Milestones Achieved
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  • Anthony

    WRM, your comment section allows same freedom and flexibility to write exactly as you like on anything you think has both your attention and interest…

    ViaMeadia’s commonsense standards are both estimable and appropriate.

  • David

    Thank you, Dr Mead, for your wisdom and thought provoking commentary on all matters of civil society that truly matter to us all. I will continue reading and learning as long as you continue sharing your thoughts with all of us. I just wish the main stream media would report half the substance that you do. I am continually amazed at the breadth of your knowledge and how well you can explain complicated concepts in such plain language.

  • SteveMG

    It’s obvious (I don’t think this warrants a Drudge siren alert) that the quality of the posts influences the quality of the comments.

    If a blogger or poster is making well reasoned and thoughtful posts – even on contentious issues – commenters will follow (for the most part; there’s always one guy, no?).

    If they’re slinging out mud, commenters will join in the mudfest.

    ViaMedia is clearly in the former camp.

  • Mick The Reactionary

    @Mead

    “more than 2000 posts have gone up up on the site and readers have posted more than 25,000 comments”

    It would be 12.5 comments per post.
    I just don’t see it. Rarely one sees a post with more than a few (a single digit number) comments.

    Perhaps your comment controllers trap many/most comments.
    But then 12.5 comments/post are submitted, not published.

    Insti sends a lot of traffic to this site, I’m surprised it is not doing much better.

    • Walter Russell Mead

      @Mick the Reactionary: No, they are published. At least that is what WordPress tells us. Some of the longer posts attract many more comments; that may be what you are missing.

  • Kris

    “readers have posted more than 25,000 comments”

    And roughly 35,000 of those comments were posted by a certain Kris.

    It seems to me that the approval of comments has slowed during your London trip, which has the obvious unfortunate result of inhibiting discussion in the comments section. Without wishing to sound demanding, could this work not be offloaded onto the interns, and if it has, then discharged more quickly?

    [WRM’s grandmother favors Kris with a hard look.]

    Ah, and I obviously congratulate you on these milestones, and take this occasion to thank you and the team for your work on this fine blog, which has become one of my regular reads. (As I endeavor to prove with each and every post of yours. 🙂 )

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