A few folks have asked me to enable comments for items on my linkblog. That sounds like an odd request, but what do I know?

Based on the metrics I have, a good number of people subscribe to my linkblog's RSS feed. And many others simply read it in the sidebar of my blog. I'm not sure if much of it is worthy of discussion but willing to give it a shot if there's enough interest.

So, what do you think?

Posted by jzawodn at November 30, 2005 08:06 PM

Reader Comments
# jr said:

At first I was thinking "yes" since there are times that I'd want to comment about a given item, but ultimately I'd say "No".

Your link-blog is pretty much your scratchpad of items. Making it a forum would create more of a free-for-all than is really needed. Besides, if folks REALLY want to comment about a given link, there's always their own blog (What, like it's hard to get a 360 account?)

on November 30, 2005 08:18 PM
# Greg Hughes said:

Not a bad idea. I read your RSS feeds for both blogs every day. You know what I's especially like on the linkblog though is a permalink for each linkblog post in the RSS, since I's like to be able to trackback to some of what you put there.

Or is it stays the way it is, it's still terrific.

on November 30, 2005 09:07 PM
# dan isaacs said:

Nah. aren't they just a collecti nof things we've already commented on when we IM'd them to you to begin with? :)

on November 30, 2005 09:21 PM
# Jeremy Zawodny said:

A non-trivial number of them are exactly that...

on November 30, 2005 09:26 PM
# Daniel said:

I think it's great to discuss -- people can't get enough of you =)

I say go for the comments, unless you don't have time to read them, but it's nice to have feedback from others who are interested in what you have to say.

on November 30, 2005 10:19 PM
# ernie said:

Actually, having comments on my mini-blog is the very reason why I don't use integrate my personal blog with a service such as del.icio.us or MyWeb2. Being the self, narcissist bastard that I am, I get a kick that there's a micro-community talking about random stuff, rather than known that a bunch of anonymous people are reading content through an RSS feed.

on November 30, 2005 11:07 PM
# Roger said:

I'd like it if you had comments there. I read your blog and was honored to see a link to my service dodgeit.com in your linkblog a while back.

So if you had comments enabled there, I would have written a quick word of "thanks"

on December 1, 2005 05:46 AM
# jim winstead said:

maybe the sponsor box should have comments, too. if it's good enough for kuro5hin....

on December 1, 2005 06:57 AM
# Jeremy Zawodny said:

Excellent idea!

on December 1, 2005 07:04 AM
# Andrew Ducker said:

Just so you know, 23 people read you via Livejournal:

on December 1, 2005 11:19 AM
# Utills said:

I think you should have comments for only those links that you think are not worth writing a whole post about. However, you think that they are on a topic that you want your readers to actually think about and possibly get their opinion on.

I don't know if you read Kottke's blog but he usually allows comments for only certain links and posts. That may be a good idea since it would be easier for you to moderate on links that you know will have comments.

on December 1, 2005 12:25 PM
# RandomLoser said:

I think its ok to have a blog as long as you don't base your blog solely on "because youre an employee of one of the biggest corporations on the internet landscape" I mean if you didnt work for Yahoo, no one would visit this blog. You would be off doing something else with yourself. Youre blog would be gone, dust, R.I.P.

It is instances like this that Yahoo should say " We dont want you basing blogs solely on a job position at Yahoo ".

Ask yourself in your most private of moments and ask what Am I Jeremy Zawodny actually doing. Exploiting your position at Yahoo to create a weblog of commentry between you and your rival (Google). Just to score political points between you, your co-workers, Yahoo's partners and the online media, who in turn only visit your blog because you work at Yahoo.

This is a highly political blog, and it should be no more... or at least kill all visitor interaction, to weaken your strength.

The reason bloggers blog? For attention. For the attention they don't get in real life. They see themselves as higher beings than the rest, so want to express their feelings. Somly because they ain't got anyone out of work to talk to. (Sad lonely people)

on December 1, 2005 01:23 PM
# Jeremy Zawodny said:

Wow, someone needs a reality check.

You really like telling other people what to do, that much is clear.

If blogs suck so much, why do you continue to read mine?

on December 1, 2005 01:46 PM
# Phil Walker said:

Yes I think you should do comments! I love to share my thoughts on certain subject matters as I read them. :)


on December 2, 2005 01:31 AM
# RandomLoser said:

[quote]If blogs suck so much, why do you continue to read mine?[/quote]

I noticed you removed my comment on blogging and the potential security threat. It answers part of your question about why I read blogs of employees at Yahoo. (To keep an eye on what your posting, in relation to a threat. It is not the first time an employee of a corporation has post something unintentionally, which has given aid to a malicious user to gain access to an internal network.) You yourself have post some questionable stuff. I can give you an example. This wasnt so much of a threat but it was -questioned-. It was your screenshot of the new Yahoo Mail. Your screenshot browser gave a name of an internal server. Your Firefox tabs were also giving clues away about inside Yahoo. It is small snippets of information like that, that pose an invaluable aid to hackers to gain intelligence of corporate infrastructure and the way stuff is mapped out.

on December 4, 2005 10:13 AM
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