Isn`t Inviting Comments Inviting Trouble? - Inviting Discussion
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Though negative and spiteful comments can be highly discouraging, and spam can be a very tiring nuisance, donít forget that there can be a positive side to comments as well.
There may be spam at times, and there may be trouble at times, but comments do have their uses for any content-driven site. Some users genuinely want to comment that they enjoy what theyíve read, while others may truly offer constructive criticism designed to improve the quality of the content they see. While inviting comments may be inviting a lot of troublesome drawbacks to your site, youíre also inviting and encouraging user discussion and interaction -- two huge concepts in todayís online experience.
Comments can be a great feature for any blog or site. If you want yours to have this element as an offering for the truly interested and interactive traffic out there, donít worry about inviting trouble. Think instead of what you can do to avoid it, even in comments on your content.
You donít have to suffer spam, spite and other inappropriate comments on your site. There are ways to circumvent content comments even when you illicit them. Make use of spam filters and other tools that stop spambots before they get started on your archives. Add verification to your comment section, making it impossible for anyone but a live human to leave their thoughts on your content.
Many tools designed to ward off spam are free and very easy to use on many different Web sites and blogs. Theyíre out there for your use in improving your site, so take advantage of them. Itís also a good idea to regularly check comments, weeding out those of an inappropriate or offensive nature before they can create bigger problems on your pages.
When you open the door for public discussion and start inviting comments on your content, you will be opening the door for other negatives as well. Unfortunately, you canít have one without the other, but you can spend some time monitoring comments and using features that cut down on spam and other, page-clogging garbage.
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