I only just now got around to reading A Group Is Its Own Worst Enemy, a collection of astute observations carefully documented by Clay Shirky. It’s not hard to arrive at the reason why there isn’t a comment facility on this site by reading it. I have no trouble with the technical issues, but I have a big problem with the social issues. The other day I was reading Anil Dash’s site, and in the comments for one of his items, someone had asked a question that really had nothing to do with the entry. It was just a general question addressed to Anil. If that were my site, I would have to go through and delete all such comments hastily, because they would offend me aesthetically. I don’t want to have to do that, so there’s no comment section on this site. It’s not that I don’t want to hear from people, on the contrary, I love hearing from people. I just don’t want to have to be the janitor for some kind of spontaneous community that exists to serve its own ends, and happens to have gathered on my site.