You’ve likely run into the Don’t Read the Comments concept — either the meme or at least accidentally reading comments on very popular sites. By and large, that’s true of most places…but not here. I curate my comments section (both on my blog and on my G+ posts). I do that because the people who read my blog, current and back posts, don’t need to see a collection of useless comments that have no temporal context.
Most of the time, people are some — means I don’t delete comments many. But when I do, it’s because:
- Someone did not think their comment through, and started with “You’re wrong” or similar jerkiness. Perhaps this flowchart would help illustrate why I kill such comments.
- Someone is attempting not to engage in discourse but “win” some perceived Internet argument. I’ll kill those whether they agree or disagree me — the tone is what I look for, not the content.
- Random Internet dickishness.
- Off-topic comments. There are various ways to contact me, whether on Twitter, on Google+, or using my contact page. (I’m pretty bad about getting back to Facebook messages, FYI.) If you have something you want to ask me about or tell me, please do! Just not on an unrelated post. :)
- When the comment is a copy error correction. I make the corrections, but don’t want to clutter the comment archive with them. However, I am totally thankful to those who do comment with those!
Let’s be awesome together, not jerks! :D Let’s make as many corners of the Internet as possible happier and smarter places.
A couple notes: First, any comments are that 95% awesome but 5% jerky get killed; being partly awesome isn’t a defense. Second, I occasionally don’t delete comments, if I need to make a point by replying (though that’s pretty rare).
On occasion, I edit comments — for typos or broken tags. I especially do this if you give follow-up comment pointing out your error. After all, no sense in preserving errors like that for years or keeping the scrollbar longer by having a comment that’s just pointing out your own typo.
Additionally, comments close on my posts after three months. That’s mainly a spam preventer, though it has the effect of keeping me looking forward rather than responding to comments from posts months- and years-old.