Several times over the last few months you have made false claims about Spectrum’s readership. Last I checked, you don’t have access to our Google Analytics, so I’m not sure why you insist on writing about things you have no knowledge on. Any commenter can seen Discourse’s “views” - that is, the number of people who have viewed an article on Discourse. But as has been stated numerous times, Discourse is not our website. It is a commenting platform, and the vast majority of our readership has never commented. In fact, they’ve never even clicked over to Discourse to see the comments, so Discourse’s “views” aren’t any reflection on our website readership.
Our readership has grown over the last several years and continues to grow. As has been stated publicly in various places, our audience averages 90,000 unique readers per month. In high peak times, such as Annual Council, we see between 500,000 and 1,000,000 unique readers.
It is interesting to hear you continue to complain about the commenters leaving, when you are one of the main commenters who pushes for people who don’t share your point of view to be suspended/banned from commenting. When someone is suspended/banned, and you agree with the decision, you cheer for months (and sometimes years), bringing up their name again and again in comments, and throwing the whole commenting thread off topic. When you cheer for someone to be banned and we don’t do it, you then turn your attacks on our editors, with false claims like this, saying Spectrum has gone downhill since different leadership took over.
It is true we are seeing less commenters. We are also seeing less toxicity over all, which we are grateful for. While we wish that a robust and healthy comment section could exist, we have yet to find that anywhere on the internet, though we continue to look for ways to facilitate that here. As always, we ask that all commenters engage in polite and respectful discourse of each other, whether they agree or disagree. And to remember that though we sit behind computer screens, we are all human, and perpetuating false narratives and bullying - whether of commenters you disagree with or of the editors who work very hard at what they do - is not conducive to the thriving community you say you want to see here again.