I read Alan’s blog post the other day, and while I hope it really isn’t his last post, I understand what he’s saying about the noise. Comments on my blog and others often spiral out of control, but it’s certainly not something isolated to the domain industry. It happens on just about every website that accepts comments.
There have been several times I’ve thought about installing a Facebook comments for WordPress plugin. I don’t think it will be the panacea for the problem, but I do believe it will cause another problem.
If I install Facebook comments so that people are held more accountable for what they write, I believe I will then lose all comments from before I installed the plugin. Four years of comments could be gone, and that wouldn’t be fair to anyone who took the time to comment. Further, if the plugin was installed but later removed, all of those comments would be gone, too.
Despite the fact that additional moderation on my part might make things stay more on track, I don’t want to begin censoring my blog. I appreciate the time it takes for people to comment, and I like the fact that people are comfortable sharing their opinion.
At some point in the near future, I may prohibit people from posting without identifying themselves since I am held accountable for everything I write, but I don’t necessarily want the responsibility of ensuring that everyone is who they say they are.
I’d love to hear some feedback from you on how to keep things more on track.