VM Upgrades: The Return of Comments
Published on: March 25, 2013
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  • Mark Crowley

    Thanks for finding a way to facilitate comments again. I look forward to further insights from the other readers. Keep up the good work of making us all think about things more deeply.

  • rheddles

    Thank you. But on reading the headline my heart did skip a beat with the thought that there would be an update to the 370 operating system. Those events did not always go well.

  • A welcome upgrade. I particularly appreciate the edit button. Flying fingers don’t always hit the right keys.

  • WRM

    Glad to welcome old friends back, and hope to see new people on the site as well. Also, thanks to the staff for being willing to take this on.

  • Jonathan Wong

    Wonderful news! Thank you so much for allowing me the opportunity of learning from a kaleidoscope of great minds.

  • close_reader

    Bravo, and thanks.

  • Thanks for bringing back comments. Smart move, too. Here’s a thought: check out the experience of Slate’s comment feature, The Fray, in its early years around the early 2000s. It was moderated and employed a system of recognizing outstanding comments and commenters, all of which certainly is staff intensive, but it was also a terrific example of serious reader involvement. Regular Slate writers frequently replied to Fray posts. I think it’s fair to say that the editors promoted The Fray because it was a major attraction to readers of the magazine. For all the proliferation of online magazines and blogs, I don’t think anyone has quite matched the appeal of The Fray.

    • @facebook-507873299:disqus as you may have noticed, we’re using this plaform called Disqus. We’ve all used it on other blogs and liked what it did. We hope the community upvoting of good posts will help the best stuff rise to the top. And in the meantime, we’ll all try to participate as much as we can so it really does feel more like a conversation.

  • Happycrow

    Glad to hear it. One of the nice things about the comments was getting other readers’ takes. While I can always put up commentary on my own blog (a flimsy little thing seen by few even on its best days), that’s a far cry from getting to actually have a solid discussion.
    -Russ in Texas

  • Scott Morgan

    If I promise to use my real name, play nice, and maybe post my photo will you bring back “The Long Recall” so I can have the Civil War in real time? Please?

    OK, that’s probably too much to ask but thank you nonetheless for continuing to try new approaches to this evolving medium. I’m not sure I like being voted on as popularity was never my strength but I suspect it will help the quality of posts.

  • Thanks so much! You’re one of the two best writers in the blogosphere in my opinion (the other is Steve Sailer) and I always enjoy your posts even (or perhaps especially) when I disagree.

    I’ll take extra care to moderate my own comments and will certainly make full use of the edit button both for typos and amygdala eruptions. BTW, where is that edit button? I don’t see it.

    • @LukeLea It should be next to Reply and Share on your own posts. Let me know if you’re not seeing it…

  • I have been reading for a couple of years now and I’m glad to see comments back again.

  • A welcome addition. I will especially enjoy commenting and following along with the longer essays.

  • johngbarker

    I am excited to rejoin the great conversation.

  • USNK2

    Best of luck in creating a genuine community of interest at TAI.

  • How do you upload your picture?

  • I’ve really missed the comments, well most of them anyway! Thanks so much for bringing them back. There were times I was dying to comment on some of the posts and it will be good to be able to “let fly” again. Great community that I always thought had some of the best commentary around on the wide variety of posting topics. It will be good to have the benefit of all the experience that resides here. Good show Doc Mead! Keep up the good work.

  • Eurydice

    I’m thrilled that this function has returned and look forward to the spirited exchange. BTW, I am also not seeing the “edit” feature

  • Dan King

    I’m all in favor of comments, and for just the reasons you describe. I’ll even leave a few myself.

    You mention your business model, and detail your expenses (and presumably expensive staff). But you don’t say where the revenue comes from. When you have that figured out, please let us know. I could use some revenue for my blog as well.

  • Coach Lerch

    The major problem with online comment sections is that people use them to either find tribal support for their own views or antagonize individuals with opposing perspectives. I hope the readers attracted to this website have a real willingness to engage in meaningful discourse, most of which involves listening. May the Academy and Lyceum be reborn on the pages of VM!

  • This is great news, because VM had already attracted some fabulously thoughtful commenters, and it was a pity to cut this off.

    I was lucky to discover WRM’s blog shortly after it was started, and have been reading it ever since daily. And as a devoted — not to say addicted — regular, I was thrilled to see that you hope “to change the world and not just to reflect on it.” I sure hope you’ll succeed — come to think of it, it’s also a nicely timed announcement for this season of spring/Passover/Easter.

  • disqus_nMax91s2Gf

    Welcome back and thanks for answering cri de guerre of many longtime readers.

    • Anthony

      I found it.

  • I like the Disqus platform. It works well with Firefox under Windows and Linux. It can easily be allowed when using ad blockers like Ghostery.

  • Lorenz Gude

    Thank you WRM for bringing back the interaction. The loss made the blog feel surprisingly more like a print publication, albeit a fine one. As a card carrying member of the Eastern Intellectual Establishment I recognize and appreciate the style with which this blog addresses social and political issues with the intent of defining problems in new ways and suggesting possible solutions without ideological excess or endlessly presenting stale ideas as if they were new.

  • Nice! But why allow anonymity? I think it’s a better discourse if people “own” their comments, as they generally had to in past media.

  • Jim Luebke

    The thing I find most fascinating is that despite Mead’s stated aim to reform (not end) the Blue model and his admitted affiliation as a “not very partisan” Democrat, the comment section seems to attract more right-of-center than left-of-center kibbitzers.

    Is this a sign that the no matter how intelligent, no matter how devoted to finding a realistic and humane path forward a blog might be, if it criticizes the deeply-held beliefs of Leftist ideology (even constructively!) Liberals just won’t read it?

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