This blog is back, for no better reason than I felt like commenting on another blog shutting down its comments thread.
I'm kinda ambivalent about comments. Community and all that, but once you get past a certain size the drive-by commentators coming crawling out of the 'tubes. You know, the guys (presumably they are always men) who leave a comment along the lines “You're such a n00b. If only you understood blah blah blah you'd realise how correct I am!” then disappear, never to explain their point in terms comprehensible to anyone who is not them. They can't be doing it because they want to teach, as if they did they'd hang around, engage in dialogue, that sort of thing. So they must be doing it for the ego-boost, which is pretty sad and lame. No wonder Megan got tired of that.
Rather than comments I'd prefer everyone to comment on their own blog. This gives more accountability, so would tame the trolls I think. Unfortunately the tools for following conversations between blogs are pretty lame. Blogger, for example, doesn't seem to support trackbacks. So here we are, in the best of no worlds.