Tuesday, November 9, 2004

Some quick thoughts on comments

Last week I disabled comments on my blog because it was a pain in the ass to delete the spam every morning. Now I see that Holger has made some changes to the script to keep the bots away, but before I see if that works, I thought I'd mention the difference no comments has made.

Most notably, I got lots of email. Way more than usual. And none from the folks who most often comment here. This made me wonder about the qualitative differences between (private) email and (public) comments. Is it just that some people are exhibitionists and others voyeurs? I don't think so.

I mean, I understand that the content recently might have compelled different comments or lack thereof - but that doesn't account for why so many people sent email and why those people had, to the best of my recollection, never before commented here. And it doesn't account for the silence of (semi)regular commentators.

If you have any ideas or thoughts on this - please email me.

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