This is presumably my last Open Thread on Russian Reaction (posted on on A123’s request).
As I said in the previous thread, after 7 years of blogging, I will be leaving The Unz Review. Though my original intention was to focus on other, non-blogging related projects, there was such a large outpouring of demand for me to continue producing content from my loyal readership that I became increasingly uncomfortable with disappointing you and letting the diverse, vibrant, and multicultural community that has coalesced here over the years just wither away. So I decided to make an earnest effort at keeping it alive.
You’ll be able to continue reading me at Substack.
Weekly Open Threads + longreads, as often as I can manage. I won’t spam your inbox with short/Tweet like posts. For that, there’s… Twitter?
Some of you such as Dmitry and A123 have asked how we can keep the “broad” discussions we see in these Open Threads going. Substack’s main problem is that its commenting system leaves much to be desired, so I’m now sure if equivalent Open Takes there can replicate the effect. As such, it might eventually be best to find an alternative for such “free-wheeling” discussions. I notice that Scott Alexander has a forum, a Discord, and a subreddit. I am too lazy and pressed for time to run a forum, and I don’t want to mix too much with plebbitors, but perhaps Discord could be an option. Discord is often used for gaming and crypto discussions, so there’s some good intersections there, but it’s also a rather SJW platform, so not the most stable foundation to built on. More speculatively, I hear that urbit should be ready for mass adoption by early 2022. (Joining now requires jumping through hoops that will be unrealistic for most people). Let me know your thoughts in the comments. If I do decide that Substack comment-threads are insufficient, I will eventually announce it at the Substack. But this is very low priority and I can’t 100% guarantee it will even happen. Maybe Substack will suffice.
Otherwise, feel free to discuss whatever in this Open Thread. I will not be actively moderating it and will stop checking up on it after a week or two.