an update on comments and comment spamming

Did you know that Seth Godin’s blog doesn’t have comments on it? I thought that was odd, for one of the A list bloggers/techies out there. But I do understand why he doesn’t want to deal with them:

First, I feel compelled to clarify or to answer every objection or to point out every flaw in reasoning. Second, it takes way too much of my time to even think about them, never mind curate them. And finally, and most important for you, it permanently changes the way I write. Instead of writing for everyone, I find myself writing in anticipation of the commenters.

I moderate the comments on my blogs. Of course, my reasons for moderating comments are easy to understand: too many spam comments for anyone to deal with in a rational manner.

What has finally worked for me is turning on the Akismet feature of Word Press. Wow! Very little gets past it. Almost nothing. The stuff is so good that b5media purchased a full commercial license for their blogs.

Darren Rowse at ProBlogger uses the Spam Karma plugin and writes that it’s been working wonders for his blogs. I’ll keep that in mind if I need something more than what I’m doing now.

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