I’ve had a few emails in response to the post about comments. Just to clarify:
1. I am NOT banning comments or ending the comments box function completely.
2. Rather the individual writers at the blog will decide for themselves whether they want to open up their posts to discussion.
3. Old threads will be closed down (but remain for viewing) so as to eliminate the main problem of abusive comments and spamming of old posts. Hopefully in the future comments will only be active on posts which are on the front page of the site and not deep down in the archives. This should solve the main problem.
3. In addition, readers who want to make a longer comment, can email me with their views for inclusion in the new regular feature ‘Reader’s View’.
Hope that clears up any misunderstandings. Cheers.