The Death of Comments
It's sad and disappointing but the death of blog comments may be near. It's getting harder and harder to fight against the hordes of spammers and mediocrity and animosity out there.
Now, I do have to say that for the most part, I've been lucky. I've managed to escape much of it. I have a custom built spam filter that does a decent job of keeping out the blatant stuff. It's interesting just how predictable automated spam is.
What it can't stop, though, are those that abuse blog comments to gain link love. I keep a pretty close eye on things. I see people using services like LinkVendor to determine pages with decent PageRank and then proceed to leave a semi-relevant comment only to include a link to their super cool, ad-plastered e-comm site. Or those that are totally into getting involved and participating in the conversation but use an author name like, "Ottawa Web Design Services." Thanks for cheapening the whole thing.
I've been very tolerant as I really want people to participate. For example, I don't close comments on older posts. I should but I have posts from years ago that still get real people asking real questions. I like that. I support that. I feel defeated any time I end up having to shut down the comments on a post. It's like the spammers have won.
More and more, people are closing up their comments or never adding them to begin with. Has the time come to close the doors on blog comments?