Great, another night of cannot-sleep. I’ve decided to publish a number of the posts I have drafts for, without applying too much perfectionism. Here’s the first. For the record, for Religion posts, I’m leaning all the more in the direction of “disable comments”, or filtering comments heavily, allowing only those that I deem valuable. I’m just too friggen tired of trying to get people to understand what I’m trying to do, too tired of trying to get people to help instead of sabotage. I’m just going to do it, suppressing counter-productive criticism and debate. It’s a fscking waste of time. (fsck is the file-system check tool in Linux. Prior to journalling filesystems, it made post-power-failure system booting waste lots and lots of time. Think “scandisk”, maybe?)
I’m still battling with what I want to do with the comments, both right now, and in the future when the vapourware “mengelmoes” is available to do all sorts of nifty things. One thing I realise is that things need to change. (Maybe I’m the thing that needs to change.) I need to find better balance in order to escape the self-destructing loop I so often end up in. I quite clearly lack some balance.
For the near future, I see these possibilities:
- Declare a hiatus for the next few weeks. This will help me get my work done. Frivolous comment-debates won’t influence me, as there will be none. There is much I want to blog about though, so I will probably build up a nice queue of posts that can be scheduled for the future – maybe this could help with the four-week holiday I’m taking from Easter.
- Disable comments for the time being. This way I can continue blogging without having to deal with frivolous comment-debates. Comments/discussions can still take place to some degree on Facebook (yuck) if people want to discuss or give feedback. The advantage is that the people that are able to comment is limited, or can be limited, to the people that I have linked to.
- Only allow constructive on-topic comments that make a valuable contribution. Seems icky, eh? Other comments can be placed in purgatory (the moderation queue) to be dealt with once mengelmoes exists.
- Personally ignore destructive comments. Here’s the first “fix my own ways” option: simply ignore the stuff I’m unable to personally deal with in the next few weeks.
- Get out more. With more social interaction to “recharge”, I should be able to better handle the bleak warzone that my blog’s comments all too often becomes.
- Any other ideas?
I’d like to hear from as many of the “silent” readers of this blog as possible. I especially want to hear what typically discourages you from commenting, and what “environment” you’d like in order to more actively participate. E.g: A short-term idea: possibly the language, should I encourage Afrikaans more? A long-term pipe dream: would dividing commenters into by-invitation communities allow/enable you to have discussions with friends? Other comments will also be available in a “public area”, possibly creatively named something like “The Tavern”, a place where all the brawling can take place.
Please chip in! Even if you’ve never commented before. Even if you only comment “I only read, and am unlikely to comment no matter what the commenting environment looks like.”
Excessively verbose off-topic comments will be dealt with creatively.