Why there are no open comment threads on this blog

Dear Internet:

I think you’re funny and interesting, and, well, I’ve had some stuff on my mind. And in a way, I’d love to talk to all of you. But in another, more accurate way, I’d like to talk to some of you. ❤ Namely, I’d like to talk to those of you who are thinking things all the way through, talking in ways other people can hear, and just generally not being a dick about it. I love you people.

And, while I do love it when I find you on the internet – which I am doing more and more, lately – I have to admit, I don’t want to talk to all of you at the same time. Twitter, however revolutionary, is like trying to have a conversation at a noisy bar. I’m an introvert, man. It’s just not going to happen.

On the other hand, I value dissent and debate a lot. I like friends who amiably show me when I am wrong, and fortunately for me, I have a lot of them. So here’s what I’m going to try.

There is no comment box on this or any article on this blog. However, you will see discussion. The participants are a few dozen people who I know personally, who are invested in interesting, meaningful debate. They’re using persistent pseudonyms, because I recommended they do so. They comment via an invite-only Branch. (It’s hacky, but so far it’s the only way I’ve found to do this.) If you’re not a member of this blog, you’re able to read our discussions, but you’re not going to be able to comment on the blog itself. It’s not that we don’t love you, it’s just that, well, John Scalzi is at least half right.

So let’s see what happens. Sometimes we will add people, but it won’t be a lot of people, and it won’t be often. Not every viewpoint is going to be represented here. If you think you can have a more complete discussion on your own blog or twitter account, by all means, go for it. For me, this isn’t about getting you to talk about this stuff with me. It’s to get you to talk about this stuff with each other.

Yours,

— Moderator

(Note, this functionality isn’t up and running yet. This blog just got started.)