Up until four days ago, I had been buying maybe three albums a year at best. But then I downloaded iTunes 4, complete with the unobtrusive little “Music Store” button in the corner. Now it’s open season. So far I’ve bought about six or seven albums worth of music in four days. This constitutes an increase in my rate of buying music of roughly 17,000%. (Ahh, extrapolation.)
So in light of that, it’s a good thing I have a new writing contract. I have to say that I’m quite pleased with my current employers. When I arrived at work on the first morning, not only did I have a phone number and a valid email address, not only could I connect to the web and the intranet, but I could even see printers out on the network. But wait, there’s more… when I opened my desk drawer, I discovered that they had given me a Swingline stapler. Not a red Swingline stapler, but a Swingline stapler nonetheless. It doesn’t get much better than this, folks.
Anyway, in other news: I’ve decided to open up comments on this journal. Here’s why. In the discussion on Jacques Distler’s weblog about my earlier post about XHTML standards compliance, Phil Ringnalda had some thoughtful comments about the worthiness of my “Test #3″, comments that I need to factor in to my thinking. But Phil also commented:
“I wonder how long it will be before those of us with comments enabled think twice about linking to a weblog post without comments, knowing that we will become the comment host for that entry, for our readers.”
For a long time, I’ve specifically disallowed comments on this journal. Partly because I’ve never viewed this site as a “public forum”. Partly because it could end up being a PITA to spend time squashing spam and hateful/racist comments. But mostly because there is nothing sadder than seeing a journal with post after post ending with “Comments (0)”. This is not really a problem for the Alphas, but for the rest of us… well, web logging is self-indulgent enough. We might as well not call attention to the fact that we are shouting out into the wilderness.
Despite all that, Phil has a point. I posted a piece that lends itself to discussion — and I didn’t provide any communications facility other than emailing me directly. This barrier was too high, which is really too bad. I’ve read Phil Ringnalda in the past, and I consider him to be one of the Alphas who really has put some serious thought into standards and their implementation on his site. Not to mention that my thinking certainly hasn’t crystallized on these MIME-type issues yet. So perhaps I missed an opportunity for an educational discussion — if so, that was a blown call.
Thus, an experiment: comments are now open on all subsequent posts. (And on the XHTML 100.) If they turn out to be more trouble than they’re worth, or if nobody is bothering to enter any, I’ll just end the experiment. (Of course, this doesn’t preclude me from padding the numbers by starting arguments with myself.)