I’ve shut off comments here for a number of reasons, the most important being that there just isn’t a critical mass of readers. The only articles here that generate a lot of comments are those on Kory Stamper, which probably speaks to the fact that the writing here is too eclectic. But while I did accept comments, I accepted them all and deleted the spam.
Brad DeLong posted an article by Owen Thomas about limiting commenting to “experts.” I find the idea offensive in a number of ways, but mostly I just wonder if such people realize that their readership would fall through the floor if they did so.
A commenter, Cawley, wrote:
I could not help myself. I replied to the comment:
And what did DeLong do? He proved my point by refusing my comment. What a dolt! He should stop embarrassing himself.
Comments are back on, but I am moderating them.