I received an interesting question from my fellow blogger a few days ago – do we have the right to modify comments on our blog? This question is somewhat weird however I think it is a unique matter because I never think or come across to it.
Yes, we receive numerous comments on our blog with different expressions, opinions and styles and sometimes spam. But do we have the right to modify them? For example, some people might leaving short comments such as “Nice!” or “I agree” or doing mistake in typing or use of words. These comments might not a big matter for some webmasters/bloggers, but some of us might consider much about it. Again, the question is – do we have the right to modify comments on our blog?
As I had been asked this question, I will try my best to answer it based on my opinion.
Yes, you have the right
As a direct answer to the question, my answer is yes. Yes, you have the right to modify the comments as it is your blog and you have right on your own blog. You are free to accept and decline any comment as you have the right to administer your blog. But keep in mind that every action will have its consequences so think before you act.
Spam is always spam
I believe the question somewhat regarding to the spam comments where most spammers will send weird or simple and non-relevant comments such as “Thanks for nice post!” or “Informative. I will subscribe to your blog” and etc for the sake of getting backlinks (this case often happen to dofollow blogs) and in order to make the comments become natural, one of the way is to modify them. My opinion is – spam is always spam and there is no any compromise for them. The most suitable treat for them is removing them from your comment section (and it’s better if you’re using Akismet).
You know your blog
I believe most of us know about our blog and we know what we write and publish. So we know what the type of comments that we are expecting from the readers except some comments beyond our expectation (comments beyond our expectation is good, if it’s related to our content). You know what you write and you know your level so let the readers comment because sometimes simple comments might have a great meaning and sometimes you might realize this in the future.
My conclusion is let the readers say what they want to say (except spam comments) and it will be more natural if you let the comments in its original text although there is any spelling mistake because every comment that we receive has its own meaning. So I think there is no need to modify the comments and I believe that the content that you published will determine the comments that you will received.