Who Owns The Comment? - A Strawman Bill Of Rights

The other day Hank Williams called for:

all comment systems to provide a mechanism to clearly indicate to users
what rights they have and what rights they are giving out when they
write a comment

So the Disqus team stepped up to the challenge and posted this "strawman" commenter bill of rights. They want comments, suggestions, criticisms, and additional ideas. If you care about who owns your comments, go participate in the debate.

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Comments (Archived):

  1. SamJacobs

    Disqus is a cool company and the evolution of micro-blogging, of which I consider comments to be the core component, has also been really interesting. Good commenters are the farm leagues for the world of good future bloggers. That plus the true micro-content like Twitter, facebook status, and Gmail status, all of which I’m finding I am updating in a manner similar to a blog.I like the idea that the writer owns the comment but the publisher can choose how they are presented on their site. But that somewhere the repository is stored as the commenter’s own personal archive that they can do with as they wish (even if they’ve been deleted).This is a great article about participation in the creation of media. The ‘conversation’ as it were:http://www.shirky.com/herec

  2. Stephanos Anton Ballmerfeld

    I own my comments! If you don’t like ’em tell me and I’ll ignore you!

  3. tim

    My first reaction was to roll my eyes but the legal angle of it is quite interesting and most likely won’t be resolved until more lawsuits go through the courts.

  4. Don Jones

    I think it is ultimately a service posture on the blogger’s part – Does the blogger want to allow commenters to track their comments and build their reputation via a centralized service, or not?Although I still comment on blogs without Disqus, I find myself focusing more on those that have Disqus, because I can continue to build a blog comment history/reputation.

  5. howardlindzon

    if your comments are uselessno one will follow you anywhere so I say why create a blog unless you freaking love to write.But if you love to read blogs and than further have interesting things to add, you should not start a blog, but just use disqus.

  6. jackson

    I don’t understand the notion of ownership when it is removed from economics. Am I to understand that there’s monetary value to my comments?

    1. fredwilson

      Yours are pretty damn good

  7. Navel Hater

    I think a Bill of Rights for commenters is a ridiculous notion asked for by those on the fringe. The same extremists have no qualms using Blogger for their blogs, Gmail for their email, Twitter for their tweets, Wetpaint for their wiki,… or any of a number of hosted applications.What is the difference when Disqus or Intense Debate or someone else hosts the comments or, God forbid, “own” the comments and go to extreme lengths to satisfy the wants (ie data portability) of a few? I would argue the blog itself, and email are far, far more important and some people simply look for things to complain about to further their self-aggrandizing. The navel gazing accompanied by the “Hey, look at me!” people of the web who say something outlandish either for linkbait, digg bait, attention, etc (ie Mashable, or “insert low level web pundit here”) are now who companies (which produce no revenue) fumble to cater to, just to call them a user of their free service. Gotta love the “free’ web.It is interesting that no one complains about Lijit “hosting” or “owning” the searches. Maybe that is next month. I hate to give these people ideas.

  8. Dalka

    I have a right to have that blog have a hotlink my comment name back to my blog so that people can discover who I am if they like the comment. Alot of new comment widgets and bigger sites ignore this and that is why many bloggers don’t leave comments on those sites.

  9. sull

    who makes money on my comment?