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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Which comments system should we use?

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Pavel Ignatov/Shutterstock

Yesterday we opened up a discussion about the rules of engagement, and our moderation team is carefully weighing your feedback. It’s been very helpful, and we’ve already made some changes based on the initial comments.

Several readers have suggested that the biggest problem with the discussion is Disqus, which I currently use to manage the comments. They don’t like the last “upgrade” (Disqus 2012) and say they can’t always access the comments.

Some readers believe Livefyre, another cloud-based commenting system, would be better. Others say we should revert to the native WordPress commenting system.

I’m open to change. So I thought we should put it to a vote.
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Changing the rules of engagement (for the better, let’s hope)

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It’s been an interesting few months for this site. Late last year we introduced a crew of volunteer moderators and a few simple rules of engagement.

But like everything else, both the rules and the roles played by the moderators evolved.

Today, I’m proposing to clarify some of the rules of engagement and to more clearly define what the moderators do.

Until now, we’ve had a very succinct comment policy and no real definition of moderator duties.
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Psst! Here’s the secret to a successful travel blog

Editor’s note: This is the final installment of my series on becoming a successful travel blogger. Here’s part one, part two, part three, part four and part five. Thanks for reading!

It’s not a lecture. It’s a debate.

That, in a nutshell, is the secret to a successful travel blog.

It’s not about you. It’s about your audience.

This represents a profound shift in the way media is consumed, so I’ll say it again: It’s not about you.
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