I’d love to comment on your posts at Tenured Radical 3.0 more frequently, but your hosts at the Chronicle of Higher Education have made it very difficult for me. At first, I used an old Disqus account–the Chronicle’s software recognized that account and let me post via that account earlier this summer. Then last week, the Chronicle forced me to get a Chronicle account in order to post. I did that, but now of course I can’t remember all of my login information, and since it’s about the eleventybillionth danged login I’ve created in order to engage in blog commentary and internet commerce, it all just seems too exhausting for me to cope with.
Why can’t I just comment over there under my username and my URL? Is there any way the Chronicle software gurus could fix this? Why all the super-secret, password-protected bullcrap?
One might think that the Chronicle wants us to log in so that they can monitor the tone of discussion on their articles and posts, but the comments over there don’t appear to be moderated any more than the comments on most mainstream U.S. online publications. Some of the new commenters who have drifted over to TR 3.0 are bringing down the quality of conversation, and I wonder if some of your regular readers and commenters at Tenured Radical 2.0 would agree.
I just wanted you to know that I miss being a part of the conversation, and that my absence is not due to my disinterest in your posts. I am, however, pretty disinterested in mixing it up with commenters like this, who are just trying to derail a promising conversation. Where else can I go for a smart conversation about the cultural significance of Jo Calderone? After all, I’m only a lesbian on the internets–and like most of your readers, my real life is much, much duller without you.