By Dan Kennedy • The press, politics, technology, culture and other passions

Comment reconsideration

After reading your public comments and private e-mails, I’ve decided not to do anything about comments to Media Nation in the immediate future. I’ve seen several good reasons not to require people to register with Blogger, including:

  • At least one correspondent whose judgment I respect thinks Blogger’s terms of service are a legal nightmare. I’ve decided not to worry about it, but I know others may differ.
  • Another tells me that requiring registration won’t even eliminate blog spam — a big incentive for making the change.
  • At least one third-party solution that I briefly investigated, Haloscan, doesn’t seem to do much.

Now that the semester has begun, I’ll probably let things continue unchanged until spring. After that, I plan to investigate a real third-party solution or possibly a switch to WordPress, which apparently has better comment tools.

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  1. Bryan Person,

    Much better, Dan. Much better.My WordPress blog uses something called Akismet. It kills dozens of spam a day, and I don’t have to do a thing.Only rarely does actual spam slip through, and then I can just go in and delete. Similarly, only rarely does a legitimate e-mail end up in the spam box.Something to consider when the semester is over.

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  3. A.J. Cordi

    Your blog is becoming similar to the internet tax… we’re all safe (for now.)If you do find something for blogger that blocks spam, please post it.

  4. Stella

    Never underestimate the wisdom of inertia!

  5. Anonymous

    Thanks Dan!– Bill R

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