Thinking of disabling comments…

Lately I have been thinking more and more about disabling comments by default unless otherwise specified.  Most of the posts that I make on the site could go without comments, unless it is one of the various tech posts that I make and people have questions on the code.  Acting as kind of a test, what do you think about comments?  Are they really needed these days? Do you use them on your site(s)?

  • http://chuckreynolds.us/ Chuck Reynolds

    We already did on one of the company sites. I’m leaving a post here but… my thought now is provide a link to our G+ profile status about the blog post they’re reading.. and they can carry the convo there.
    See this idea I had too: https://twitter.com/ChuckReynolds/status/497136108170248192

    • http://www.fauxzen.com/ Shelby DeNike

      The idea of leaving a link to G+ or something is a great idea. I disabled comments a while ago on sd3labs, but have been debating doing so on a personal blog.

      • http://chuckreynolds.us/ Chuck Reynolds

        for clients recently I’ve been using this plugin to help https://wordpress.org/plugins/disable-comments/

        • http://www.fauxzen.com/ Shelby DeNike

          Thanks for the plugin link, if I decide to get rid of the comments that should work great.

  • Benny Vasquez

    I keep them on most of the time, with an auto-disable when the post is a month old. That way if folks want to post, they can, but there’s no reviving old stuff for no reason.

    • http://www.fauxzen.com/ Shelby DeNike

      Maybe I will switch to that method, though going back to some of the technical posts I make people randomly find them months and months later and inquire about them.

      • Benny Vasquez

        Yeah, on encylia I think I have it set to 8 months or a year or something. Long enough that if there are questions folks have a chance to ask about them.

        • http://www.fauxzen.com/ Shelby DeNike

          I might have to kick around some time spans to get an idea of what would be the most optimal based on updates to scripts/software etc to make sure it allows enough time for people to comment on the semi-useful posts I make once in a blue moon heh