“Nobody steps on a church in MY town!”
I may have gotten into blogging for the self-expression, but I stayed for the comments.
All of the comments I have ever received as a blogger have added richness and thoughtfulness to my life. Even the comments critical of various posts have been measured and well-reasoned.
The same can’t be said for many comments on the big media sites, like the WSJ, USA Today, EOnline or, as those who follow the topic of infertility know well, The New York Times. I stopped reading EOnline altogether, first because of its continuous coverage of a certain famous family I refuse to acknowledge, but also because every single photo or story about a celebrity featured lengthy user comment sections noting that so and so was fat, or too thin or too old, or lost their looks after they had a kid. I don’t think there has been one positive comment on there, ever, unless the story was about Ryan Gosling. In short, I hated the hate.
Now it is rumored that Fox News is considering getting rid of their comment section altogether.
By posting about our lives freely online, do we automatically open ourselves into criticism? True, most of us don’t become huge targets like Mckmama (Justine’s amazing article covers what’s happening there so well) but after reading about Mckmama, I discovered that most of the big female bloggers have some intense detractors who scour each post for ammunition and even create and comment on “hater” sites.
So maybe not giving people a say doesn’t matter, and they will find a way to have their say elsewhere? Maybe someone will set up a site just to post the nasty comments that would be missing from Fox News?
I have never deleted a non-spam comment (probably because I have never gotten a nasty comment, just constructive criticism) but I have deleted posts which have caused pain. I don’t regret doing this and I do regret the posts in question.
Anyway, I guess I don’t have a point but have questions. As usual.
Is not having a comment section like censorship? By deleting comments do we stop dialogue or do we stop trolls? Or is it not that simple? Have you ever deleted a comment? If so, how did you feel about it?