There are few others whose reasoned and considered opinion I value more than David Carlton’s, so his sympathetic response to my argument on the CDC podcast about blog comments is heartwarming. Here’s his extension of my own logic, elaborated somewhat better than I could do in the actual podcast itself:
As a blog author, you may prefer some sorts of response to others. And, to some extent, this is in your control. If you want responses on Facebook or Buzz, you’ll forward your posts there; if you don’t, you won’t. (Not that you can prevent other people from linking to your posts in those fora, of course.) If you want responses on your own blog, you’ll have it open for comments; if you don’t, you won’t.
It strikes me as entirely reasonable to value and hence want to actively encourage some of these forms of discussions more than others. Roger Travis, for example, has decided that he finds Buzz discussions more useful than comments on his blog posts, so he’s turned off comments on his blog posts and encouraged people to comment on Buzz.
I confess, I had no idea Roger Travis prohibited comments on his blog, instead directing discussion onto Buzz. I think that’s absolutely brilliant, and somewhat hilarious that his decision has been so non-controversial while mine seems to remain so (especially since there are heaps of people that don’t even use buzz). I am willing to bear my ‘no comment’ cross, however (heh), if it gets people thinking about the ways the internet (technology) structures associations.