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Tuesday, March 21, 2006
 
Comments and community : reprise ::

Back in July I posted a rant about "comments". Now I've come across a fine and sensible discussion of the issues by Jeremy Keith of Adactio called "Comments on community". Jeremy rehearses the simple fact that most comments are rubbish and that the bigger the audience the worse the rubbish to noise ratio (so happily Sansblogue is read by so few that I escape this rule and a high proportion of comments are really helpful!) He also notes the value of "conversation" (and even perhaps "community"?) but feels that:
The difficulty then is keeping track of these conversations. Trackback would be a good option but it relies on a certain level of techiness on the part of the responder and again, the issue of spam raises its ugly head. These days, it should be possible to replace trackback with search using third-party tools like Technorati and Google Blog Search. Expect to see that kind of functionality built in to more and more blogging tools.
The trouble is, this functionality is "not yet". So he will probably never know that I have commented on his post... shame his blog has comments disabled!
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