Facebook has a new Comments system they are offering. Basically, it links facebook posts and blog posts. So if someone comments on facebook, it will republish that here on this blog. And if anyone comments on the blog, it will republish that on facebook.
There’s 4 reasons why we’re being curmudgeons and not using that system here:
- Privacy concerns. When people post comments on my facebook, they know my security is pretty high so none of my parishioners or public people will see it. So they freely comment. However, I’m not
- Trolls are low. Unlike Slate which has a significant troll problem, we don’t. Spam is taken care of for the most part, and the trolls tend to be mediocre at best.
- Pseudonymity is a value. I had a pseudonym for 4 years running an online religion forum. I know its value and the theological freedom of inquiry that comes with it. As long as you don’t abuse it, it’s here to stay.
- The functionality is already here. People can login via Facebook or Twitter already and comment using their own names and pictures. So the only added functionality by using the new system is the privacy-questionable one. Hence, why upgrade?
Thanks for reading and I hope you continue to find commenting at HX helpful, easy, and secure.