A few weeks ago I came across a blog called LifeHacker. It's a pretty nice blog, giving you practical advice on how to use common technology to make your life that much easier. Now whenever I find a blog that I like I leave a polite comment. And so I promptly clicked on the comment link at the bottom of the latest post. On trying to leave a comment that this blog requires you to sugn-up to leave comments. A minor irritation, but I decided it was worth it because the blog was quite good. But when I tried to get myself a username and password, I realized that only did you need to signup to leave a comment, signups were only given out to people whom the blog-writers thought would leave meaningful comments and contribute to the blog.
So today's question is: Is this a good thing or a bad thing? Well, like most things in life, there is no straightforward answers. Restricting which people can comment on your blog certainly eliminate comment and spam and will go a long way to ensure that the comments really are helpful. But the obvious downside is that it will irritate users. Let's face it: Most of us only comment when we really have something that we want to let out and generally a comment is based on spurt of the moment. Readers may not be too interested in coming back if you make it hard for them to participate. After, a large part of the fun of having a blog is communicating directly with your audience. So, please feel free to leave a comment.