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Thursday, February 05, 2015

Good Things About Comment Moderation

While some complaints about screening and deleting comments are understandable (like obnoxious users treating it as a way of ignoring anything that makes them look bad), I don't think we need to come down so hard on it. So here is a brief defense of it.

  • It guarantees I'll read every comment. There are several ways to make sure all comments reach my eyes. Checking out what you said before it gets published is one way.
  • It's the most effective spam filter. Machines can help with spam, but only so much.
  • There are few other ways to keep out trolls. Yeah, you can report them and such, but wouldn't it be great for you, the reader, to not need to see the trolls in the first place?

Anything else?

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