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  1. akatz says:

    Whether you like it or not, shutting down the comments system is going to be perceived as an attempt at social control. The leadership of the OJ world is not used to having its weltanschauung challenged. Those who write for the OJ world are used to disseminating propaganda, and not having to deal with critics, except to challenge the critics’ motives.
    Loshon hara can be dealt with by banning posters who engage in such.
    Your readers will be able to decide whether those who were banned were banned appropriately, or whether there was an effort to shut down debate.
    Time constraints, loshon hara….all that is very nice, but I don’t believe it is what is behind the need to shut down comments, and neither will many other people. It’s an attempt to control which comments get heard and to shut down dissent.
    There is so much social control in the OJ world, and it’s extraordinarily unhealthy.
    The knee-jerk reaction is, and apparently always will be, that those who criticize are sinners of one sort or another.
    I don’t believe most of the writers here can handle much in the way of dissent; they have been sheltered from it for most of their lives, and live in a bubble of mutually reinforcing opinions that contribute to smugness and arrogance that peeks through every other post on this blog.

  2. Isaac says:

    I agree that the present format is more valuable to me than the previous one. I am interested in seeing dialogue, but I am mostly intested in seeing thoughtful, informed dialogue. This new format seems to result in your chosen authors posting more prolificly in response to each other, which is good. It would be even better:
    – If more of your authors would post and interact more often. (For example, I’m still waiting to hear from R’ Feldman, and I’d love to hear more from R’ Rosenblum.)
    – If fewer of the posts were comment-free links.
    – The more thoughtful, informed authors you have who are interested in being somewhat prolific.
    – If you did something to the format to make it work better for dialogue. Perhaps putting comments in chronological order and/or allowing for threading would be good, or perhaps just an standard “Parent” link for replies. I realize that these wouldn’t necessarily be trivial to implement and would bring up their own problems.

    In general, I’m very excited about this blog and about the authors you’ve assembled so far. May you gu from strength to strength.

  3. Agnoxodox says:

    an option would be to have each person have a sub blog http://person.cross-currents.com and use the planet software (http://www.planetplanet.org/) to aggregate them. Each person could then moderate their own blog, and you would comment on each other via trackbacks. Your tech people should have no problem setting this up.

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