One of the things I love about blogging is the ability, every once in a while, to stir up some engaging commentary from my readers. (It seems my Facebook posts do that quite frequently.) I generally like all blog comments, even from those who disagree with me, as long as they can disagree respectfully.
But recently, my blog has been receiving comments from the dregs of social media: spammers. Even if they seem like legitimate comments, I really don't want to hear from ViagraGal, WorkfromHome, StudyOnline, BestGamblingSite. Because of these low-life commenters, I've finally been forced to turn on comment moderation. GRRRR. These people want to fill my comment space with irrelevant advertising, so I'm now going to keep them out.
In systems thinking, we talk a lot about inputs, but how often do we discuss filtering out the unwanted inputs? How do we keep out the crap? In HR, they do screenings to prevent less-than-desirable hires from reaching the employment status. In project management, we maintain controls to prevent scope creep from adding to our work.
What about in your job? What are the undesirable work-turds filling your in-baskets? What are the safeguards you can use to keep them out?
(And for those who use your real name to comment on my blog with relevant commentary, please be patient with me as I get used to publishing your comments as they appear in my in-box).