Strong opinions, weakly held

New comment policy

For a few months I had enabled comments for every post, but I’m changing things again so that only posts that invite commentary actually have comments enabled. I’m not dissatisfied with the comments, but I think that restricting comments to particular posts will encourage more comments on those posts, since they’ll be special. This could also be seen as an admission that many of my posts really aren’t interesting enough to invite conversation, and that’s probably true.

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  1. Harumph.

    There are lots of things you write about that might invite meaningful comment, even if you don’t believe so.

    By arbitarily turning comments off or on, you’re actually discouraging comments by shutting out your community.

  2. I’d second that. A personal weblog may not generate many comments anyway. Even public weblogs like linkfilter don’t generate that many comments.

  3. Of course that doesn’t mean we don’t enjoy the posts.

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  5. Kottke does this, and I have to say it is truly annoying.

  6. Got to agree with the prevailing sentiment – what’s the harm in just leaving comments on – never know what might spark discussion…

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