I have occasionally been criticized, both in public and in private, for not hosting comments on this blog. Some have suggested that I am simply avoiding dialogue with those who might disagree with me. My response has always been that anyone is free to write to me and that I invariably answer such e-mail. If the exchange is interesting enough that others might want to read it, I am perfectly willing to post it here. I have been reluctant to take on the obligation of reading all the comments that my essays might attract and deciding whether some response is in order, however. That task, if taken on at all, should be done well, and I don’t know that I have the time or patience to do that. I am in awe of those who do take on that obligation in relation to their blogs, though I sometimes wonder if such people need to get a life.
Anyway, I made an embarrassing discovery the other day while updating some of the boilerplate of my blog pages. Whereas my regular Web site, Lionel Deimel’s Farrago, has a link to send me e-mail on virtually every page, Lionel Deimel’s Web Log had no such link anywhere. A blog reader might easily discover how to write to me by leaving the blog for the Web site, but he or she might just as easily conclude that I was unreachable.
The omission, of course, was inadvertent, and I apologize for it. I have now added a link for sending e-mail to me, and you can find it below my photograph at the left of the page. I encourage you to make use of it.
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