Being A Comment Nazi

I was going to do a break down of the new 9rules, but since it’s only been less than 24 hours after it’s changed so much that even it’s older members, myself included, are still poking some of the newer features with a proverbial stick. So I’ll leave those thoughts to a later date and instead talk about comments and the way we handle them.

Interestingly enough we tend for overlook the fact that the comments we receive do reflect the state of our blogs. In ways, whether we choose to reply to them or not shows how much we care for our readers thoughts. At the same time, how much we monitor the same comments sheds like on our natures, whether we can take things with a pinch of salt, or we love to be in control.

Because blogs tend to rely on the interaction with people as part of its success, how we pull off our comments if any helps with bringing readers back, even if it’s in spite of your main content. The whole focus of your blog is who you are. If you don’t show yourself as approachable in the first place, people might not be tempted to come back. It’s a tricky thing to achieve, but depending on what type of blog you’re on and why you blog, it’s always best to be yourself, not your online façade or someone you think is cool. Just someone who is you. It’s easier to keep that face up over the years rather than a lie you have to live on a daily basis.

Of course, there are people like myself who would exercise our right to monitor and if possible edit the comments that come through our blogs. Not everything that comes through is pretty. Forget spam, there are instances where you can be indicted for comments on your own blog, comments that aren’t even yours. In cases like this, simply ignoring the comment isn’t enough. The choices are whether or not you want to delete the comment or not. If I were you, I’d sooner get rid of it and save yourself sleepless nights. Better a troll that doesn’t return, than a blog that gets into legal troubles.

That aside, I do have a comment policy. One that states that I reserve the right to not just delete your posts, but edit it if there are any spelling or grammatical errors. Some people think that this removes the readers from the context of the post, often skewering the point and diminishing the right for freedom of speech. So far though, I have yet to receive a single complaint from the comments I have edited. Some are regular readers. Short of installing a way for readers to edit their own comments, that’s the best I can do for now.

It’s not that it’s a bad thing. It’s just something that needs to be done to give our blogs a little measure of peace. Then again, what about you? What do you think about editing a comment? Do you have problems deleting a comment when it becomes too troublesome? Do you even care about the state of comments on your blog? Or are you like this little guy here?

Lolcat Comment Nazi

Your thoughts will be well appreciated.

6 thoughts on “Being A Comment Nazi

  1. I don’t edit my comments. Only those that Spam me with promises of bigger boobs and longer….*self-censored*. lol

    As for your thoughts about denying people their freedom of speech, I honestly did not think that much. Not that deep. For all I know, there are plenty of blogs out there. I know many people just chose to browse through without leaving a word. The fact is if my readers took the time to type the few words on my comment box, I’m already flattered. πŸ™‚ It meant a lot.

    The state of comments? That depends. I mean I can demand a certain quality from myself, I don’t think it’s fair I impose my standard on others. πŸ™‚

  2. Back in the days of old blogger, there was a way to edit comments, but it no longer works. I used to edit MY comments, and once only I asked permission to edit someone else’s because they used a word I didn’t want on my blog, It involved an illegal sordid activity so I won’t say it here either. They didn’t mind.

    I wouldn’t be happy if my comments were edited by someone else. Including typos. Even in my featured comments section, I don’t edit their words unless they specifically ask me to remove typos. Makes us human.

  3. Finally stepped out of those introspective shoes to do a bit of blog analytics, huh? Bottom line holds true: Its your blog, do what you want with it.

  4. Like I’ve mentioned in the 9rules Notes, I used to edit my commentator’s spelling, grammar and punctuation errors (I iz comment nazi, LOL) but I have stopped doing so recently because I figured that the comments “represent” the commentators in one way or another. For example, some people don’t use capital letters, others don’t use commas, and some prefer double-full-stops for some reasons I have yet to ascertain.

    But I still edit links posted in the comments and I give them appropriate anchor words because the URLs are sometimes too long and break my theme. I’ve got a pretty theme so I don’t like to see it broken, LOL.

  5. Helen: Not my thoughts, just that naysayers to editing comments usually use freedom of speech as an argument. Not entirely valid. Just gives them more reason to troll.

    ChickyBabe: Not a comment nazi huh? Then again, you never have typos to begin with. One thing I’m thankful for, is the fact you drop by from time to time. πŸ™‚

    Cirnelle: Then you haven’t been reading my blog enough. πŸ™‚ I write a lot of posts about blogging. Here and guest blogging on other blogs as well. You should check them out. They are under the Blogging Category.

    Pelf: Links are the main things I’d actually edit because I don’t like to break the comments as well. Spelling errors I do have a tendency to edit. I dunno, it helps to keep things clean, even if I have to be anal about it. πŸ™‚

  6. I may be coming out of left field here, Kami, but I guess I never thought to even edit my commenters’ comments. I thought either it was appropriate and crossed the “inappropriate” line or it didn’t. I guess I had assumed it purely wasn’t my right…like an all-or-nothing type of deal. But it’s interesting to hear this take on it. It doesn’t make me necessarily for or against it, either way.

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