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I rarely get feedback from readers and am grateful when I do. Since we've been at this for a year, I am asking all of you readers for feedback.

What do you think of Catallarchy in general?
What do you like/dislike about it?
How did you find the blog?
How often do you read it?
How can we improve the blog?
Have your views changed at all based on what you read here?
Why don't more of you comment?

Please email me at the address linked on the sidebar, if you have a few minutes. I would greatly appreciate it and would love to hear from you.

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What do you think of

What do you think of Catallarchy in general?
You're one of the four blogs that I have on my "links" toolbar just above my browser window. So. . .I think highly of you.
What do you like/dislike about it?
Tough to say. . . I definitely like the volume of material that you put down. It's good to be able to come back frequently to a blog and always have new and interesting things to read. As for dislikes. . . how about changing the color scheme? The links specifically. They're often hard to see.
How did you find the blog?
I think that the Volokh Conspiracy linked to you.
How often do you read it?
At least twice a week.
How can we improve the blog?
How about adding little bio pages for all your contributors. It's always nice to know where the author of a post is coming from.
Have your views changed at all based on what you read here?
Not really. Still very libertarian.
Why don?t more of you comment?
It's time consuming.

What do you think of

What do you think of Catallarchy in general?

Nice 'blog, good writers.

What do you like/dislike about it?

Like? Interesting and relatively frequent posts, low troll quotient in the comments.

Dislike? Every time I try and highlight text to copy into a comment (as I did here) or a post of my own I end up with everything from the cursor to the top of the page highlighted no matter what I seem to do. Most annoying.

How did you find the blog?

Ummm, I think one of y'all ripped one of my posts to shreds, or agreed with someone who did, or something like that anyway.

How often do you read it?

Every day or two.

How can we improve the blog?

See "Dislike?" above. Also, given that it's a multi-author 'blog, highlighting which author is writing the post might be good. I know it's up there at the top of each post, but it's in small and easily missed text.

Have your views changed at all based on what you read here?

Not particularly, at least not that I recall, though posts here have caused me to think out some of my positions better.

Why don?t more of you comment?

Actually it's seemed to me that this site doesn't do badly in the comment department. Obviously everyone likes to get feedback, but on the net people who'll actually bother to write something are outnumbered by those who won't by at least 1000:1.

Partially it may be a matter of the type of readers you're drawing and the kinds of writers you have. The bulk of your readers are probably libertarians, and while your writers hold a variety of opinions most of what they write falls well within the libertarian sphere. In general people are more apt to comment if they disagree with something than if they agree. Ironically, the low troll quotient probably doesn't help there, either. Though it's all depressingly predictable, an outrageous troll post can be worth a good dozen counter-posts. If your writers were less reasonable in their positions and you could draw a few left- or right-wing crackpot trolls you'd probably get tons more comments -- for what it's worth, I prefer things the way they are.

Myria

YMMV with different browsers

YMMV with different browsers on the text selection issue. Opera has no trouble, IE selects as you described.

Am I the only person who sent my feedback by e-mail? Silly me for following directions. :)

Screw that, it's more fun to

Screw that, it's more fun to read what everyone else thinks.

The May Day symposium on communisim was excellent! You should consider doing mini ones on topical stuff, especially things libertarians disagree on. Now that would be comment fodder.

Y'all are on my RSS

Y'all are on my RSS feedlist, which I check every day (I know, I know, I have a problem-- hi, my name is Nick and I'm a blogaholic). You'd definitely make my Top 5 list if I had one-- along with, let's see... in no particular order: Volokh, Henley, Crooked Timber, and Agitator. Good company, that.

Likes: unusually high signal-to-noise ratio. Dislikes: none come to mind, really; in terms of improvement, I'd like to see more longer commentary pieces vs. short squibs referencing other blogs, but others may have different preferences.

I've learned quite a bit from this blog about the Austrian way of looking at the world. You've convinced me to move up _Human Action_ a few spaces on my all-too-long list of books I intend to get around to reading someday.

"I never liked any of you

"I never liked any of you sonsofbitches, but I always wished I could have."

Your Sociopath

Ps. -- I drop in at least once a day, on average.

What do you think of

What do you think of Catallarchy in general?
Great. A daily stop.
What do you like/dislike about it?
Austrian economics and eclectic selection of topics. That is the like and dislike, as it usually takes a longer time commitment than quick shot info sites like instapundit and hit&run.
How did you find the blog?
I believe it was via Mises.org
How often do you read it?
Daily.
How can we improve the blog?
It is about perfect the way it is now.
Have your views changed at all based on what you read here?
Yes. The stronger Hayek influence is a useful balance to the Mises.org and compliment to Prestopundit.
Why don?t more of you comment?
I think you get a pretty amount of commentary from the sites I read, and particularly insightful and intelligent commentary, versus the tendentious political hackery you get at many sites. My sense is your getting more comments than the mises blog, prestopundit, and samizdata, which to me are comparable. Sometimes your stuff is so good no comment is necessary.
Keep it up!

Jonathan, This Blog is

Jonathan,
This Blog is fantastic, and I think you're all very bright, and talented writers. I read here on average of 2-3 times a week. I found your Blog either through Micha directly -- or indirectly, don't recall now. We post elsewhere on the net.

I don't always comment due to time[some pieces are simply fabulous READS],& sometimes [particularly the Economic pieces] are a bit above my head [:)] to make comments, and for me are simply mind stretching reads -- which I enjoy.

I have reconsidered my position on health insurance after reading here [I think it was your piece on that?] and discussing it further elsewhere, and I have had discussions with Micha elsewhere that have truly been lightbulb moments for me. [I thank you, Micha, for your patience!]

I wouldn't change anything here, if I were you. It seems you get a fair amount of traffic/comments, and word of your Blog is getting around. I've only been a reader a few months now. There are links to your Blog on other Blogs that you've probably never heard of -- I've seen them.

My only other comment is that I would like to add also how fantastic the May Day issue was! I hope that will become an annual tradition, although -- good luck attempting to top it each year. :)

~Michi