Why are Comments Disabled?

Some people cannot make the live sessions, or do not want to make them, but still want to be engaged in the content. The theme I see here: make the videos more accessible, which in turn helps more people view them.

A win-win situation, right?

I do care about accessibility issues, but I am less concerned about what seems to be (and this is where I stop being charitable) entitled online consumerist behaviour.

RedRisks is not about making things extra easy for you but more about giving you the option to chose and not be led.

My position as to why the comments are disabled.

I am attempting to do something different here, and I am trying not to chase after the likes. 

As you can see from past guests and upcoming ones, they are all over the risk and safety management spectrum.

Firstly, YouTube, and for whatever reason YouTube comments get especially nasty. Disabling the comments helps prevent that.

Secondly, this has to do with the “broken window theory.” For the first couple of videos I posted on YouTube I left the comments enabled. Right away bots started commenting, and people started saying nasty things about guests.

I know people who run popular YouTube channels, and they put a lot of effort into pruning their comments to get rid of things like this.

If the comments were enabled and I did not prune them, the essence of the broken window theory would come true: signs of bad behaviour will encourage further bad behaviour. Disabling the comments helps prevent that. So that’s that.

There is another thing going on here though, and I will refer to it as being the RedRisks Effect.

RedRisks has been having wonderful people support through their effort, either through our current facilitators or the “StreamTeam,” but on the administrative side, this is still mainly a one-man operation.

I am not a marketer, or a video or podcast editor, or a customer service representative. Given this, you are going to get poor audio quality, or spelling mistakes on the website, or lamely written event descriptions, or worse, mistakes in actual event times.

The trade-off for this sloppiness is volume, and experiential value. RedRisks is providing an incredible amount of volume, and the focus here is on the live experience, which is not the same as watching or listening to a session.

Having low production value for the spectacle, almost as a form of anti-marketing, makes it inconvenient to “the consumers,” which filters them out.

RedRisks is not about running a slick operation, at least not at the moment. RedRisks may not have the subscription metrics as some of bigger platforms, but I have no issue in pulling the same calibre of guests.

People have been telling me that they “feel” something is different with RedRisks, and this is the feeling I am betting on.

I am betting on you feeling into the daemonic energy going on here, which is the same energy that comes online when you feel most alive, because this is exactly where life is.

While I am happy to be your RedRisks Live Event host, I am not here to paternalistically guide your experience, and nudge you towards a storyline.

I am discovering the story with you, word by word.