Unfortunatly forums seem to get as much if not more spam than blogs, turning it off isnt the answer, using things like capchas can help.]]>
Torill - No argument there! I don’t think that closing blog comments = no reader interaction… after all, regular readers can still send you email, or you can use general message boards and forums when you have those kinds of questions. That was really my point - not that comments are too valuable to give up, but that topical forums are a reasonable substitute, and perhaps it would be nice for us digital art / games bloggers to use one, rather than me posting “wouldn’t it be neat if…?” questions on a blog.
P.S. We currently only get 3-4 spam a day, so we just deal with them manually. If that changed, we might consider following in your footsteps.]]>
I am aware of the problem with questions. I see that this is one of the changes that my writing will have to go through: I can’t ask questions like that if I don’t give people a chance to reply. It is part of the investigation. But for me to not use comments does not mean the rest of the world needs to drop them. Unlike Mark, I don’t think comments are bad for blogs. I only think they are wrong for my blog at the moment.]]>