Friends, we’ve changed over to a new commenting system, as you have probably noticed. I have been receiving your emails of complaint and passing them on to our tech dude, and I assure you that we’re doing all we can to smooth things out.
First, why did we switch? Because we had been subjected to several Denial of Service attacks over the last few weeks, and my tech wizard told me that 95% of the vulnerability of our system to such attacks was in the comments fields. He tells me that this new system is more resistant to such attacks.
There are drawbacks, however. Those of you who have wrote me to tell me that you can’t log in to the new system, you’re not alone: neither can Hugh or I. And yes, the comment boxes are very small — I am trying to work on getting them enlarged, and if that is not possible, perhaps we will ultimately find some system which has the advantages of both our old setup and our new one.
There are a few bells-and-whistles features of the new system that I assure you I will be ignoring altogether, especially the one that allows readers to approve or disapprove of a comment. While on more Stalinistically-minded “conservative” sites that feature is used to monitor dissent and ban the dissenters, that will never be done here, where we still believe in free and open discussion.
Anyway, if you have any concerns, complaints, or comments about the new system, please don’t hesitate to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org, and I will pass on pertinent information to our tech maven. And thanks for your patience.