If you are in the MMO or Make Money Online category of bloggers, you probably delete a lot of comments which are from people interested to leave their sites keywords as backlinks. Usually, I will delete the comments, depending on my mood on that day. Many of the comments are real and relevant so I just pass it through if I am in a generous mood. After all, I am not losing anything, so treat that as a random act of kindness. However, I do not tolerate such comments on my other niche blogs.
For example, on my recipe blog, I do get comment names like Soup Recipe. So, soup recipe can go fly kite because I am not generous enough to share my blog with your recipe blog. I do not have any hesitation deleting because I worked hard on my blog so I am not giving it away to insincere folks.
Then, there is the category of blog like the personal blog where it tend to draw unwanted comments. If you are a blogger like me who seeks controversial issues to write, then, be prepared to get all kind of nuts who are really moronic.
There are people who argued that a blogger should not moderate their comments. They give lame excuses like freedom of speech and challenge the blogger that he/she does not have the guts to take criticisms. So, should we moderate comments?
I was taught that we have to moderate those unpleasant comments for the sake of our other regular readers. Our regular readers come by our blogs daily for a nice read and usually they get distressed with unpleasant and downright rude or sometimes vulgar comments. We have a duty to make sure that they are not given these unnecessary stresses of being forced to see the ugly side of humans. We do not want to get them embroil with flame wars.
However, when I feel wicked, I will let a few to get through so that the rest of the regular commentors can whack them on my behalf.
So, if you are new blogger and unsure whether to delete or publish a comment, just do what you feel you like doing at that particular moment. And that includes turning the negative comments to something that praise you. Those actions will make the original commentor blood boils and they usually never return.
I am glad for WordPress very good comments filter. I normally put those pesky folks into my blacklist and I never have to deal with them again. Unless they are morons who bother to change IP, go through 3rd party IP masking, change their names and emails. The blacklisting is available on WordPress at Dashboard > Setting > Discussion and you can enter the details into the box Comment moderation or Comment blacklisting.
Their future comments will go into Akismet and that’s the end to pesky folks. They want freedom of speech? Tell them go set up their own blog and crap there.