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Sunday, March 13, 2005

Mr. M screws up

No more comments on this blog, folks. I only want to hear from friends, and if you're my friend, you have my email already.
— Mr. M. Brooklyn, New York (A First-Year Teacher's Online Journal)

It's one thing to simply realize that allowing comments would not be a good idea (like on Googleblog) but killing comment posting on personal blogs sends a terrible message to readers. That message is "I don't want to hear what you have to say." To which my response is "If you don't want to hear what I have to say, I don't want to hear what you have to say."

It is especially ironic that a teacher would disable commenting — does he run his classes the same way? If I were in his class, I'd certantly stop listening to what he had to say if he never listened to what I had to say.

Of course, there isn't any way to "approve" the comments before they get posted when using Blogger, so people could post personal details about you, etc. Comment review is is a feature blogger should think about, right after they get a decent spell checker.

So, I'm deleting my bookmarks and I'll never read Mr. M's journal again. Hopefully, everyone else will do the same, and he'll end up talking to himself — exactly what he deserves for shutting out the feedback of the community.