Comments

From time to time, the question of comments on the Dish comes up. I've never had them and when I've raised the issue, the emails have run strongly against adding them. On a personal level, I like finding the sharpest comments, editing and posting them myself; and my in-tray is among the most informed on the web. I should add that I'd keep doing this with or without comments and I sure hope you wouldn't stop emailing me directly.

Still: many readers want comments, and now I have the Atlantic infrastructure to manage them, it's a good time to revisit the question. Most other blogs have them; they give readers a place to write and vent and discuss. No one has to read them. The experience of reading the Dish would not be affected if you don't like comments by a little extra spinach at the end of posts. I'd keep doing what I've always done - which is read your emails and post the best - but readers would also be able to comment spontaneously, without my filter. Some have criticized this blog for not having them, as if I'm scared or something. My only worry is personal, anti-gay or anti-HIV diatribes. But they're out there anyway, I suppose, and tend to indict the emailer rather than yours truly. So what the hell?

So it occurred to me to leave it to you. It's a simple poll question; I'll post it every day this week, and close off voting at noon on Friday. You can vote any number of times, so those who care strongly about this - pro and con - can have their passions reflected. This blog has become as much about you as me over the years, and on a question like this, it seems appropriate to engage in a little direct democracy. Maybe I'll regret it - but it's your call. Let me know, if you care enough either way.

2006-2011 archives for The Daily Dish, featuring Andrew Sullivan

Join the Discussion

After you comment, click Post. If you’re not already logged in you will be asked to log in or register.

blog comments powered by Disqus

Video

The Best 71-Second Animation You'll Watch Today

A rock monster tries to save a village from destruction.

Video

The Case for Napping at Work

Most Americans don't get enough sleep. More and more employers are trying to help address that.

Video

A Four-Dimensional Tour of Boston

In this groundbreaking video, time moves at multiple speeds within a single frame.

Video

Who Made Pop Music So Repetitive? You Did.

If pop music is too homogenous, that's because listeners want it that way.

Video

Stunning GoPro Footage of a Wildfire

In the field with America’s elite Native American firefighting crew

Just In