Ronald Huereca of the Readers Appreciation Project brought up a point in which I haven’t thought about before and that is when to turn off comments. In his post, Ronald mentions that it is probably a good idea to turn off comments when:
- You’re on vacation
- You’re done with blogging
- You’d rather concentrate on writing
- You don’t ever respond
- You don’t ever have time
- Legal Issues
I’d like to add on to this list with a few of my own.
- Spam filter doesn’t work
- Receiving hateful comments on a regular basis
Personally, the way I have Akismet set up on my WordPress blog, I don’t think I’ll ever have to worry about a ton of spam getting through. However, I would much rather have the commenting system disabled on my blog rather than coming back from vacation to 100 or so comments that are within the moderation queue.
Have you ever disabled comments either on a post or your entire blog? If so, what brought about the change? Also, if you have any more suggestions to add to the list of when comments should be disabled, be sure to add them in the comments.