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The over 400,000 comments on this website constitute perhaps 75% of the total content material, so supporting the effective production and reading of comments must obviously be a central goal of our software. Over the years, a few longtime Sailerites have produced many thousands of comments each, reaching into the hundreds of thousands of words, with one determined individual now having crossed the 650,000 word mark, the equivalent of writing several lengthy books on a single blogsite.
Even careful writers are prone to occasional errors or typos, and there have been numerous requests for a capability of editing comments to correct these, which I am happy to now provide. Henceforth, any submitted comment will have an “Edit” link available for the first five minutes, allowing the text to be corrected or deleted.
More importantly, the website now allows readers to locate the aggregate production of a single commenter, by accessing his accumulated archives, organized by date or other characteristics, and conveniently provided as a “Comments Archive” link next to each of his comments. For example, clicking on the link for “John Emerson” brings up the full archive of his 1,317 comments, which total 140,000 words. In effect, the system now transforms every commenter into a quasi-blogger, with his total wisdom or lack thereof over the years made available for everyone to examine and review. Perhaps in some cases, the ideological evolution of a given individual will become apparent, though I haven’t noticed much myself.
All this commenting material is organized by name, with virtually all of these being pseudonyms intended to maintain anonymity and protect the identity of their writers. All the comments themselves have been publicly available on the Internet for years, and easily accessible via search engine. However, any of these commenters who wish to prevent their archives from being conveniently made available in the new system should contact their blogger and we will gladly honor this request.