As of now, all previous posts (a few over 70) have been edited to conclude with the standard comment section most people expect to find on blogs. (Previously, comments had to be directed to a separate email address, johnjustthinking.com, and each post concluded with a note to that effect. The change this week brings my blog into line with a more familiar method of supporting readers’ comments.
The new access for readers will be the kind referred to as “modified comments.” That means I’ll have a chance to review each comment before it actually shows up “in public,” so to speak. My exercising prior review is not to silence comments that take issue with me or that come from a different worldview. But it will enable me to screen out commenters using the blog for their own personal soapboxes, overly lengthy entries, and inappropriate language like name-calling or personal attacks. And, of course, in the case of all published comments, I may choose to respond or not.