Just over a month ago, I switched comments off for this blog. I wanted to post a very brief follow-up on that decision.
In a nutshell, it was definitely the right move.
Gemmell lists several benefits, which I’ve also experienced since turning off comments a while back.
Commenting leaves a lot of baggage that we simply donâ€™t have the time maintain, and thatâ€™s not a good thing for us or our readers. Instead of putting readers in danger by failing to moderate a malicious link, or failing to moderate an offensive opinion, weâ€™re simply going to remove comments and leave commenters the choice of using Twitter or their personal blogs to write informed and well spoken opinions that our comments section doesnâ€™t provide room for. The answer isnâ€™t as simple as, â€œWe donâ€™t like comments.â€ There are a lot of reasons behind why weâ€™ve reached our decision, and we hope our contribution to the discussion provides an ample explanation for when we eventually remove the feature.
Part of my M&P (Mission & Purpose) for DisplayBlog entails I focus most of my time curating and writing, about displays, photography, design and other stuff I’m interested in. Not moderating.
Update 2: Brent Simmons:
I see my blog that way: itâ€™s one place on the web, the place where I write. Itâ€™s one leaf on a tree. It doesnâ€™t have to contain everything. These days there are so many ways and places to comment â€” so many other tools â€” that including comments here would be Emacs-like.