I can’t say enough swell things about the brand-spanking new way Blogger is handling blog comments. For those of you without blogs or unfamiliar with how it operates, allow me to turn on the overhead projector (click to embiggen):
Blogger has created a new tab especially for comments, which separates the reasonable, cogent observations from the intelligent people who read TDOY from those individuals who are apparently concerned about the size of my penis. Or where I can obtain payday loans. Or
A long time ago, I had a pretty liberal policy regarding comments because I really do enjoy hearing from readers, be it on agreement or an opposing viewpoint—but the spambots have sort of nipped that in the bud. Last week, I eliminated the option to allow people to post anonymous comments in an effort to further reduce the spam content and I’m happy to report that it’s worked—but I still feel guilty about doing this, because the main reason I allowed anonymous comments aside from not wanting to stifle debate was that some individuals had a tendency to forget the password to their Google account (not that I’m chastising; I’ve forgotten more passwords than Carter has little liver pills). The familiar story regarding programs and applications is that updates usually end up annoying the people who use them by making too many changes (anyone with a passing familiarity with Facebook knows whereof I speak) but in the case of Blogger Comments 2.0, they’ve done good.
*I made this up. Please don’t click on it.