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.