't want "to interact with readers". What they appear to really want is...
Honest to Christmas, cap'cha has gotten so over the top, I have deleted the feature from comments here on my blog.

I will continue to monitor everything before it goes live onsite.

And a reminder: facebook comments are available for your convenience also!
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I'm asking people who'd like to post comments on my blog to pay a nominal fee—less a paywall than a gesture of your own commitment to the cause of great conversation. All proceeds go to helping me bring you the provocative and/or entertaining articles that brought you here in the first place.

I NEED TO BE HEARD! BUT I DONT WANT TO PAY.
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