I’ve been very pleased in general with what’s happened with the article comments and forums. A lot of really smart and sophisticated people have taken to posting, and I myself have learned an awful lot. Additionally, all the conversations have (hopefully) made this site more useful and interesting without me really having to lift a finger. (I don’t always have time to repond to forum posts and comments, but I do read almost all of them).
Lately, as people have no doubt noticed, there have been a lot of disagreements in the forums. I think this is good–the only way to really know what’s going on is to hear both sides of the debate, to make sure you have all the info, and to ensure that your arguments are airtight.
Unfortunately some of these debates have been accompanied by an increasingly negative conversational tenor. People have started to bag on one another and to get fairly combative, and the line between attacking a person’s argument and attacking the person has blurred.
So I’d like to take the opportunity to humbly request that everyone try to keep things positive. The fact that we can have intelligent topical debates without getting into flame wars says a lot about our little community – let’s keep it up!
Lastly, I want to thank everyone for their kind words in the recent forum thread about this site. I am very gratified that the site has been of help to people, as that has always been the #1 purpose of the Econo-Almanac.