'Comments Suck'

Cap Watkins discusses why he thinks Branch is a better tool for discussion than blog comments.

Internet comments have long been a source of pain for popular web sites. On one hand, the ability to participate with a story gives readers a closer connection with the site and probably drives a bit of returning traffic. On the other hand, comment sections are wretched hives of scum and villainy.

I've disabled comments on Unretrofied since the very beginning exactly for this reason. If someone feels the need to comment on something I've said here, they can feel free to let me know via a blog post of their own, or they can contact me through Twitter and email, but I'm not letting this place become cluttered with stupid arguments and vile opinions. Even if that means shutting out the nice, thoughtful people too.

I'm not about to start adding Branch links on all of my posts as an alternative to having comments, as Watkins suggests in his post, but I think it's an intriguing proposition.