Pogie emailed me today with a question: What value does commenting have on the blog? Good question.
Basically, I like comments, until they turn into flame wars and ad hominem attacks. I learn things from time-to-time in the comments section. Sometimes they lead to introspection.
Would dumping comments make the site less interesting? Would it hurt traffic? James Conner quit taking comments at Flathead Memo, what, a couple of years ago? I still visit his site but there are times I’d really like to comment on one of his posts.
Then there’s banning. Who to ban? People whose positions you don’t agree with? People who comment too much? People who derail threads? People who comment for self-promotion? Maybe I should ban myself since I’ve been known to get into pissing matches with folks who have commented.
I was at 4&20 Blackbirds for seven years and banned one person based on a personal attack that included my wife. There were a couple of others I should have banned but I don’t like censorship even if I find comments offensive.
So, gentle reader, your thoughts? It’s Don’s site and I’m sure he’ll make the right decision but maybe your comments on comments will add some perspective. Thanks.