A blog post by one of the students in Jeff Cohen’s Independent Media class at Ithaca College, to which I linked this morning, has led The Lonely Conservative to argue that my comment moderation policy contributes to the content of the blog:
Since Professor Jacobson’s niche is really a unique and organized opinion on politics, open comments really diminish the content. In communication, interference is the most common way messages are not received. Comments that do not provide a value-added benefit to Jacobson’s post could dramatically hurt his content. If everyone were sabotaging each other’s comments section, no one would bother reading political blogs, thus no one would bother writing a political blog.
I know we have touched on this before.
Opening up the comments using software such as Intense Debate would make for more real time and interactive commenting, and relieve me of the burden of putting through comments, but also might turn the comment section into a food fight (trolls will be blocked, but that often is a losing after-the-fact battle).