Lately, I have seen an influx in the number of comments I’ve been receiving here on Do It With WordPress and it’s probably closely related to the site’s growing popularity. And to be perfectly honest, the bulk of the ones that get past Akismet have ended up in the trash.
I have opened up my blog to help others, by removing nofollow links and instead allowing comment authors to get a creditable backlink to their site, free of charge. I believe that nofollow is evil and it’s the network of backlinks that create the ecosystem called the internet. And in order for it to work properly, links need to be accounted for. I don’t believe in punishing the majority for the questionable tactics of the few.
However, as should be expected, with increased popularity, my site has naturally experienced an increase in the number of marketers looking for a quick link back to their site for a bit of “link juice”. The comments are usually so generic that they can be (and no doubt are) pasted on to hundreds of blogs every day, or they’re vaguely tied to the post content to give the impression that they’ve actually read the article and are making a good point. Usually however, it is a comment that can’t even warrant a response other than “Thank you”, or “You’re welcome”.
It’s for this reason that I trash these comments. And I don’t feel all that bad about it. I pour myself into my writing and into building up this site so that the masses can enjoy it and get something useful from it. And what do I charge for this service? Nothing.
I offer this information and community up to whoever wants to be a part of it and it’s the purpose of the commenting system to allow the community to build upon my article and offer up their own thoughts, experiences, questions and improvements.
I seem to be in the minority here, but I don’t feel bad about not including a comment if it doesn’t further the conversation. I don’t need to be built up by hundreds of “Great post” comments; it just makes it more difficult for my readers to find the potentially useful information that has been written by my readers.
So, with that said, what’s your perspective on comments? Am I being too harsh? Or do you agree with me? Please leave your (thoughtful, conversation-driven, selfless) comments below ;)