Blogs & Comments.

I typically get a mixed reaction to this blog, and despite the visible negative comments on full display, the blog continues to grow in visits and RSS subscriptions.

I often ask myself "why the hell would anyone want to read my rants" and after speaking with customers in both Microsoft and Adobe space, it’s clear that whilst at times my posts aren’t the most popular in mainstream thinking, they do convey an opposite view to the usual Adobe aggressive stance towards Microsoft.

anger The ones that do complain the most, typically never visit my blog except when someone within the Adobe ethos decides to blast a post of mine or two on why I’m getting it wrong in their eyes. Usually when this happens, I simply groan at the amount of comments that are likely to come through, this time not by my regular readers, but simply by folks within the Adobe community all worked up and ready to take down Microsoftee a peg or two.

I at times engage them, trying to tease out whether or not this is about the context of the post in question? (maybe I got it wrong? tell me how) but typically it’s more about Microsoft in general and how they have somewhat conflict towards our presence in the market in one way or another.

Yet, they never really come back, typically it’s a once off thing, come to the blog, dump your hate mail and then leave.

What’s the problem with that you may ask? well it does convey a one-sided view in many respects, as if you like a post or simply nod & calmly agree with a post, you rarely typically feel the need to comment, unless it’s something you passionately agree with.

Comments rarely give a balanced view, they simply are a traffic diversion from another persons blog.

Yet, I still comment and the rationale as to why I post comments on other peoples comments are simply this:

  • We are listening, and we may or may not agree but we’re listening.
  • Here’s our point of view, if anyone cares.
  • Interesting, tell me more…
  • I agree with you. Well done!
  • Congratulations on this moment in time.

That’s simply my mode of operation, but it usually fans the fire if the blog post in question is heated towards Microsoft or it simply adds a layer of authority as well, in that if someone is conveying a point that is in factual, well, now they have the official Microsoft response.

Comments in blogs really don’t represent the majority thinking, it’s simply a case of degrees of influence. In that, if you had 3 major high profile blogger’s cast a seed of anger towards another persons blog, then it’s highly likely the comments will be filled with anger. Same with praise.

It’s as if the blogsphere has a wolf-pack mentality, follow the lead wolf, attack where he/she attacks.

So with that being said, I’m making no apologies from here on out in moderating the comments on my blog. If you have a mature, point whether it be negative or positive – or – is contextual towards the post, fine, I’ll allow it through.

nothing_to_say If you’re just the usual ass whom is about to sprout ignorant remarks around why you dislike Microsoft, then this isn’t the blog for you. Feel free to post that on your own blog though.

Transparency is something we should never take for granted, but at the same time wolf-packing sites with comments from one-off-visitors really doesn’t represent the tone of the majority. It just simply gives the usual suspects a soapbox to stand on for a brief 15mins or so.

If there is a mature point of view, one that has a point, by all means negative or positive, please post.

If you dislike this decision, then this is not the blog for you. All the best.


Comments (9)

  1. Ed says:

    Wow, it’s a sad day when this sort of thing happens. I’m not saying your wrong in starting to moderate your posts, it’s just a sad reflection on "the other crowd" who are so anti-microsoft…

  2. Tom says:

    I don’t comment much (negative or positive) but I’d like to say thanks for not always being PC with your opinions. It’s refreshing.

    Are you still working on that big application from start to finish with blog posts that you mentioned a couple months ago? I’ve been anxiously awaiting the posts about it and keep wondering if maybe there’s a separate blog for it?

  3. Garry Trinder says:


    thanks for the kind remarks. Yes I am working on it but found out very quickly blogging about the idea and then excuting on it is actually quite harder then I expected. Not so much in technical hurdles but more in red-tape, i’ve only just in the last week managed to unravel myself from this.

    Now i’m ready to execute it’s XMAS so everyone i need to tap on the shoulder is either really busy at the moment or MIA on holidays.. so expect a follow-up in the New Year for this..

  4. Phillip Kerman says:

    How do determine that a poster isn’t a "regular reader" and they don’t come back?  I mean, I read every one of your posts–I only comment on the ones that warrant it.

  5. Scott Barnes says:

    A number of ways actually. I use the Microsoft analytics stats to track unique visitors and then typically cross check these with the comment IP’s. I then did a dump of some of the comment IP’s and searched for not only that IP address but also the IP Range that they belonged to… it rarely came up as duplicates

    I also monitor the spikes in my traffic, in that i’ve got a nice steady gradual growth slope in the blog, but when I invoke the anger of a Adobe Fan’s blog you can see a little bit of a spike for that brief period and then it essentially lowers again after the even has past.

    The good news I guess for me, is tha everytime they link to me and dennounce my views, a little of the traffic that come to the blog typically stay (assuming they don’t clear their cookies or change ISP accounts).

    It’s not an exact science but more along the lines of a behavior pattern / trend I’ve noticed.

  6. Chris says:

    Good for you.  I am so tired of inane MS bashing.  I’ve made a choice to use MS products and I am happy with them.  It really bothers me when people discount what I do because of the tools I choose to use.  There will "always" be different platforms, different tools, languages, et cetera.  Keep up the interesting blogging 🙂


  7. James says:

    Interesting thoughts on the value of comments – I guess the overall value gets hurt when the majority of comments are made by fanatics.

    I am somewhat bemused by your perspective that Adobe and Microsoft are arch rivals – that’s not been my experience at all.  But hey, maybe that’s because I get bored after the first couple of comments…

  8. oz says:

    I’ll happily hand you a "Congratulations on this moment in time".

    Your posts have always been an informative and thoughtful read.

    And I say this as a Linux aficionado; if I’m more than able to keep my prejudices to myself I have very little sympathy for Abobe techies.  Flash and its derivatives is just as much a closed-source corporate monopoly as any other.

    You’re an obviously smart guy who goes out of his way to sound out his perspective without necessarily toeing the ‘party line’.

    And so, much respect, and moderate at will. I’d tip you as not having reached your career zenith by any means and having a blog with inappropriate comments could well come back to haunt you in the future. Its a testament to your character that you’ve held off on doing so for this long already.

  9. BPM software says:

    I don’t agree with everything you write (some even annoy me a bit) but don’t stop writing. I find your point of view causes me to rethink issues.