5 Types of Blog Moderators

Blog Moderation is a tough task

No two blogs are the same, or at least they shouldn’t be. While topics and content can be similar, the major differences are below the fold. For me, at least, it’s about how the blog owner/author moderates the comments. We’ve already read pieces on different types of commenters, but how about the different types of moderators?

Link Nazi

The only thing this moderator hates are links in the comment section. No matter how valid the comment, what type of link it is, NO LINK FOR YOU. This doesn’t mean the blog owner is against linking out. More than likely he/she has a blogroll or a set of links to sites he/she supports. It doesn’t degrade the quality of the blog either. Just don’t be surprised when your link doesn’t get included.

For Example:

Blog Post: Dogs are Better Than Cats

Dogs rawk! Cats stink. Dogs like to play outside; cats do nothing but poop in a box you have to clean later. Dogs can fetch Frisbees while cats only lie around, get fat, cough up hairballs and get high on catnip. Dogs love to get treats and show you appreciation for giving them treats. Dogs FTW!!!

Commenter 1: Dogs are cool man. That’s why I’ve got four.

Author: Four? Dude that’s awesome. How can you afford to feed them all?

Commenter 2: Dogs are pretty cool. But what do you think of cats?

Author: Cats are okay. I’ve just grown up with dogs.

Commenter 1: Well, my job pays pretty well 😀 If I couldn’t afford to I’d have to give some away 🙁

Commenter 2: Hey you removed my link!

Author: It’s your first time here, and you’ve got a spammy username. Change it and stop by again and I might add your link. And commenting twice in the same post doesn’t count as a repeat guest 😉

I’ll also add if it’s your first time commenting on that blog and your link isn’t included, but surrounding comments have them, I’d wager to say that particular blog is waiting to see if you’re a regular visitor before they will allow your link to be welcome.

Response Snob

Did you leave a comment completely disseminating the blog post you just read? Don’t hold your breath on this moderator responding. The author either isn’t responding because he/she:

  • Is too busy, which can be understandable, but given the time still wouldn’t respond
  • Wrote the piece just to stir the pot and watch the comments
  • Doesn’t care to defend their post and pretend the comments don’t exist

For Example:

Blog Post: Dogs are Better Than Cats

Dogs rawk! Cats stink. Dogs like to play outside; cats do nothing but poop in a box you have to clean later. Dogs can fetch Frisbees while cats only lie around, get fat, cough up hairballs and get high on catnip. Dogs love to get treats and show you appreciation for giving them treats. Dogs FTW!!!

Commenter 1: Not all cats are like that. Sure cats get lazy when they get older, but so do dogs. It all comes down to how much attention and care the owner gives to their animals. How much attention do you give your dog?

Commenter 2: I like cats too, they show more of their personality than dogs do. Don’t get me wrong, dogs are great, but nothing is better than when a cat curls up on your lap. What do you think? Cat purring or dog using you like a pillow?

*chirp* *chirp*

In my own opinion if you aren’t going to take time to respond to comments that ask valid questions or refute the post itself, I’d just disable the comments altogether.

Flip-Flopper

I love discussion, it’s where real learning can take place. However, this blogger only thinks they are creating discussion when they are doing nothing but confusing the readers when he/she contradicts themselves in the comments.

For example:

Blog Post: Dogs are Better Than Cats

Dogs rawk! Cats stink. Dogs like to play outside; cats do nothing but poop in a box you have to clean later. Dogs can fetch Frisbees while cats only lie around, get fat, cough up hairballs and get high on catnip. Dogs love to get treats and show you appreciation for giving them treats. Dogs FTW!!!

Commenter 1: I love dogs too! They are better than cats!

Author: Hey thanks yeah dogs rock!

Commenter 2: This really offends me I love cats! Cats are better than dogs!

Author: Oh I love cats too! I think cats and dogs are equals!

Commenter 1: ???

It isn’t one way or the other with this moderator; it’s both.

Comment Hoarder

Every blogger that allows comments enjoys getting them, but none more so than this moderator. No matter how ridiculous/spammy/pathetic the comment, it will be approved. In most cases the threads end up looking like an outdated chat room full of random stuff. To this moderator, a higher number of comments is much better than the quality of said comments.

For Example:

Blog Post: Dogs are Better Than Cats

Dogs rawk! Cats stink. Dogs like to play outside; cats do nothing but poop in a box you have to clean later. Dogs can fetch Frisbees while cats only lie around, get fat, cough up hairballs and get high on catnip. Dogs love to get treats and show you appreciation for giving them treats. Dogs FTW!!!

Commenter 1: Are you lonely at night? Click here for the ultimate hook up!

Commenter 2: Dogs are just great. How many do you have?

Author: I’ve got two, a Great Dane and a Poodle. Do you have any?

Commenter 3: Awesome post! I will definetly subsricbe to your blog and learn more about these topic. If you are in need of good web site design for SEO contact me!

Commenter 4: I’m more of a cat person myself, but dogs are okay.

Author: I like cats okay, but my girlfriend is really allergic to them.

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Commenter 6: Cats FTW Dogs can suck it!

Author: Hey come on man, that’s a little harsh. Why do you like cats so much? Dogs don’t suck!

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You’ll see more advertising in the comment section than on the sidebars on this moderators blog.

Chatter Box

I almost lumped this one in with the above moderator, but the only difference is the chatter box loves to, well chat. The thing is if the comments are completely off topic, the moderator will respond to them as if they did contribute to the comment thread.

For Example:

Blog Post: Dogs are Better Than Cats

Dogs rawk! Cats stink. Dogs like to play outside; cats do nothing but poop in a box you have to clean later. Dogs can fetch Frisbees while cats only lie around, get fat, cough up hairballs and get high on catnip. Dogs love to get treats and show you appreciation for giving them treats. Dogs FTW!!!

Commenter 1: Dogs are awesome!

Author: Dogs ARE awesome!

Commenter 2: Dogs are okay, but cats are cool too.

Author: Oh I like cats too! But I never had one, my parents do though.

Commenter 3: Buy computer parts at a low discounted rate

Author: Hey thanks for the resource and for stopping by my blog to check out my post! Do you like dogs?

Commenter4: Dogs are pretty cool. Did you know you can increase your income by 10000% by reading my low cost e-book? Download it today!

Author: Yeah dogs are neat-O. I’ll check out your e-book, I can always use some extra cash! Thanks for stopping by!

This moderator could make friends with a brick.

So what do you think? What types of moderators have you seen? And for the moderators out there, which of the above traits do you think you possess?

  • Joshua, this is a very interesting topic and the post is written very well. I am what you would call a link nazi, unless its the link displayed by the commentluv plugin or the commentator has been around for a while and the link is relevant. I mean, in most cases, there is no need to add a link to your comment.
    The other thing is that spammers have made it very hard for both bloggers and genuine commentators. Its just sad that people wont take a few minuets to read the post and leave a relevant comment. Thanks for the post.

    • Josh

      Totally agree. When spammers are “genuine” to get the comment approved it makes every blogger question the motives of the comment. I’m starting to see why sites like seomoz have a required log-in to comment.

  • That is great post , i really love the way you put cats and dogs for example to make it clearly. Thanks

    • Josh

      Glad you liked it 🙂

  • Haha~! I could make friends with a brick 😉 I used to do that and then stopped when all the drug companies wanted to be friends.

    Comment Pressure – I just “love” when a blogger puts so much emphasis on the value each comment adds – it makes you feel like if you write “Great post! Thanks!” that your comment is spammy or has no value. I usually stop commenting on blogs that send out messages like that. If every comment I wrote was gold, I would probably put it into a blog post. lol

    • Josh

      Hey Anita,

      Thanks for the comment. Yeah, those drug companies are pretty friendly until they find out you don’t need what they are pushing. Then again, they don’t stick around long enough for the rejection. Comment Pressure, I understand what you mean and I like it. There has been a few times I’ve just wanted to read a post and say, man that is good advice but at the same time knowing the writer’s thoughts on blog comments shy away from it. Comments can build on the post, but its also okay to pop in and say hi.

      • YAY~! Good to know~! Yes, I think a lot of blogs limit their responses by putting too much pressure on the reader for “quality” comments. One of my favorite blogs, CopyBlogger, does this routinely. Subsequently, even when I have a really good idea, I sometimes second guess myself and do not say a word. Glad to know we can always say hi here =)

  • i never understood this, why not link via the name option? isnt that what its for? im like you, when i see people linking in my comments i automaticly delete the comment.

  • Which one of the above are you? 😀
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    • Josh

      Hey Justin,
      I think I’m a mix of a link nazi and somewhat of a chatter box. 😉

      • Maybe you should add that to the types list 😀 ?

  • Very good post, I own a blog and I think I may be across between all of them. The link hoarder is someone I try not to be but its hard when try to figure out the aim of the post.

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  • Timethief just tweeted your post and it’s a hoot, I love the example comment dialogues you’ve written here.

    I am always bemused when people allow the serious spam through though. I’m a bit of a link Nazi I guess and I go one step further and correct commenters’ grammar and their typos as well if I am in the mood. I want my commenters to look clever – how would you classify that?

    • Joanna,
      I would call you brave for admitting you correct your commenters’ grammar errors – and I am with you in the desire to make your commentors look clever.

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  • I came here from reading Timethief’s article – and as a blogger I base my moderator policy on the principle of assessing whether the commentor commented because of the post (or maybe because they know me) or whether they commented just to comment (male expansion seems to fit any number of post topics).

    • Josh

      I try to use that same policy as well Dave. But I always feel a bit torn when a comment is left that’s amazing but the screen name is obviously being used to get a link, but in the end great comments get rewarded.

  • I was a comment hoarder before and accepted every comment on my blog and I now realize that most of them were spam. So, I have started cleaning those comments from my articles.

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