Monthly Archives: January 2012

Some new opinions about blog/site comments from a couple of authors I value the opinion of:
Yes, the world is full of stupid assholes. »Yes, the world is full of stupid assholes. I don’t know why that is, but it’s true. Which ordinarily doesn’t bother me, except that a lot of them like to comment. I post something, and right away some asshole posts some snark.
The “no asshole comments” option post contains a few thoughts on what can be done about negative comments.

The having of comments

It’s a tricky issue, having comments on your site; it seems straightforward but it’s actually not. For a start, you’re responsible for the comments on your site. If someone defames someone in the comments on your site, and you leave it there, you could get sued for that defamation as much as a paper publishing a defamatory article. That’s the most serious aspect, for me. After that, there’s the work of it. Managing the comments, the spam (not as much of an issue these days) and responding to the commenters. That last one can be rewarding, although it helps to have a thick skin; things can get nasty, and very personal. Then there’s the abuse from friends, too. I’ve always thought that this kind of thing from friends is more destructive than they realise; if your friend unveiled a new painting in a gallery, would you go to the opening and heckle them and throw things? I doubt it. So, I’ve been considering doing away with comments altogether, which has been something that several sites have been publicly discussing; there are those who never had comments on their sites, those who have recently removed the feature, and those who feel […]

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So, here we are, January 2012 and I’ve decided to have another stab at writing on a regular basis again. I liked putting stuff on Facebook, but it’s not really the place for longer notes, it has it’s own audience and after all it is Facebook, the mighty walled garden of the new Web. I want to work at the discipline to go at it regularly, to get my ideas out there, and even if I don’t reach Tadhg-like output levels of yesteryear, it would be good to post once or twice a week.

And since I’ve decided that coding in PHP is truly a degrading experience, I’ll hopefully spend more time writing on it than fiddling with it (which is pretty much what I did before). A not entirely unrelated issue is still, and probably will be for a long time, what to do with the old andcurve site. It’s an archive, even if I now dislike a lot of what is there, it’s nice to keep it about in some form.

Here’s to a new start.