Monday, July 18, 2011

Anonymous Commenters

A few months ago I was faced with a tough decision, if I should continue to allow anonymous comments on my blog. I really enjoy hearing people's honest opinions and many family and friends that read my blog don't have accounts they can use to comment, so they relied on the anonymous/name feature. I received some constructive anonymous comments in the past that I was fine with (and I encourage people to continue).

Then I began being stalked by an anonymous commenter, also referred to in the blogging world as a "troll." It got to the point where every time I signed into my account there was some immature, angry comment waiting to be moderated. Many were poorly written and spelled. What was really creepy was that they were composed at strange times like 3am on a Tuesday night. The comments never made be mad, but they were just dumb and annoying.

Anyway, I decided NOT allow anonymous comments on my blog anymore. At first I was worried it would lessen the number of comments/feedback I received, but it hasn't. It forced me to open myself up more to the blogging world (by reading/commenting on others' blogs). I ended up finding all these great blogs and bloggers. People actually respond to your comments and return comments on my blog or by e-mail! I feel like that decision led me to finding a great community. Do you allow anonymous comments on your blog? Why or why not? 

10 comments:

  1. I have never had problems with anonymous commenters, but if they annoy and upset you, I think you should block them! After all, it's your blog and it's supposed to make you happy!

    Ana

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  2. I haven't had any problems with it yet, but if I was having the problems you are... then I wouldn't allow them for a second. I think that was a good call.

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  3. I don't allow them on my blog. On my former blog, I had one angry commenter who was always anonymous. I welcome everyone's opinion, but not at the expense of my fear of being true to myself when I write because I was afraid of what this person would say next.

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  4. Amanda-That's exactly what started to happen. Every time I would write something I felt like I needed to defend/explain myself. Forget it, this is my space to express myself!

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  5. I had issues too, just hateful comments about our choice to use NFP. I wasn't slandering anyone else, but like you got tired of defending myself. So I put the comment moderation feature on too.

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  6. I think I let them on my blog. I have the spam filter set so that when it's obviously a fake person leaving random links it doesn't get posted and gets sent right to spam. All people go through moderation on their first comment, so if I approve it, all the rest of theirs will go through with no problem. Haven't had any trolls yet, thankfully!

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  7. I haven't had any issues with those darn trolls yet:-) Just a couple spammy ones that get sent straight to the spam file. I've seen some pretty intense and ridiculous anonymous comments on other blogs though: so annoying! xoxo

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  8. I normally don't have a problem with anonymous comments....I've heard of other people that do though

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  9. I for one do allow them, because I think they always make me laugh, especially the so called "mean" ones. I just think of how pathetic the "anonymous" person is who is too scared to show who he really is. They humor me :)

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  10. Luckily I haven't gotten any yet, but I think you did the right thing. I understand your concern about relatives that don't have an account and have to comment under annonymous, but I think they will understand too.

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