Sometimes people find a post I wrote months or even years ago, and decide to join a discussion or start one up. I don’t mind this at all unless the comment is deliberately confrontational, in which case I simply ignore the remark. Also, some of my older posts are linked to items which are no longer available (for instance on BBC iPlayer) so the post is now outdated. I’ve moved on. Not all blog posts are everlasting, after all.
Like many other bloggers, I moderate all comments here, (this allows me to bin any obvious spam which manages to slip through WordPress’s spamguard) so, unless I’m in a mood for a spot of heated debate (highly unlikely), if a reader shows up obviously looking for an argument (why??) I press the delete button.
Sometimes people leave extremely long comments, almost whole blogposts, and I tend to delete those too, or edit them. After all, really wordy comments make it harder for everyone to move down the thread (it’s annoying!) and I just think that there’s nothing to stop people from starting their own blog or posting there, if they feel a topic warrants a long essay. In my opinion, the ability to manage comments is one of the advantages of a blog over a Facebook page (comments can be deleted there, too, of course, after they’ve appeared, and whole threads can be deleted if necessary). Staying in charge of your own small corner of the internet means at least you’re in control of something!
Most people who comment here regularly have become friends, either in real life or over the internet, and there are no regular readers (I don’t think!) who I’ve excessively moderated. I do wonder what confrontational commentators motives are – but not enough to actually ask them (perhaps that’s my loss).
I’m curious to know what other people’s experiences are. Do you set any rules? Do you have ‘comments policy’? Feel free to leave your thoughts here – I promise not to be over-zealous with my moderation!