About a year ago, it was a really big deal for a website to shut down its “comments” section. (See Copyblogger and PopSci.)
The logic behind the decision was simple: you are too stupid to write anything helpful or productive.
(And those editors were right, by the way. I was inspired.)
The comments section on my last two websites, Punk Rock HR and The Cynical Girl, had turned into cesspools of filth and stupidity. I had to create filters to keep out derogatory, racist and sexist words. Sometimes the filters weren’t enough.
– The personal comments about my appearance?
– The intimate comments from readers who were too attached and were struggling with personal issues in the real world?
Nobody has time for that bullshit.
That’s why I shut down my comments and haven’t looked back.
Well, okay, that’s a lie.
I think my personal writing is better when I communicate with someone. And people are clogging up the LinkedIn publishing platform because it allows them to express a point-of-view on an interactive platform. I’m not ready to concede your traffic to a soulless bureaucracy that repurposes your data. That’s my job!
So I’m turning the comments back on.
And I missed you. Sorta.
That being said: if you think you can come to my website and act like a bully or a pervert, you have another thing coming. If you threaten or demean anyone on this website, or if you pester me in any way that is shadowy or unreserved, I reserve the right to show up at your house — with or without a baseball bat in my hand and/or a law enforcement official — and have a conversation with your spouse and children.
I have some history with this path. Don’t fucking tempt me.
WELCOME BACK, FRIENDS.
I think so. I’m not sure. Welcome back, love!
Welcome back comments!
Welcome back, welcome back, welcome back.
Wow…the comment section must have gotten BAD. I had no idea…thanks for bringing it back though! I learn a lot through the comments as well as the articles.
That’s great to read. Thank you.
Oh, you should of pulled an Andrew Sullivan and banned comments and force people to email you.
That seems like a lot of work. I already get a ton of email.
Yay you. Yay comments!
Here’s my comment: why isn’t the masthead for your new blogsite “LFR” instead of “LR”?
LFR is what my friends call me. 🙂
I like gay chicken!
You are gay chicken.
Ah, that’s better. I used the little heart button whenever I wanted to provide at least some sort of feedback, but it left something to be desired as a true medium of communication. However, I don’t plan to comment much unless I have something productive or profound to add. Don’t expect a lot. LOL
I don’t expect anything! Perfect.
I love your ways, Laurie Ruettimann.
+1. Approved. That’s the way to do a comment. Praise the writer. 😉
It’s like you read my mind! I so wanted to thank you for mentioning The Hard Way On Purpose yesterday and the shout out to Akron, but there was no way to say it! So, Thank You:)
Just saying Hi 😉
Work. Life. Cats. Baseball Bats.
I mean, it might be worth considering.
Now, all is right with the world again. 🙂
This actually makes my week.
I have this love/hate relationship with comments. I think it can be a really cool way to interact with a group of like-minded people and get more out of an article or post than an initial read might provide.
But I hate the trollish behavior, or the proverbial haters, or the Negative Nellies that criticize anything and everything. I mean, see the Corporette comments sometimes, or pretty much any article on a traditional news outlet’s website, or your local news forums.
I’m glad you’ve brought them back, LFR. Maybe we should burn some sage next to the server and keep a little voo-doo doll for the crazy.
Woohoo. I’ve been waiting to tell you’re wrong as I say sexist things about you.
Who are the two best HR bloggers? (This is a question meant for one of your previous posts, but there wasn’t a comment section)
You’re a SAINT for dealing with all of us. Hi. 🙂