I post and respond to all substantive comments. But I’ve had questions from readers who didn’t see theirs. Understandably, they wanted to know why. Here’s how I handle comments:
- If they are about the content – they go up. Agree, disagree, it’s all good. Dialogue is exactly the point.
- If they are just “I liked this” (or not) they rarely do. If they are clearly not spam they might go up anyway, but the spammers tend to fall into this category. How can I tell? Specificity – a reference to the actual content. Might I be wrong? Unfortunately, yes. But there’s no information loss leaving these out.
- One exception to the above: a few come from rebroadcast mechanisms like topsy. I don’t know much about them, but assume my readers may want to, so I leave them in – you can follow the links to find out if it’s a service you want.
That’s it, except to say that I still have a low enough volume of comments that I look at every one, and respond if a response is indicated. I look at all the spam so far too, though that gets harder. WordPress seems to do a good job – when they say it’s spam, it has been so far. And they haven’t allowed much through, either.
Please comment if you have anything to say, anytime. That’s why I’m doing this – I can hear myself anytime I want to.