I’ve commented here on the decreasing number of those contributing to discussions at BioLogos – majoring, of course, on the unwillingness of most of their own people to get involved.
Well, now it seems the problem is to be solved by closing comments on most of their articles, following the controversial lead of Popular Science. People are to reply by e-mail, and the “best” will be put in a “Letters to the editor” section.
BioLogos makes reference to the “no holds barred” nature of blog comboxes, which might inhibit people from commenting. Those who know BioLogos will be able to judge for themselves what a bearpit of venom it is compared, say, to Why Evolution is True or Sandwalk. Or even, come to that, Uncommon Descent, which manages to keep a lively and often civilised conversation going between people of hugely disparate positions. The original posters even get involved themselves!
But here, I see from my site statistics that I had 660 visits here yesterday, but no comments. Do you think that’s a clear sign I should close down comments?