I think I’ve seen and worked with enough blog designs to determine what and what does not work for commenting systems. Below is a list of some of my pet peeves when it comes to comment sections. Note that this is a personal list, and in no way do I claim this to be a list of dont’s for blog comment sections. So what may tick me off might be okay for some, or other things that might be annoying for others might be okay for me.
- Comment sections with captcha and are moderated. Seriously, that’s way too paranoid. I understand the need for moderation (I do that on all my blogs as well, but if you have a previously approved comment, all succeeding comments go straight to publish). But captcha and moderation? Deadly combo. And I mean deadly in a bad way. There are a lot better blogs out there to comment on who do not make me type captcha.
- Blogger comment sections who do not have the Name/URL option. Why? You deny your commentators the link juice they deserve. It’s super easy to make the option appear, so why not edit your settings?
- Comment sections who use third party systems (like Disqus and IntenseDebate). I totally get that you want more bells and whistles other than what the default commenting system of your platform offers, but if it considerably drags down your blog’s speed, is it worth it?
I always say, people take time to visit your blog and was even kinder to leave you a comment. Why make it so hard for them to do you a favor? Like a fast-loading page is important in keeping a visitor’s attention, I think an efficient commenting system will also do wonders for your traffic. So, how about you? What do you like/hate in a blog’s comment section?