Imagine you come home from work one day to find the word “moron” spray painted on your front door in bright red.
What do you do? Duh, the answer is so obvious!
You go and get your own can of even-brighter spray paint and, directly underneath the word “moron,” write “am not.”
What’s that? That’s not what you’d do? Heck, no!
You’d run to the garage, get the paint-remover and scrub it off as fast you could.
And, you’d apply a graffiti-blocking additive to your next paint-job. Because you don’t pay taxes, a mortgage, landscaping and toil in the flower beds on the weekends to provide a place for anyone who wanders by to deface what you’ve worked so hard to create.
So, when it comes to blogging, why do so many bloggers feel the obligation to approve and post every comment?
Even ones that serve no purpose beyond defacing, degrading or attacking? Why is the common ethic to just post the “you’re an idiot” comment, then respond in the form of a follow-up comment or post?
Conversation is great, debate is welcome, differences of opinion rule. And, at least in my case, I’ve been very fortunate. The level of conversation in the comments is usually amazing, not always in agreement, but respectful. I’ve outright deleted very few comments.
But, in the end, your blog is your house. Your house, your rules.
You wouldn’t let someone deface your house, so why would you let them deface your blog?
So, what do you guys think? Am I missing something? Do you delete or post and respond to comments that simply attack, deface or degrade?
What’s your policy? Have you ever had a comment deleted from a blog?
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