I’ve been writing this blog for three years now and it’s been great to watch it grow, both in terms of traffic and interaction in the form of reader comments. But things have inevitably come to the point, like every site that incorporates such interactivity, where some ground rules on comments need to be established.
For the most part up until now, I’ve been willing to let just about anything fly in the comment sections. In the early days of this blog, comments were few and far between, so I was quite happy to get them regardless of content. But, as reader numbers increase, so too do the number of comments – both good and bad. It’s the dilemma of every news website (and blogger) to try and encourage the good while also limiting the bad.
As such, I thought it would be right to mention that I’ll be deleting “bad” comments, which are those that are silly, pointless, off topic or unintelligible, as well as those that personally insult me, other readers or individuals in general.
Like any writer, I love to see my posts spark conversations – in many ways, that’s the point of writing them in the first place. And while I don’t expect everyone to agree with my ideas, I do expect the resultant conversations to be civil, on-topic and free from personal attacks.
Many high-traffic sites have adopted a pre-moderated comment system for exactly these reasons. That’s a step I hope to avoid for as long as possible, although if traffic continues to grow, my gut tells me it’s inevitable.
In the meantime, thanks to everyone for reading and please keep those comments coming – I’ll do my best to respond and further the conversation. But in the spirit of that conversation, let’s all try to play nice!