Just read a post by Matt Paust arguing for closing our posts comments.
Says that he got this idea from a comment he saw somewhere by Mark Trost, who a month ago said he was no longer participating here at OS, but has recently started posting again, however with comments closed.
I wondered about Mark's motivations. Well, not that much actually.
Matt's premise via Mark is apparently that if we all closed comments that the spammers would fold up their Russian and Chinese tents and just go away. And you know what? He/they could be right. Same could be said in regards to credit card payments. If we ALL refused to pay them for a month there would be a shockwave felt throughout the world.
But really, seriously guys? Do you think you are going to start a movement here?
Spam (which admittedly there was none of when I first started hanging out at OS) is nothing more than a small annoyance. You get a spam "comment" just delete it. It's a small pain but so what?
What is OS worth without the feedback from our peers? To me, not a damn thing.
If I wanted to write with comments closed why would I not just write in a journal?
Yes, in a perfect OS world we would not have spam comments or a clogged feed. But remember, not one of us pay a dime for getting to play, write, read and otherwise participate at OS. I find that to be a pretty good deal, and even if the site get's paid directly by the spam mafia I say more power to them. Someone has to buy Kerry and Thomas' lingerie.