I have some information to share about the changes coming up this week. The new website is scheduled to launch today, and you will be allowed to comment on all editorial content directly on our opinion webpage. Yes, you will be required to do so through Facebook, and yes, I’m aware that many people are unhappy about that decision.
In any event, the expanded use of comments on the website means there is no reason to set up the same content on a separate blog with links. As a result, the RoundTable will be discontinued starting today. Over the years, our ability to provide you with additional content has gone up and down. Even when we’ve done so, most of the interest has remained on the content that also appears in the print edition, as it should. More recently, our department has been downsized, and we’ve had less time to devote to the blog.
The bottom line is that the only thing missing will be the open threads, but it’s often the case that the letters become essentially an open thread, and you are welcome to use them as such. I hope in time to post each letter separately on the webpage because I think each one will get more attention that way. But I’m not going to get too ambitious this week. Let’s get the website up first and make improvements from there. Let me know if you like that idea.
Editorial page editor