Starting from news sites to all marketing spaces, all site owners are happy to do away with the tiny little space for comment that is often filled with the most grotesque and irrelevant write-ups or links. The unprovoked thin comments or pushed links can be put with good intentions, but they surely do not add any value to the discussion thread.
It is difficult to resist the temptation of spamming, no matter how detrimental its result seem to be. Nonetheless, there are inflammatory comments that despite being relevant to the topic, are unkind to the writer or his views. Even the most talented and experienced of writers experience bitterness through such comments during their lifetime.
There is hardly anything more thankless than comment moderation. No matter how strong and difficult barriers are erected, spammers seem to find their ways into the comment section of a particular write-up. It consumes valuable time to do the moderation process.
If negative comments are dangerous why should we retain the comment section?
- Initially, commenting secured its space on the blog pages. People started learning the art of commenting from each other, they depended on one another for detailed information on a matter, they created a network while cultivating and nurturing a relationship through similar or conflicting ideas.
- Google says comments are great for SEO and it can never be wrong. A healthy communication among the readers definitely establishes a site’s quality. This way, comments became part and parcel of quality and informative content.
- There have been spam comments since the very first day when the first blogger would probably have thought of putting their ideas on the keyboard. Why on earth do they bother writers anymore? It is all the sweat and efforts of the writer that makes that makes it painful for allowing meaningless links finding place in the comment section. It can be annoying to the author who pours his heart and soul into the write-up. He can never allow a slew of vultures to spot the space for putting a link.
- Initially, the writers were more than happy to garner positive criticism in the form of comments. Pertinent questions were asked with more zeal. Some engaging ones even challenged the value and a few ideas placed by the writer. They attracted more upvotes to remain at the top of the least for a considerable time. There are a few solutions to these problems.
- Comment moderation is one effective idea that helps clearing off the queues up elements that you do not want below your effective work.
- If every comment becomes subject to approval, only good and effective ones will remain in the line.
- Closing the comment section might put an end to the trouble completely. However, that can never be a viable solution as it would shut the door on multiple quality comments and some effective points.
Bottom line is, the comment section always had potential to nurture fantastic content for overall good of the industry.
- The discussion question in the comment section can be considered as the gem to spark and infuse life into the complete conversation. The reader should see that question right after reading the content and feel like engaging himself in the discussion procedure.
There might be a need to…
- Stay up till midnight for comment moderation
- Try to guess the identity of the author
- Publish the comment
- Thumb-up the discussion question to make it stay on top of the comment thread
All these procedures require a lot of manual work.
- Something that seems to be spam to me might not be the same to another reader. Judging the quality of comments is a completely subjective theory that demands subjective analysis.
- Discussion questions not only collect a whopping number of upvotes but help trigger analytical reviews that more readers feel tempted to contribute in. Naturally, the comment thread gets a strong foundation and easy growth through such questions.
Despite all the efforts made, comment spammers can still be spotted at every corner. Even the most delicious mug of coffee leaves grounds at the bottom and probably that is the element which make us crave for another cup to wash off the residue.