Enabling Open Comments for All | PF Blog Suggestion

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In summary, the conversation suggests setting up the site to allow anyone to leave comments, reserving the registration feature for blog-contributors only. This would open up discussions to everyone and potentially increase traffic and excitement on the site. However, concerns about spam are raised and possible solutions, such as Akismet, are mentioned. The speaker also expresses hesitation due to potential technical issues.
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Can (or 'should') we set it up so that anyone visiting the site can leave a comment rather than registered members only? And then perhaps reserve the registration feature to blog-contributors only. That way, we can have a hand-picked group of writers and we open up the discussions to everyone and hopefully generate some more excitement & traffic to the site.

Comments/discussions are key to the success of any blog and right now we have nothing there.
 
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Phobos said:
Can (or 'should') we set it up so that anyone visiting the site can leave a comment rather than registered members only? And then perhaps reserve the registration feature to blog-contributors only. That way, we can have a hand-picked group of writers and we open up the discussions to everyone and hopefully generate some more excitement & traffic to the site.

Comments/discussions are key to the success of any blog and right now we have nothing there.

Unfortunately blogging systems are heavily targeted by spammers. Physics Post has open commenting and it receives hundreds of spam comments a week and gotten to the point where a couple years ago I stopped looking, so now none get approved.
 
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Greg Bernhardt said:
Unfortunately blogging systems are heavily targeted by spammers. Physics Post has open commenting and it receives hundreds of spam comments a week and gotten to the point where a couple years ago I stopped looking, so now none get approved.

There are of course excellent for fighting spam for a wordpress blog, including Akismet.
 
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Mattara said:
There are of course excellent for fighting spam for a wordpress blog, including Akismet.

I've looked at that. Haven't updated to 2.0 which it requires. I'm nervous the latex hack won't work. Will continue to investigate.
 

Related to Enabling Open Comments for All | PF Blog Suggestion

1. What is the purpose of enabling open comments for all on a blog?

Enabling open comments for all on a blog allows for a more interactive and engaging experience for readers. It allows them to share their thoughts, ask questions, and engage in discussions with the author and other readers.

2. How does enabling open comments for all benefit the blog author?

Enabling open comments for all can benefit the blog author in several ways. It can increase the overall traffic and engagement on the blog, as well as provide valuable feedback and insights from readers. It also allows the author to build a community and establish a stronger connection with their audience.

3. Are there any potential drawbacks to enabling open comments for all?

Yes, there can be potential drawbacks to enabling open comments for all. It can lead to spam comments or negative comments that may need to be moderated. It can also take up more time and resources to monitor and respond to comments. Additionally, there is a risk of trolls or inappropriate comments, which can reflect poorly on the blog and its author.

4. How can the blog author manage and moderate open comments effectively?

To manage and moderate open comments effectively, the blog author can set clear guidelines and rules for commenting, as well as use comment moderation tools. They can also regularly monitor and respond to comments, and have a system in place for addressing any inappropriate or spam comments.

5. Are there any best practices for enabling open comments for all?

Yes, there are a few best practices for enabling open comments for all on a blog. These include setting clear guidelines and rules for commenting, responding to comments in a timely manner, fostering a respectful and inclusive community, and regularly moderating and monitoring comments. It can also be beneficial to engage with readers and encourage discussions in the comments section.

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