Illinois Real Estate Blog Commenting
Today, I decided to reverse a decision I made years ago and allow comments on my Illinois real estate news blog. When I created this blog back something like 5 years ago, I initially encouraged comments from visitors. I was very much into the Web 2.0 concept of providing a user-oriented site with ways for visitors to interact with content. What resulted was perhaps 2 years of dozens of daily spam comments from bots and other garbage that I didn’t want on my site. I think I ended up approving 1 comment and deleting several thousand. Based on this experience, I closed down comments on all of my blogs and blog posts. This had the unfortunate side effect of really limiting the community involvement of my site.
Based on this, you might wonder why I’m now enabling comments again. First, I am doing this on a trial basis. If I don’t get any community involvement and just get a bunch of spammy comment garbage and bots, I will once again clamp down. However, I really do want to foster discussion on my blog. I participate in several other communities of real estate bloggers with often lively discussions and I have the desire to foster the same types of discussion here. Second, there are some much more useful tools that have been developed to combat comment spam. Askimet and similar spam captcha programs has made me want to try again.
Lastly, perhaps the biggest reason I’m trying this again is the Disqus platform that I will be using on this blog on a trial basis. I’ve been researching comment plugins and initially tried to develop my own solution. But the Disqus system just offers so much more flexibility that I’m going to give it a try. Disqus will allow users to sign in with a facebook username and password as well as many other social networking usernames and post comments to my blog. It also offers a facebook-style “Like” system that is hard to duplicate on my own. I still worry about spam and other unwanted comments on my blog so I will honestly have to work hard and moderate everythig ruthlessly. But in the end, everything worthwhile takes time and energy and at this point, I’m willing to put more work in to foster a better community product. I hope you enjoy what I’ve created and will feel free to comment on posts that interest you.