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Happy Commenting

I'll interrupt our irregularly scheduled programming for a quick meta note on MetaEzra: The site now features a commenting feature powered by Disqus. This is actually a pretty big change for the site. Until now, all user commenting was done via email and subsequent reblogging, or guest posting which can segue into full blown associate editor status, a la Mr. Jost.

Over the last couple of years, readers often asked me why I didn't allow people to comment on the site, and the answer was pretty much three-fold: 1) I could never find a commenting system that had the polish, control, and spam-free features that I desired; 2) concerns over the tenor of any commenting conversations; and 3) the desire not to have a website that offered commenting features but was actually devoid of comments. Despite the 10,000 or so visits MetaEzra receives a month, it's not entirely clear to me that a lot of people actually want to comment on our content.

I'm still not optimistic about the prospect of comments, but it's worth a trial period with a system as nice as Disqus. So consider this an experiment. Its success depends on you, our readership, however.

Happy commenting.

Matthew Nagowski | Posted on April 08, 2011 (#)

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