Sooooo many people thought I’d wimped out by not allowing comments in my blog. Since switching over to WordPress last week, I decided to give it a whirl. The first 48 hours were basically spam free, with only a regular trackback to a site that reposted my entire posts in full (tacky).

The day after that, on the third day, all hell broke loose.

So, on Sunday, I installed a spam blocker. Less than 24 hours later, it’s blocked nearly 500 spam comments.

In school classrooms, while growing up, I used to become infuriated whenever we were given something responsible by the teacher, or asked to follow a rule that made getting along as a group fair and easy to do. When someone in that group broke the rule, or more likely, misbehaved, the teacher removed the priviledges for the entire class. The punishment applied to the entire class, rather than the person who ruined it for everybody. That meant that those of us acting responsibly or mature, weren’t rewarded for our good behavior.

After being punished and losing things of value or enjoyment over and over, after awhile, there’s no more incentive to do the right thing.

I’m not going to punish the whole classroom. But, don’t blame me when the Internet is no longer free and the people you like don’t want to play with you anymore.

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Kim Krause Berg’s long background in web design, SEO and usability includes software application functional and user interface testing, accessibility, information architecture and persuasive design. She shared her passion for Usability and SEO through her site and private consulting at Cre8pc for 17 years. Kim founded Cre8asiteforums in 1998. In the fall of 2012 she sold her forums to Internet Marketing Ninjas and retired from private consulting to join their Executive Management team where she continues her work in usability testing, customer experience and conversions design.

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American Society for Information Science and Technology (ASIS&T)

Information Architecture Institute

Usability Professionals Association (UPA)