Today, Colin Moock announced his decision to disable comments on his blog. Why? The more and more ubiquitous commercially motivated vandalism we call "blog comment spam".
When we publish a blog, we take responsibility for our part of the internet. We put aside anonymity for the sake of our community and our place in that community. We invite people to join us, and comment. In fact, a blogger is happiest when a post sparks a long discussion in the comments, or even picks up on other blogs and forums.
We do NOT invite peddlers of illicit products (often illegal products) to abuse our good reputations and our community, for any reason.
Supposedly these trolls and pros (vandals, really) do this to get higher ranking in search engines. If this is true, then search engines will respond and blogs won't have the same weight. This would be a shame, because some of the most interesting content on the internet exists in the comment system of blogs.
While reading the anti-spam blog, an idea popped into my head. The mark-up for blogs and comments is all dynamically generated, so it should be easy to insert a standard tag that flags text as a "comment"? Then let the search engines do their magic and determine the weight of any links in that block of text. If search engines and blog system developers join forces, this problem could be solved without gagging honest communication.
This problem is bigger than a few hacks to MT can handle. We need to join forces, get creative, and come up with some big ideas for handling this problem and foster the growth of community at the same time.
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