I like the numbers on this blog. I get thousands of hits each month; over 175,000 since I started it. The first year I think I got only 175 hits...ok maybe a couple more, but the growth has been explosive. Two posts account for 20% of the hits. The first is the viral “Burqa” post about AYD's dress-code violation, and the second is a “This Day In History” post about Karla Faye Tucker's execution.
The post about Karla has been gaining in popularity. From the new comments it appears as if the Karla post has been luring in a bunch of evangelical Christians. It was the act of deleting a comment on that which has had me questioning the need for a comment policy.
The comment was:
“Aoa your a dick -anonymous”
I've got really good spam filters, and they caught this one. They often catch things that are not spam. I flush them out, and post real comments every once in a while.
I don't think a comment policy is needed for spam messages. If you need to tell me how sexy you think I am there is no need to include links to pornography sites, and I don't appreciate it when you tell me how amazing my boobs are; Hey! my posts are up here! I love it when people say they enjoy my writing, but there is no need to link to “cheep generic viagra” in order to stroke my ego. A friend who does not filter spam in his comments has an unusable comment section; it has been overrun. I delete spam with impunity, and I don't need a comment policy to justify this.
In the ongoing brouhaha surrounding the FSB-thunderf00t schism the charge of “ creating an echo chamber” in online comments has been levied. I've got about as effective an echo chamber as you could hope for due to the empty nature of my comment section; I don't need to work to create one.
When I saw Mr Anonymous's comment I immediately wanted to corect his use of “your”. I ran a couple ways of running down the typo. Each of them was essentially a variation on the “you're right, I'm a dick” theme. However, I don't think I'm a dick, so I did not find that sort of response satisfactory. When I tried other ways of targeting the “your” issue they all began to sound like I was trying to hide the fact that I should really be saying “you're right, I'm a dick”.
I then hit upon the idea of simply posting a message like:
“A comment has been received that was deleted as per this blog's comment policy. If you believe this was your comment, and was deleted in error, please reference the comment policy and resubmit your comment.”
Then I could simply write a comment policy that was something like:
“This is my blog, and I can be a dick about it if I want. I will delete comments for whatever reason I wish, and if you do not like that go suck an egg”
However, I will try and come up with something a little more productive.