So I’m calling off the Comments-via-Email experiment. My goal had been to improve the signal-to-noise ratio, and though there was far less noise, there was far less signal too.
I’m going to keep experimenting until we get this right. At some point over the last two weeks, it struck me that maybe the problem wasn’t that y’all were commenting too much, but that I had been commenting too much.
So, for the next two weeks, I’ll turn comments back on, but I’m banning myself from participating in the forum. If I see something in comments that I want to respond to, I’ll do it on the main page. That should help sustain a higher pace of main-page posts, without placing too many barriers to readers wanting to scratch that banter itch.
Think of it as self-censorship, but not as you know it…