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Commenting Policy: Be a Blog Snob and You Will Attract Snot Noses

Question: Are we making readers afraid to leave comments because of our obsession with putting down commenters?

Of course we all know what spam is but that is not what I’m talking about here. Let’s be honest. We’ve all read those blog tips about how commenting on other blogs with a link-back can lead to traffic coming to our blog.

So the fact is many (if not most) of us comment on other blogs for self promotion and pagerank value (especially if the blog is a “do follow blog like mine).

But lately I’ve been reading more blogs with a commenting policy like if you are going to comment here then say something intelligent or don’t say anything at all“. Or… junk links will be removed”.

Meaning: If the blog owner disagrees with you then you could be flamed or your comment might even be deleted. I was treated like that myself not long ago.

So is that any way to foster a community spirit?

I don’t know about you but when I hear that it turns me right off and makes me not want to leave a comment. After all, a so-called stupid comment is a subjective thing is it not?

The blog owner might consider anything I say that is of a different point of view to be stupid, so why then should I even bother to subject myself to that sort of criticism?

I have never put down a reader for making what might be considered a dumb comment. Everyone’s opinion is valid as far as I’m concerned so long as it is not obviously spam or intended to be confrontational and personal attacks.

Frankly I’m sick and fed up with arrogant bloggers whining about comments. They should be thankful for getting any comments at all.

I certainly won’t be commenting on their blog, that’s for sure. In fact, I probably won’t visit them again and not subscribe to their newsfeed either.

I mean, just who the hell do they think they are anyway?

It’s what I call stinkin’ thinkin’. An attitude like that goes against everything the blogosphere stands for.

Last time I checked the blogosphere is supposed to be a conversation — not just a personal soap box or cheering section.

Written November 29th, 2007 by | 20 Comments | Filed under: Miscellaneous Blog Tips, MythBusters , , , ,

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  1. When I was a virgin blogger, I did receive a scathing comment from someone who refused to reveal himself. I rejected it, but have since learned that unless it’s spam, let it through. Of course, being a personal blog, page rank means nothing to me. I’m not some sort of megolomaniac who needs thousands of readers, but I can definitely see the point that if you have a blog that is supposed to help people, you shouldn’t be a jerk.

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  2. couldn’t agree more sir !

    they don’t understand the different of comment and spam

    or maybe they’re too smart to think a comment as a spam :P

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  3. Kirsten, one thing that I will not put up with are anonymous commenters who attack me personally. If they haven’t got the guts to show themselves then they aren’t worth the effort replying to.

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  4. Arrogance has no bounds Efendi.

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  5. Heh Heh .. “Virgin Blogger” .. What would you call Blog Bloke ?

    I was going to put an entire page on comment policy on my blog but this post got me to reconsider.

    I am going to leave things the way they are.

    Atleast the phrase “Please Be considerate and on Topic” won’t hurt ! (I hope).

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  6. Veteran Blogger of the great wars, perhaps?

    “Please Be considerate and on Topic”… works for me!

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  7. Until they create a Mucinex-Blog tablet, I wonder what would happen if a Blogger Action Network (B.A.N.) was created to list Blog Snobs with unreasonable attitudes and arrogant comment policies?

    Until than, here is one more gem to add to the sea of humor:
    On Lorelle Vanfossen, sounds like Blog Bloke is the Rose between her two thorns!

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  8. I love the B.A.N. idea. We could start with the a-listers.

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  9. I used to really want comments, but then I got to the stage of “So What?!” Now I’m grateful for every single comment I get! :-)

    Since comments are often spun out quickly, sometimes they can be misinterpreted because they were not correctly worded to convey their original intention. So I try to give every commenter some slack.

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  10. Good for you little bb. I totally agree.

    It’s the same old story. For some, their heads swell proportionately with their increase in traffic.

    I’m so glad to hear from you again. The blog isn’t the same without your sassy self :)

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  11. Kuanyin comments strike the same notes with me. I wonder if the Blogging hype about the quantity of comment chatter measuring the success of a Blog affects our changing views about comments?

    For example, one clown created a Conversation Rate using New Math where Visitor Comments are divided by the Number of Posts to measure the success of a Blog!

    I wonder how many bought his Blog snake oil?

    Perhaps, most readers are too busy with work, family, health issues, etc. to post a comment?

    Back to the B.A.N., is your list is the same as mine?

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  12. Lol Hello Blog Bloke

    I linked this on my blog becuz I thought it was funny and oh so true.
    I rarely get comments I dunno why? perhaps people are to busy or the people reading are not bloggers!~ liked your post harleyblues

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  13. LOL !!!

    You guys break me up. Like I’ve always said, my Blokesters are the coolest and most savvy bloggers around. Regarding the B.A.N. blogroll, let’s share URLS Debbie :)

    Hey Harley… welcome to the blog and mucho thanks for the link. Maybe this post will get viral. We can only hope.

    Comments are a funny thing. Some posts can get hundreds, whereas some days it can feel like I’m the sole survivor of an H-bomb.

    It takes patience and a lot of work to build a community — one blogger at a time. But the good news is you’ve taken the right step, because by linking to me you are now an official Blokester and I will be adding your link sometime soon.

    Congrats, and I hope to hear from you again soon.

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  14. “Comments on this blog are indexed by Google and the Search Engines ( ie “NOFOLLOW” has been removed ).”

    Not anymore.

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  15. Sorry, but I no follow (pun intended).

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  16. I just wanted to comment that I hope all is good with you and your family and you are enjoying the onset of the Holidays.
    I miss hearing from you on my blog.
    You always say the most clever stuff! Love ya, your buddy in CR.

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  17. Thanks Tica. Actually I’m busier now than ever because I’ve had to take on an extra job to pay the Christmas bills that I expect to incur. There’s no time to kick back and enjoy the holidays for this Bloke.

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  18. You could make a good Santa ! ;)

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  19. Ho, Ho, Ho … Smart Alec :)

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  20. awesome stuff mate, made my day

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