Hello Again & Harriet & Comments
This seems like as good of a time as any to re-introduce myself as a Harriet citizen, so here I go:
Hi. How's it going?
First up on the to-do list? Comments!
Let's talk about the comments.
First of all, thanks to everyone for their suggestions and input over the past week in response to Cathy’s post, “A Few Harriet Statistics.” The response has been instructive in many ways, and we're grateful to have had it here.
As Cathy stated, we're constantly trying to strike the balance between lively, engaged discussion and roller-derby free-for all on the site (Harriet wouldn’t be Harriet without a bit of both). To that end, we’ll be implementing new design features in the coming weeks, the first of which is multiple comment threads. Commenters now have the option to either reply to the general thread of a post, or to reply directly to a previous comment. As Annie noted, some of the seemingly digressive streams are incredibly generative, so we encourage you to thread deeply and often (that sounds like some kind of innuendo, but it’s not, I swear!).
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And while it's true that Catullus existed, and language is a great mutable thing we should celebrate in all its various forms, we have certain standards here, and we hope they help foster and encourage conversation, and so we're going to enforce them.
Travis Nichols is the author of two books of poetry: Iowa (2010, Letter Machine Editions) and See Me Improving (2010); and he is the author of two novels: Off We Go Into the Wild Blue Yonder (2012) and The More You Ignore Me (2013). He has contributed to The Believer, Paste, The...