Readers may have noticed a change in our comment section. On Friday we returned to our original comment plug-in for posts. This is good news because now anyone can provide remarks – no social media account needed! Readers may comment as guest, or use a medium of their choice.
In March 2016 we announced the vendor we were using for guest comments was suspended until the Defense Media Activity, which administers our blog, could work out issues with the DoD-wide contract.
After several weeks went by without resolution, we announced in May 2016 our intent to use a Facebook plugin as an intermediate solution to allow readers to continue engagement with us. The Facebook plug-in required users to have a Facebook account – a significant limitation since many people don’t use Facebook.
An unavoidable side effect of our transition back to normal is that all the comments posted using the Facebook plugin (since May 2016) dropped from the posts. Most of them remain accessible on our Facebook page, and readers can still contribute to those discussions. They just no longer appear on this site.
We apologize for the inconvenience. We believe the comment plugin installed now gives better service. And, for those who prefer it, the option to use the Facebook tool exists in our current arrangement.
Thanks for reading!