We will begin allowing comments for future posts on TCI. Originally we did not allow comments because of the common problem of combox flame wars and the overall distractions that comments can cause. We also wanted to have enough time to set our own tone on the website without having the danger of constant polemical exchanges in the comments. We have, however, received many very helpful emails through our contact feature over the last year, many of which would be excellent comments. Some of our posts will still not allow comments, since we do like for the longer installments to stand alone as essays. But comments could make other posts more interesting and open up a new sort of community of readers.
Comments will be moderated, and I will reserve a nearly arbitrary right to decline them if they seem abusive, distracting, or overly uniformed. I will try my best to allow for sound dissent, but this will certainly fail to satisfy everyone. I don’t really want to write out a “comment moderation” policy statement. Let prudence and charity do your heavy lifting in this department.