A few folks have contacted us complaining about either (1) the need to provide a Google password to post a comment on this blog or (2) the delay in seeing a comment posted, because the comments are “moderated” and your two hosts don’t check sufficiently frequently to moderate (and post) the comments soon after they’re written.

We’ve now changed the settings, so this blog will (at least temporarily; we’ll see how the experiment goes) permit comments without the need to provide a password, and we will no longer be moderating the comments. We assume this means that we’ll draw more spam and crazy stuff in the comments, but we’re willing to live with that for the sake of permitting a more open dialogue among our visitors.

So it’s now open season.

Feel free to chime in as you like — but please go easy on the spam and crazy stuff.