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Don't make me regret this!
This may prove to be my worst idea in a long time, but a little announcement for this blog: I have decided to enable comments for subscribers.
Why am I doing this, then? A few reasons. First, just because I’d like to give a little added value to subscribers. But more importantly, I think that the platform that typically hosts conversations around this blog — Twitter — is becoming less suitable for that role. People just don’t use that site as much as they used to; I know that a lot of my readers aren’t active there anymore.
I’m doing this pretty reluctantly because I welcome neither the drama nor the moderation duties that come with comments. So this is an experiment, and if we can’t make it work, I’m not going to let it become a problem for myself or for readers. Ultimately this site is a blog, not a message board. With that in mind, here’s how I’m going to do this.
Keep it substantive. If you want to do ad hom, take it to Twitter.
Don’t talk to anyone on here like you’re their manager. It’s almost always a good idea to rephrase imperative sentences as requests.
Read the article before you comment on it!!!
I reserve the right to moderate these comments at whim, in particular to remove things that are going to get me in trouble or that I think are annoying.
Let’s see how this goes. In my experience, blog comments sections are usually either a ghost town or a complete disaster; but every so often, you’ll get some interesting conversations, and in rare cases you’ll even see some kind of community emerge. I’m hoping for the best.
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