In Orthodoxy in Dialogue’s Facebook group we are discussing whether to begin allowing comments on the blog.

So far the polling has overwhelmingly opposed the idea. Those proffering reasons for their opposition basically agree with our original decision in August 2017 to disallow comments: experience shows that comments descend so quickly to the level of rank incivility—especially when commenters hide behind fake names—that it cheapens the publication and focuses readers’ attention more on the comments than on the actual substance of the articles. 

Be that as it may, as an interesting experiment we have opened comments on the following four posts:

  1. This one.
  2. Anglicanism, Christian Unity, and Same-Sex Love: Responding to Catherine Sider Hamilton and Ephraim Radner
  3. Giacomo Sanfilippo’s Unholy Vendetta against Faithful Orthodox Priests and Teachers
  4. On Josiah Trenham: Why the Deafening Silence from Metropolitan Joseph?

We’ll leave comments open on the above for about a week and see how it goes. Even if you’ve already read these posts, feel free to return to them and leave a comment.

We’ll terminate this experiment sooner if things quickly take an ugly turn.

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