Comments: To Moderate or Not To Moderate?

Anyone can comment on any blog post on Handshake 2.0 at any time.

The comments are not moderated.  I don't read your words first and decide whether or not they have merit before posting them.

To me, moderated comments offer an unspoken message:  "Yes, a blog is a conversation, and yes, you can participate.  But only if I can control what you say."

In a relationship? That's a deal-breaker.

To paraphrase a statement attributed to Voltaire, Handshake 2.0 might not agree with your comment, but we'll defend your right to post it.

What's the worst thing that can happen with unmoderated comments?  Vitriol?  The founder of Handshake 2.0 is almost 50.  1) Been there, done that.  2) We might learn something.

That said, we get an e-mail every time a comment is posted.  If your comment says something crummy about someone near and dear to Blog Diva's heart, we'll click "Delete."  Blog Diva doesn't go for profanity, either.

So I'm not going to delete the comment received today on this post.  In fact, I'll show you the text of the notification we receive from TypePad when a comment is posted.

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Commenter name: shiva
Commenter email: [email protected]
Commenter URL: http://www.back2office.com
IP address: 202.63.162.90

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How I felt when I saw this comment?  Sort of amused, sort of sad. 

Best wishes to "shiva."

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