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The Open Post Category

The Open Thread on this blog has proven to be really popular, with many of you posting insights, observations, or just news from bizarro world. However, one issue with having a long thread of comments on many different topics is that it can be difficult to follow a particular exchange as blog comments are not a good substitute for the convenience of forums. Sadly, forums are no longer a popular means of communication online.

Based on feedback from some of you, I have been thinking about ways of providing an additional outlet for comments. This led to the creation of the Open Post category. An Open Post is based on a reader comment. I may just copy and paste an interesting comment I have come across, and give it more visibility by creating a separate blog post with it, of course with proper attribution. I may also add a bit of my own commentary. In any case, the idea is to provide a means for more targeted discussion that is more similar to what forums once provided.

In order to start an Open Post, do one of the following:

  • Leave an interesting comment anywhere on my blog that makes me think that it deserves greater visibility.
  • Prefix a comment in the Open Thread with “Open Post:” to get my attention. Normally, very short comments won’t be sufficient, even though there may be exceptions. Aim for at least one well-written paragraph with an interesting insight or observation.
  • Email me with a message that has “Open Post” in the title.

My goal is to curate quality discussion. Thus, while the Open Thread is genuinely open for anyone, the Open Post is semi-open as I am the gatekeeper. You guys leave a lot of great comments on this blog, so I’m confident that we will see quite a few posts in the Open Post category.

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