Blog Censorship What is your personal comment moderation policy on your blog or website? Do you trim the comments to the most relevant or do you allow anything to be posted (even short comment spam)? I guess most people have their own personal rules when it comes to figuring out what to let through and what to delete or mark as spam.

I started thinking about this topic earlier today after deleting some nasty comments off one my other blogs. The commenter was being an ass so I decided to change the policy and delete anything that’s rude or useless.

This was also helped by what I read in the comments of a TechCrunch post today. There were more personal attacks on there than I’m used to seeing and it sort of ruined the discussion (which is often insightful).

It’s a fine line between allowing free speech and making sure that your blog doesn’t end up being perceived as too negative or useless. YouTube is probably the best example of a comment system that’s so filled with crap that it’s become almost completely useless. Digg is a good example of a mix. A lot of comments on there are really intelligent but a lot of them also make YouTube look like Masterpiece Theater. I can’t think of any sites that are the other extreme – where the comments are always quality – maybe Copyblogger or SEOmoz.

Also, it’s good to keep in mind the legal issues. This post on blogger law (see #7) recommends having a privacy policy and a terms of use page to let people know that you reserve the right to edit, modify, or delete comments. It claims that by default, you do not have the right to “edit” a post, although I’m sure deleting them is always fine. If there are any intellectual property attorneys out there, maybe you can help us out here.

So, are you a comment nazi or a comment hippie?

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