The Comments Issue

There are a lot of new Dish readers right now and I am getting more and more emails like this one:

Why is there not a comments option on your entries? Wait, scratch that, I have seen comments sections before and know how they can get. But maybe some policing or something? Dammit man, your readers are intelligent and deserve to talk with each other!

I’ve debated this on and off for years, but gave the readers the choice earlier this year. They voted overwhelmingly to keep the Dish comment-free. Maybe I’ll have another poll in a few months. My general views about blogging and reader interaction are in my new essay, "Why I Blog." I find reading your emails, and editing them and posting them is a more civilized way of airing debate.