A curious fact…

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The libertarian blogs raged over the weekend about my revised comments policy. Many said my traffic would suffer as a result of it, which i confess I thought a somewhat egocentric view.

Yesterday was the first week day with the new policy in operation. About half of all comments were rejected — an increase from about 10%.

And traffic was 20% up on the previous week and 15% above a normal Monday. There was no especial reason for this — my Comment is Free piece not driving traffic, for example.

I call that a success: it looks like people would really rather not have those comments on this site. And that contrary to the libertarian view, they are really not the epicentre of all that happens on the web. Much as the rest of us always thought.