Comments and Economics

Hi all. Word is spreading (as word does, in blogland) that I have a comment system that can support other people. At first, I thought this was a cool idea. Then again, I thought maybe 2-3 of my friends, at the most, might have a need for such a thing.

Now I’m in a bind. See, I host my website on a cable modem link. Cable modems are dedfinitely not for hosting website, but i run a really low traffic site and it shouldn’t really matter. This site generates less traffic than one person downloading an ISO. So I don’t feel very badly about that. Besides, there are stipulations in my user agreement that allow for web hosting on a computer that isn’t *solely* for webhosting. So I think I am probably ok, since I use my linux box for everything. It’s my baby.

So I got a comment from a person whom I don’t know, asking to host comments for them. Now that is cool, I think. I like being helpful and aiding people. Especially when I can do something for someone that lets them get something free when it would otherwise cost them money. At the same time, I like having a cable modem and I’m not willing to endanger my service contract and get kicked off of it.

So as for hosting comments for people with whom I do not know, such as Anthony (a friend of the Pope?), I’m going to have to decline comments to.

If people were interested and needed comments inexpensively, I could be easily convinced to open up a comment hosting service for a charge of $6 per year. The reason for the charge is not to make money, but to pay for the cost of being hosted on a server that is made for such things (and also to kick back a little monaay to the guy who wrote the comment system, so that he doesn’t sue my butt!). I’ve always kinda wanted to do this sort of thing anyway, so this appeals to anyone, feel free to post here, or email me (david_heigl puttheathere insightbb dotgoeshere com).

However, as I’d imagine that people probably are not interested in paying for these comments, I would heartily recommend Sensus Plenior as a more than viable alternative. Barlow (author of sensus plenior) charges $20 per year and has a wonderful comment system. People like Jon use sensus plenior, if you would like to see a demo.

So there you have it. I’m sorry I can’t feed the world (or at least provide comments to it) but I can’t. I wish I could, honestly. I think it would be fun. But I can’t. I just can’t.

  1. We, or at least I, really appreciate your hosting of comments for us/me.


  2. hehe, no prob keith. (:

  3. im sorry dave, i shouldnt have asked. it was a lark, and i didnt think it through.
    thank you

  4. Blame me. I told him to do it. (idiot, idiot)

  5. no worries guys. I just had to nip it in the bud. No one is at fault. Peace.

  6. know of anywhere where you can get free comments hosting?

  7. One of the few places I know of to still get free comments is

    Good luck!

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