Moderating comments is interrupting a conversation.
If you are running an age-appropriate blog and want to ensure that the comments are kept in line with the law, you may have a case.
The idea behind a blog is to spark the imagination of the reader, get them engaged, have them contribute. That the community and makes it a better destination. Comment moderation puts a barrier between the community and the content. It relegates the author to the role of gate-keeper and decision-maker. It takes the power to contribute away from the reader.
It takes less time to delete a comment in your blog than it does to moderate a comment and approve it. Most blogging platforms will let you delete a comment via email.
Communities are self-policed, that should be moderation enough.
Trust your community, trust your readers. They want to know their thoughtful comments are being enjoyed by everyone who reads you blog, not just because they happen to agree with you or you have time to approve them. Your community will handle any trash that is inserted into their communal space appropriately.
I can only comment for my behavior. I know when a blog has comment moderation and it prevents me from commenting. Some of my comments are time-sensitive, some others may be repetitive. I try to comment when I see an issue that is not being discussed, something I want to raise awareness on.
I want to know my comments are timely, and well received.
I used to moderate, then I switched to known users, and I am now totally free – no controls. SPAM? I use Askimet (awesome) and I delete what little gets through. I think I deleted just one or two messages since I started that were not caught by Askimet. I had less than 10 false positives caught by Askimet in the timeThre I have been blogging in a public platform.
Would love to hear what you have to say about this. Moderate or Not?