You can edit your comments!

I've added a feature where you can edit your comment for up to an hour after you post it. That way, if you see mistakes you can correct them, tweak a clumsy sentence ot two, whatever. You won't be able to delete your comment (it messes up the 1, 1.1, 1.1.1 thingy), but if you have second thoughts you can always erase what you wrote and put something else in its place, say, "Suffering from second … [Read more...]

We’ve moved!

Many thanks to Fr. John Schroedel of Orthodox Internet Services (the man behind the wheel) who loaded the truck and moved us into our new home -- all the way from Hawaii! What will you see? In addition to the great commentary and timely news you have come to expect from the AOI Observer, you should see faster load times, the elimination of time-outs (the dreaded "internal server errors") and a … [Read more...]

Help us help you strengthen Orthodoxy in America!

Last chance to donate for 2009! December 18, 2009 Dear Friend: Thank you for joining the rapidly growing number of people in the United States and abroad who have made the Web site and blog of the American Orthodox Institute a “must read” for news and analysis on Orthodox Christianity. One grateful contributer writes: "AOI is providing the kind of in depth analysis and commentary that … [Read more...]

Trying nested comments

I noticed that all conversation runs in one stream. If we want to comment, we put the post number in the top corner and go from there. To follow a conversation we have to scroll up and down. Nested comments keep the conversations grouped according to respondents. Let's try it out and see if it works better. To use it, hit "Reply" in the box of the comment you are responding to. If you are not … [Read more...]

Main site makeover done

Actually, more than a makeover, a complete rebuild. Have a look. Don't forget to update your bookmarks. … [Read more...]

Somebody painted the walls when I was sleeping!

Why the new look? Here's the reason: AOI traffic took a huge jump last quarter -- over 50,000 visits each month and we are trending higher. We redesigned the main site to make it easier to post new and fresh content to meet the growing demand. The blog was last to be redesigned, but first to go live. The main site switch-over will occur next week. Is the new design functional? We hope so but we … [Read more...]

Odds and Ends

(1) Editorial decisions at the AOI Observer are made by the editors. I spent many years working as a newspaper reporter. In that business, people were always complaining about "negative" news stories. Frequently, these were stories that put their subjects in an unfavorably light. Sometimes, these very same people were complaining about negative news coverage even as they were led, in leg … [Read more...]

Guidelines for comments

Here are the guidelines for comments folks: First, any comment that does not directly address the ideas presented in the main article won't be posted. Second, AOI comments is not a debating forum although reasonable responses to other comments may be considered on a case by case basis. Most often however, they will not be posted. Third, declarations of support or non-support won't be posted … [Read more...]

Recalibrating the Conversation

One of the great things about a blog is that it's a conversation, not a monologue. The Observer is a moderated blog, but we keep it fairly open to encourage this conversation and the learning that goes on here. Those of us associated with AOI are grateful for your readership and the constant feedback. I have noticed, however, that in recent weeks some of the comments on this blog have veered … [Read more...]

Comment glitches

For some reason, the blog was automatically turning off the comment function when we added new posts. Not intentional. Apologies. … [Read more...]

Care to comment?

The American Orthodox Institute Observer is an online forum for thoughtful, civil and lively discussion of the Orthodox Christian moral tradition. All reader comments on the blog are moderated. The Observer’s editors reserve the right to delete comments that are judged to be in poor taste, off topic, or launched as a personal attack. The site is devoted to Orthodox Christianity and for that … [Read more...]