I got a great question from Marc the other day in a comment on my post Ten Ways to Crank Out Killer Posts in Ten Minutes or Less:
Hi. I’d like to suggest a blog post topic for you. It has to do with where a blogger draws the line about posting someones comment. This is a complicated and highly personal topic since no two bloggers have identical personalities and have different tolerances for all the ways that commenters can be rude. It seems there’s a large spectrum in how bloggers deal with commenters.
Some don’t want to bother themselves at all with this and keep the comments turn off.
Others seem to cherry pick their comments and some are very sensitive to the slightest hint of disagreement or debate.
And there are some like Jim Edwards who will publish even the rudest comments (but will defend himself).
I personally don’t have skin as thick as Jim Edwards and am somewhere in the middle. I do feel that my blog isn’t Youtube (I’m always amazed at the frequency of quarrelsome comments over there) so I have my own limits. There are also a number of ethical issues such as whether to publish a criticism regarding a product one promotes that also provides the money to feed ones family.
When I decide not to publish a comment, I often wonder how the person will take the rejection.
I thought this would make a great open discussion topic, so I’m putting the question to you: where do you draw the line on deleting comments?