Why every blogger should have subscribe to comments checked by default
Ok, so this might come across as a bit of a rant, but i gotta say it.
I said it here, but I want to elaborate a little, so please indulge me for a minute ot two.
Allows readers to recieve notifications of new comments that are posted after their own. By Jennifer – Scriptygoddess.
This plugin is very useful. If your readers drop comments on your blog, then its a good thing to give them an option to respond. By using this plugin they can be notified when someone follows up a comment of theirs. I’ve changed the default to auto subscribe people to comments they’ve made, they can always deselect the subscribe me box should they so wish, most don’t which stands to reason. I figure that if people engage in a conversation then it follows that they’d like to be kept informed. You should too.
If you are a blogger and are inviting people to comment on your posts then the first thing you should do is install a subscribe to comments option type plugin thing.
Once you’ve done that then you should change the default checkbox setting to checked.
IOW, if people commenting on your blog and DO NOT wish to subscribe to your comments and receive emails to their comments then they can uncheck the box! Let them action it, let them make the positive choice to unsubscribe from a thread that they felt motivated to respond to, my guess is most will not.
If you are thinking hang on a feckin minute I don’t want to get a stream of poxy emails every two seconds to some random comment I made on some random blog somewhere then I have to ask you, why?
WTF are you even bothering to engage in the 1st place? What is the point in commenting on a thread that a person or group of people are engaged in and talking about? Are you some kind of rude, I know I’ll just butt in say what I like then feck off out of it kinda dude? Don’t you want to respond to what people might say subsequently? Wouldn’t you like to be assisted in remembering?
Or do you remember every little blog post and place you commented on?
I doubt it too, hell, I cant recall what blogs I’ve commented on 20 minutes ago! In fact if I see a blog that has the subscribe to comments checkbox checked I kinda smile internally, cos I know that I won’t have to worry about remembering where I commented. I just say my piece and forget about it, knowing that if someone should comment, I’ll get a little mail response with a piece of text showing me what they said. If I don’t like it, or get bored with it all, I can unsubscribe instantly takes me just two seconds. I don’t care if I get 30 emails to a comment, it takes me seconds to delete them or ignore them even. If I’m really bothered I can log in to my email account once a day and deal with them en masse even.
Do yourself and your commenters a favour, add the subscribe to comments plug in and edit the default checkbox setting.
End of sermon.Posted on: 28th June 2007, by : Rob Watts