I’ve been lazy to upgrade, and the brouhaha over the revised licensing of version 3.0 made me wonder whether it was worth the effort. As a result, this site hasn’t really employed some of the basic requirements of a weblog — comments, specifically.
Well, I upgraded to Movable Type 3.33 back on Tuesday, and today, I’ve enabled the commenting system.
To be the truthful, I’m not totally sold on the idea of comments. I love leaving comments on my friends’ sites, and I love reading comments on community sites such as Metafilter. But I haven’t had the greatest experience enabling comments on this site.
Back in the late ’90s, when teen pop ruled the world, I actually wrote about a boy band named the Lyte Funky Ones, or LFO (not to be confused with the electronica group of the same name.) I had a very rudimentary guestbook-style system in place — way before systems such as MT were a glimmer in their developers’ eyes — and I was inundated with teenagers confessing their dying love for the group on that specific entry.
Thing is, none of my commenters actually read the piece. It was a pretty scathing review, and the teenyboppers didn’t bother to address it.
Another time, I gave a nice review of Radiohead’s Kid A. Some guy stopped by to say I was an idiot for liking the album. And he was a Radiohead fanboy — you know, one of the "true" fans.
Well, commenting systems have gotten a bit more sophisticated to deal with spamming and to support moderation. So if I feel like trampling all over the spirit of an open and robust exchange of ideas, I can do so! But I vow not to let my superiority complex interfere. Too much.
For now, I venture (cautiously) into the 21st Century. No one can accuse me of being an early adopter.