Seth Godin, marketing guru, doesn't allow comments on his blog. So, is his blog really a blog?
I can understand his reluctant to allow a conversation to develop on his site (I've had my share of trolls and nasty comments on Hacking Netflix), but I think it becomes a one-sided lecture instead of a discussion. But with his traffic I imagine that he would need a staff to manage all of the comments.
Do all blogs have to allow comments? Comments are a lot of work, and if they are not managed they could reflect poorly on a company blog or the blog of a celebrity, such as Mr. Godin.
Should comments be edited, deleted or moderated? For the longest time I held the belief that unless they promoted something that was illegal or were racist, they would stay up. I wound up deleting a few comments (out of more than 20,000) and actually blocking two people from Hacking Netflix. Then I added the TypeKey system and things calmed down a bit. I did turn off TypeKey for one big story (Comments on the Netflix Throttling Story) because of the huge number of visitors and the chance for Netflix to see what people thought. There were more then 450 comments on that single post, and most of them were people upset about the policy.
Will I ever have a blog without comments? I like the interaction and most of the discussion, so I'll keep 'em for now.