For the last three months, I’ve played mental ping pong on whether to use comments on the site. I reached out to other sites, both similar to SSM and not, to get their thoughts on the matter. (And a special thank you to everyone who contributed to the awesome email discussion. It was an incredible help.) Ultimately, I decided to leave commenting on as a function of the site.
While we do receive spam comments, or comments that don’t add to the posts in question (like we need to know how to make $300 per day doing nothing) I think the measures we have in place take care of the majority of those issues. Outside of that, I think readers should have the choice if they want to comment on what appears on Stepping Stones. It’s that ability to interact with the site and with each other if they choose, that adds another layer to the site. It’s also okay if such interaction doesn’t happen. Many visitors stop by for a quick read and then move on with their day. We’re okay with that. In the end, if readers are able to take away something positive from the content they read, then the writers achieved their goals.
What are your thoughts on comments? Are they good to have? A distraction? Feel free to, well, leave a comment.
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