It’s been a few weeks now since I started putting all comments in moderation (roughly) between the hours of 7 p.m. and 7 a.m. That has worked out well, I think, and I’m not planning to change that anytime soon. In the spirit of compromise, however, I’m going to experiment with something this weekend: an open thread.
I’ve never done an open thread, which I’ve seen other bloggers use as a way for readers to talk about whatever topic they choose. It would probably make more sense on my blog if I were stricter about keeping comments on-topic, but I do have a reason for doing it: I’d like to keep commenting on-topic for my Sunday print column, which I typically post here on Friday evenings.
So, here’s what I’d like to try: On Friday afternoons, I’ll post the open thread for the weekend, on which y’all can keep talking politics, swap YouTube links, talk sports, whatever — as long as you continue to follow the rules, I don’t care which topics you address. My request from y’all is that you stick to the topic on the Sunday column post.
If it works, I may kick off each week’s open thread with an apolitical topic of my own. It might one day evolve to take on more of a regular theme on my part, a la Jay’s Friday travelin’ music. Or it might not. We’ll have to see how it goes. And if it becomes too much of a magnet for trashy talk that creates too many headaches, I’ll have no qualms about ending it.
That was far too long to be a preamble for something else, so I’ll leave it at that. Without further ado, here is your weekend OPEN THREAD. Enjoy.
– By Kyle Wingfield