Tuesday, September 11, 2007

What to do with anonymous comments

A lack of blogging action over the last few days. Apologies for that.

The September edition of our magazine is complete. Just a few days until it is distributed to readers...

Some housekeeping and a check with readers:

We are becoming a bit concerned about the number of anonymous commenters on the blog over the course of the summer.

Indeed, we recently discovered that a constructive yet rather malicious comment on the blog had been posted - anonymously, of course - by someone from one of the other B2B travel publications in the UK.

We have no issue at all with criticism being made against the blog and our style, or readers disagreeing with the opinions contained here.

But it occurs to us that genuine debate, rather than cowardly point scoring, is what has made the Travolution Blog one of the most popular travel industry blogs on the web.

So let's try and keep it that way.

We have been forced to activate Comment Moderation on only a number of occasions since the Travolution Blog became successful in early-2006.

Unsurprisingly it often stifles debate - but it does allow us to screen comments. We really do not want to turn it back on.

Please let us know what you think...

Ironically it is the same issue some independent review websites are faced with.

Kevin May, editor, Travolution

8 comments:

Rishi Lakhani said...

Its always a difficult situation - you just need to run through some major blogs such as Matt Cutts' to see that there are a lot of unprofessional people out there.

As a new comer to your blog, I cant say that I have seen such on your site - but a lot of people are turning to pre registeration before you blog.

Because you use Blogger this is harder to do, but if you made use of WP, there are some excellent functions on there that may help weed out ill comments.

Travolution Blogger said...

Rishi: Thanks for your comments. We will indeed be making some pretty fundamental changes in the coming months which will help us.

Mouse said...

I am the mouse who lives at Anon

http://www.onanon.co.uk/

Why aren't I allowed to comment?

Travolution Blogger said...

Mouse: very good. :-)

Darren said...

Even if you turned moderation on Kev, wouldn't people still be able to give anon names?

Unless of course you only allowed people with Google/Blogger accounts and then the number of comments I suspect would drop.

Travolution Blogger said...

Darren: Yes, we know. For the time being we'll leave it off.

Anonymous said...
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Travolution Blogger said...

Anonymous 26/10/07: Cease commenting immediately.

Inappropriate, extremely libellous, no evidence, take your accusations to the police.