Speaking of comments, the comments for the sidebar are not working for me at the moment. Is it just me, or what?
No, on the sidebar there are still technical problems going on from the move last week involving comment spam and other backend link issues. That will be solved, I hope, in the next few days.
Here, however, the default state is -- for now -- open and unmoderated comments.
Comment Spam is something that, at last, MovableType acknowledged as a major issue and has gone to work on with a fix promised real soon now.
This in the last 24 hours.
For real up to date coverage of this see Photodude
Apparently the ethereal Seth neither eats, sleeps, nor braves the elements, since his lists don't include such red-state skills as cook dinner, make the bed, or wash your clothes. Are all our thinkers being raised by wolves these days?
"Blogs are only interactive to the extent that 'comments' are turned on. They have no other interactivity available."
Forgotten about email and trackbacks have you? I don't know who this Seth guy is or if he ever responds to his email, but it seems a legitimate way to have some control over the content of a blog but still remain "interactive". Since he has enabled trackbacks the interactivity spans the blogosphere rather than being limited to a single post.
No, Jack, I have not "forgotten" about trackbacks and email, thank you.
But those, you understand, go through the filter of the blog owner who gets to decide what to respond to and what to recognize. He is, in that case, something that can be more than a filter. He is, indeed, a censor.
Comments go on and off on this blog based on whether or not it is under attack by comment spam. That is the ONLY reason.
Comments can be made to disappear if they are so vile or violent that they have no place here. Other than that, they are retained live as much as I possibly can simply because it is "interactive" and enables commenters to interact with each other.
To say that email and trackbacks = interactivity only means that you can interact with me and I can choose what to bring back to the attention of others. Sort of a buzzkill under the best of circumstances.
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