Commenting policy

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26 April 2010 Commenting policy

Since moving from a server-side blogging system to a statically generated site I've struggled with blog comments. I've tried Disqus and I've tried Intense Debate; I preferred the latter by far but neither really felt right. They were clunky, they slowed down page response times and integrating them into the site's design was more hassle than it was worth.

A couple of months ago, I decided to just remove comments from my blog entirely. It was something I had thought about for a while, ever since I read my former FreeRange colleague James Adam own thoughts on blog comments.

I'm still torn on the subject; I like not having to manage a commenting system and I encourage the idea that your own blog is a better platform for your thoughts and feedback on what somebody else has written.

That said, I still like to get feedback on my posts, particularly posts about my open source code where the feedback can be particularly useful in driving a project forward and I'm still not sure what the best solution for that is outside of blog comments.

For the meantime, I will be keeping comments off of the site. If you want to send me a message about one of my posts, feel free to send me a message on Twitter. If you want to leave detailed feedback, criticism, praise or discussion of one of my posts, write your own blog post and send me the link so I can read it.