Now what?

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Last month, two pivotal things happened to this site that you might not be aware of. Two opportunities have presented themselves as a result.
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I’ve heard your comments and here’s what I’ve done

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Wow, what a week it’s been!

First, a little good news: After an internal site redesign, which optimized some databases and cleared out a few errant scripts, we’re moving full steam ahead. On Tuesday, we had record traffic for a non-viral story day, reaching 20,000 readers.

Thanks to all of you for making that possible, and to my webmaster, Steven Glover, for helping right the ship.

Now we’re turning to fixing the comments, both in terms of the way they display and what’s in them. I asked you to vote on which commenting system you wanted to use, and a majority favored staying with Disqus.
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5,000 posts — here are the top 5

5,000 posts.

That’s a remarkable milestone, considering that most of the posts are stories that take days, even months, to research and write.

Here are the five most popular posts that have appeared on this site since it launched in 1996.
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Should I delete this story?

One of the things I love about new media is that there’s a “delete” button. If you screw up a blog post, you can always go back and fix it — or erase the entire thing.

Maybe it’s my journalism school training, but I’ve never removed a whole post.

Today, I just might.
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