Comments and community
While I've been away enjoying the SBL International in Singapore, it seems several bibliobloggers have been reduced to turning comments off, because of aggressive commenting (by one individual?). This is really sad, and I think Jim West misses the point in his response
to some (somewhat aggressive ;) comments from Ken Ristau
Yes, you could "discuss" something I've said by emailing me, yes an email discussion server would allow us to do this with a group of others, but a blog without comments is a bit like a webpage. That is something of it's blogginess has been removed. (And no, Jim, I don't find opening my email client, cutting, pasting and then editing "jwest "at" highland "dot" net
" into and email address, and then commenting to you, is quite as easy and natural a way to participate in a community of conversation.
But, I also quite understand why you have had to turn comments off. When someone is sufficiently antisocial they can disrupt a community. Sad, but true...
And blogging, if it has any more value than keeping an online diary, has that value in the "community" it creates.