Comment approval systems on blogs:

One way in which blogs and online media seek to include readers, and hope to introduce interactivity is through enabling users to comment. There is however the two sides to this argument. On one hand there is the approach on a site such as Youtube where the users comment area is a veritable free for all, with a system of reporting offencive comments and of rating comments, essentially resulting in the users themselves being the main and often only possible way of controling the quality of comments.

Recently I was looking at blogs on the The Irish Times where those leaving comments are required to enter an e-mail address along with their comment which presumably is only disclosed to the blog's moderater. The blogs comments on these blogs are only approved upon viewing by the blog's author. There are a number of problems with this, but a massive problem is that many users repeat the same points and can't interact with each other, as in many cases their comments take hours to be approved, so it is difficult for users to address eachother's points.

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