One of the reasons I love to blog is how it enables intelligent discussion. The blogger throws out some ideas, and if the post gets enough attention, the post will have some discussions generated in the form of "comments". Sometimes people who send their comments are clear, concise, and convincing. Even if the blogger doesn't change his mind about the idea on which he posted, perhaps he'll better understand a different point of view. Best yet, future Internet users my find the post and comments useful results from an Internet content search. Unfortunately, there are a few factors which can limit the usefulness of the blog post/comments.
A concept called "comment spam" is both aggravating and annoying. A few years ago, I had a blog that was running along very smoothly until one day I noticed that I'd received some 200 comments attached to various posts. After peeking at a few of them, I soon realized that they were all just generic comments such as "I like it!" or other random text that didn't make any sense. Each one had a link to a typical spam web site advertising a dating service, generic Viagra, mortgagees, etc. Fortunately, I was able to quickly remove all of them programmatically, but a dilemma was created: On the one side, I like to keep my blog posts open to comments, but I don't blog so that people can advertise bogus web content to my blog readers.
Another factor which limits the usefulness of a blog is a concept called "trolling". A troll is a post which is intentionally incorrect, but not overtly controversial, or the act of sending such a message. Trolling aims to elicit an emotional reaction from those with a hair-trigger on the reply key. A really subtle troll makes some people lose their minds. Trolling is more about diatribe than discussion.
To prevent comment spam and trolls, comments on this blog will be moderated. The purpose of the moderation is NOT to prevent people who have a different point of view than I from posting comments. Abiding by these simple rules will ensure that your comments are posted.
1. No comment spam. Advertising a site by putting up unrelated mumbo jumbo is not tolerated. If it’s not relevant to the blog, don’t link it.
2. No trolls. If you have a different point of view than is expressed in a posting, keep your opinion fact-based and free from personal insults.
3. Keep the language clean, free of profanity, racism, bigotry, etc.
Here is a good example of a comment in which the commenter disagrees with the poster, but keeps the comments reasonable. This comment would be posted:
"I'm referring to the cost of operation, licensing, support, etc. I'm also referring to linux distributions, and not the kernel, the source of which is certainly still available free of any charge." In that case, linux has NEVER been free, support has never been free since linux was started to use in companies, so "linux is no longer free" is certainly not true either. There's certainly the possibility of being free: there's still people who download the source (there's a local government in my country which has developed their own debian-derived distro and there're people working and maintaining it, farmaceutic companies also do this according with taylor, the MS "open source" expert) and support the whole thing themselves and don't use any kind of external "support", so they waste 0 dollars on support. That's certainly not possible with Windows - even if you don't use the support you'd pay the license (it's also true that very few people works that way and that it's not the market Microsoft is targetting)
Here is an example of a comment which will not be published due to “trolling”:
Oh! little guy, you think you know a lot about life but you are too young yet. You have no idea of what you are talking about. No idea at all. I'm Spaniard, but still I can understand that "freedom" and "free speech" are not free (gratis). Pun intended. I also understand that most of the distros are also free of gratis. Support and service are optional in some of them, prices vary. What you pay with RH or SUSE is not a license, but a service. MS sells software, bad, secret and expensive software indeed. I can't undenstand how you are so proud of being a MS droid and showing all of you ignorance publicly. Perhaps you don't realise how dumb you still are.