Who is responsible for comments on your blog?March 7, 2011
Well dear readers, all forums and blogs are recipients of spam.
I delete at least 6 “pending comments” each day. Some of the comments are fairly good and I would genuinely publish them……if they weren’t sent from commercial email addresses in an attempt to use my blog as a de facto free advertising node.
I take great pains to vet all comments published here…….although like all humans I err and an occasional “naughty” slips through.
Anyway, over at HM Ambassador to Ukraine’s blog, a blog I read regularly, the only comment to this linked article, simply states “Thx for the news http://!”£$%^&U.com/”. (Well it doesn’t, I have changed the http address so as not to allow my blog to advertise freely somebody selling homes.)
My point is, HM Gov is seemingly allowing this entity free advertising space by allowing it there. Subsequent deletion will stop future readers seeing it but not all those who have already seen it.
Comment is free on my blog, advertising is not. I have specifically taken the decision not to advertise or allow advertising. My comments section is set to no comments being published unless I have read them and authorised them……hardly free speech, but……… get over it.
If HM Gov is going to allow advertising on HM Gov blogs (even in the comments), given the drastic cuts in the FCO budget, is it not better to charge?
By allowing such advertising in the comments, one cannot claim de facto “recommendation” of this home selling company by the FCO, but many stupid people may assume it.
I suppose any loosely implied association with this house selling site is better than some advertisements that could have been dumped into the comments section however.
Imagine a link in the comments section to an extremist website or naked celebrities on a UK FCO website. Tsk-tsk!!