"Disabled Comments" - Talking to a Brick Wall

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Real Estate Broker with Keller Williams West Sound Realty

One of the new features here on ActiveRain is 'Disabled Comments,' the ability of the blog author to 'disable' any commenting on their post.

 "Comments have been disabled by the author"

I've encountered a couple of these 'disabled' articles recently. In both instances, the writing was excellent! It accomplished all that good, quality blog content should. It was thought-provoking and stimulating. The words engaged my mind, challenged my thinking, questioned my convictions/views.

It evoked within me a need to respond, to contribute in some small way; to complete the circle of conversational blogging....

And then,....the train wreck!....

"Comments have been disabled by the author"

Excuse me??? This is the US of A we're talking about here! Freedom of Speech, Apple Pie, and Wrigley Field!

Wasn't the whole purpose of blogging to create a dialogue? To attract your reader in such a way as to illicit their involvement through comments? Establishing meaningful, relevant connections?

Unfortunately, I can't respond. I've been silenced. My voice isn't wanted, needed, valued.

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Update:  I just encountered yet another post this evening that had nearly 30 comments and some very lively discussion, and the author simply decided to 'Shut it Down!' Please know that while I don't necessarily agree with this feature, I respect people's right to employ it.

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Rich, this makes me think and feel that possibly the author felt as if his words were "final". Period. An invitation to share, agree, disagree, or argue a difference of opinion has been stricken from the records! Would you have even read it if you knew you couldn't comment? I don't think I would. It does take away the freedom and creativity of thought. Deb
February 09, 2008 08:50 PM
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Debra - I suppose for some, it has its place. But for me, it's not something I would do...
February 10, 2008 12:28 AM
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Rich - Wow, I'm really late to this one.  I have used it once, just for the heck of it.  Overall, I will have to agree with you Rich.  To me, what differentiates blogging from a lot of other forms of media is the thread and following interaction.  I don't get why individuals would want to essentially silence any feedback...good, bad, or indifferent.  That's just me though.  For those that utilize the function and do so more times than not, I probably won't be following their posts nearly as often.
February 14, 2008 01:20 PM
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I Recently wrote simple blog about my pet peeve.  Nothing, I thought that would provoke anyone. The Lady in Red made a teasing comment. Low and behold an outsider picked up on the blog and was very unkind to Teri. I emailed Teri to ask her if she would like me to delete the blog, or disable comments. She voted to keep on. Teri and I managed to carry it off, then the outsider apologized to Teri. Teri wrote a featured blog stemming from this ordeal. My point--By not disabling comments, or deleting anything we rose above the problem and solved it together. Disabling to avoid conflict may stunt our character growth.

 

February 16, 2008 06:10 PM
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Rich,

You know that I disagree with you.  Managing a blog effectively requires active participation in the comments section.  Sometimes, success in weblogging spikes your business, which limits your ability to effectively manage the comments.  For me, it's a choice of excellence; if I can't effectively engage in a conversation, I won't do it.

Ms Kennedy and Mr. Roberts,

Most consumers won't comment on my weblog because of the "clubby" industry atmosphere the comments thread is- it intimidates consumers.  While I welcome your participation, I can't afford to have it eclipse the message to consumers.

I apologize that many of you feel your "rights" have been "taken away" but my Active Rain blog helps to feed my family, pay my daughter's tuition, and satisfy the litany of creditors who line up monthly.  When faced with those choices, I , regrettably, side with my customers (and subsequently my family) over the membership.

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