Please regard this post with the utmost respect from a lurker of great renown. I have been happily, merrily, and rewardingly visiting BoingBoing for many years. I love what you do, the things you expose me to, the thoughts and conversations you spur. Most (in fact probably all of those I am concerned with) of these conversations take place off-line, with my peers family and friends. Alas, as a mostly private person, I don’t partake much of social media, feeling no need to inform anyone else about my whereabouts or doings and thinkings. This lack of digital mastication (or at least the evidence thereof) does not in any way diminish my enjoyment of your content, and this extends and was especially true regarding the comments that used to appear at the bottom of your articles/postings/findings. I have discovered that I miss them, and I believe that their absence at the bottom of your postings detracts from your overall offering. (Yes I understand that a more comprehensive and shiny system is but a click and a login away, but I must wonder how many, just like me, never make the jump._
While I completely understand your choice for redesigning/redeveloping/rethinking your comments/postings, I would be remiss if I did not register with your new system, if only to post this single critique.
I am curious however about one thing: Have you detected a drop-off in either viewership or participation now that you have implemented the new system?
Personally, my own boingboing habits have changed, and towards visiting less and spending less time when I do.
Rock on, and take my critique in stride. I am just a neo-luddite who had his cheese moved and is a little put-off. You guys do a great job, and I think that what you do is actually quite important. Didn’t want you to think that I don’t appreciate the efforts and neatness that is required to do what you all do.
A sincere and heart-felt