John Gruber responded to someone crying that he didn’t have comments on his blog and that that was unfair and boo and that.
Now that DF has achieved a modicum of popularity, however, what I tend to get instead aren’t queries or complaints about the lack of comments, but rather demands that I add them — demands from entitled people who see that I’ve built something very nice that draws much attention, and who believe they have a right to share in it.
Derek Powazek adds to this with a somewhat calmer analysis. I particularly like this bit.
I don’t think the problem is that people are stupid. I think that people, when given crappy tools, with almost no oversight, no incentive to behave, and no semblance of real identity, often behave stupidly.
I was quite tempted to turn off comments on this new blog but have settled for the strange way the P2 theme obfuscates them, the logic being if someone really wants to leave a comment they will. It’s not that I don’t want comments, it’s more that I they don’t really seem necessary.
To put it crudely, this is where I write and share, Twitter is where I converse. More subtly, blogs create a networked conversation. I write here, you respond or expand on your blog, and so on.
If your site has a vibrant and valuable community in the comments threads then that’s fantastic. You should treasure and nurture that. But I don’t think you need to have that facility.