A Minor Change to Commenting on the Blog

I mentioned late last year that I’d be making some minor changes to the blog beginning in 2014. I made one of those changes this morning, and it should affect very few people who comment on the blog.

Effective today, comments on a given post automatically close 60 days after the post is created.

I have 2 motivations for making this change:

  1. Many of my posts, particularly my technology posts, are timely and things can change quickly. For example, last year I was writing with iaWriter on my iPad. This year, I write almost entirely in Google Docs. Posts I wrote about iaWriter still get comments, however. This will help in these cases.
  2. You wouldn’t believe the amount of comment spam I get (or maybe you would!). Akismet, WordPress’s comment spam plug-in is a master of zapping the vast majority of it, but every once in a while, some get through that I have to zap manually in comment moderation. Limiting the duration of open comments on a post should help to cut down on this spam as well.

Just be aware that posts older than 60 days will no no longer allow commenting.

About Jamie Todd Rubin

Jamie Todd Rubin writes fiction and nonfiction for a variety of publications including Analog, Clarkesworld, The Daily Beast, 99U, Daily Science Fiction, Lightspeed, InterGalactic Medicine Show, and several anthologies. He was featured in Lifehacker’s How I Work series. He has been blogging since 2005. By day, he manages software projects and occasionally writes code. He lives in Arlington, Virginia with his wife and three children. Find him on Twitter at @jamietr.