Monday, July 14, 2014 | 39There seems to be a recent trend among content creators on the internet of removing public feedback opportunities. Their variable explanations as to why they remove comments and ratings often express that the majority of content consumers don't comment or provide feedback, but there is really only one reason to close the door on discourse.
"Because they're gigantic pussies." -Trolls
Feedback is an integral part of blogging. If you write nonsense in a vacuum with nobody to keep you in check, you could be spreading bullshit and lies to your readers, and they won't even realize it. This is exactly how the anti-vaccination movement got started.
Honestly, what's the worst thing that could happen when you allow someone to critique what you're saying? You might get your feelings hurt? Tough it out. If you can't stand by what you're saying under the scrutiny of internet trolls, you probably shouldn't be using the internet at all.
Excuses Breakdown:Here are some bad reasons to not have comment sections:
Most readers don't comment!
Well, guess what! If people aren't commenting, they probably don't have strong feelings about what you wrote. This could mean that what you wrote is boring and pointless, but you wouldn't know because there isn't anyone telling you.
They can comment on twitter!
Awesome job again! Everyone has a twitter account and wants to be limited on characters while they systematically dismantle the arguments you made in your article!
I don't want to moderate inappropriate content!
It's the internet, and unless it's their first day they absolutely won't be affected by the strange pro-abortion sidebar that is taking place in your comments section. They probably won't read it at all unless they're planning to comment themselves. Either way, stop being a censor, you fucking socialist!
Anonymity on the internet is bad!
Are you an agent for Google? I feel like Anonymity is what allows individuals on the internet to thrive. You shouldn't have to give your home address to tell someone that their views on pool cleaning are dangerous and wrong.
Demand Comment Sections!Any website with marginally controversial topics should be required, by law, to have a comments section. This includes government and public utility websites, as well as cable and phone service provider websites. The entertainment provided far outweighs any negative impact this might have. Wouldn't you love to get on AT&T's website and call them scurvy wretches? Yes.
The internet demands tears as tribute, and we definitely owe it one... because porn. You're welcome, internet.