Why I Don't Do Comments

From time to time I get asked why my blog isn't comment enabled. There are several reasons for this:

  1. It's my blog. It's here as way for me to share information, make comments, and express opinions. Incidentally, one of those opinions is that all of these objectives can be met by a site that doesn't support comments.
  2. Comment sections make for a horrible discussion medium, I'd really rather get an email. I realize this makes it more of a pain for folks to provide feedback, and it hasn't escaped my attention that this also serves to improve the quality of feedback. Drastically in fact.
  3. Let's be realistic. I do a piss-poor job of posting with any regularity, it's pretty much a given that I'm going to do an even worse job of tracking and responding to comments.
  4. Spam, (and this one is pretty much reason enough). Others deal with this through some combination of moderating, content filtering (which requires accepting some false positives and/or negatives), or forcing users to jump through a series of hoops. It's an arms race and a pain in the ass. No thanks.

In other words, I'm selfish, and lazy.

Whether you agree or disagree, I'd love to hear your thoughts. Leave me a comment below and tell me how you feel!