I don’t know this restaurant, it is called The Commentary (great name for a restaurant) but if you go to their web site here, it looks REALLY GOOD. Been a New Yorker my whole life but I do notice three things:
- I would venture to say that 75% of the New Yorkers I talk to have at least given exploratory thought to moving.
- All the things that I used to think you could only get in New York you can now get everywhere. And don’t tell me about the bagels. That is the biggest crock. I worked in town for over a quarter of a century and have eaten bagels there at least a thousand times. And elsewhere. That whole it’s-the-water-thing is delusional. OF COURSE there are some regional things here. There are regional things everywhere. That’s what regional means. But look at that restaurant, it looks good. I am learning.
- New York is not New England.
So the whole comment thing has come up a few times, and rather explain it in the comments (see what I did there?), here:
- I am very fortunate to receive email from readers here who talk about the site, and the back and forth is one of the most popular features. BUT. This isn’t Facebook. So if you say, “Hey Burton, we could have condensed that whole morning routine thing into two pieces…” (and you would be right, had you said that) and I want to say, “You’re right,” there are two ways to do that. One, I can reply to your comment. You get an email (I think, right?) that I answered you – but who needs more email? And you have to scroll down to see my note. As importantly, so does everybody else.
- Then they have to scroll back up to see what you said, and in order to understand what I said. Or vice versa, they have to scroll down to see if I said anything to what you said. And then you get this:
- I agree, not everyone wants to see big bold letters in their “space.” Italics are hard to read. On purpose. And how else are you gonna know it is me and not you? I mean, you’ll know I suppose. But no one else will.
- There are fixes, of course. Right now this site works in conjunction with the Facebook Group. FB is built for these conversations, and lines them up the right way. Not everyone is FB, I get that. But if you are, go ahead and post a link to whatever article you want to comment on over there, and we can chat back and forth without making anyone crane their necks.
- That’s a temp solution, ALTHOUGH IT IS WORKING. We have over doubled the readership to the site since we got here, and on a monthly basis tripled it. See, who wants to read italics? Unless you are Stephen King, italics are best used sparingly.
- I DON’T DELETE COMMENTS. Well, there were like 5 of them. When I do, I write whomever left the comment an email, and if they are game for it we try to figure out a different way to make their point.
- What does delete comments are these two amazing programs we use, the main one is called Akismet. It ain’t cheap but every day it prevents you from having to go through well over 1,000 (that’s a real number) of these:
- Akismet isn’t perfect, but what is? If you feel your comment got caught up in Akismet Land or something, just email me at firstname.lastname@example.org (THANKS Charlottesville). I will dig for it and put it up. I did that yesterday. You know who you are.
Have a great weekend. If you have Duck Head photos, holler. And thanks again for everything.