The “Alas Debate Annex” is now open for business. This will be a parallel blog, for the moment moderated by me, which will have looser rules on who can comment, and what comments are allowed, than the main “Alas” blog.
Right now, I’m the only “Alas” poster posting at the Debate Annex, and the only thing I’ve posted so far are cross-posts from “Alas.” Other “Alas” posters are free to cross-post as well; just choose “crossposted to the Alas debate annex” as one of the categories for any post, and it’ll be automatically crossposted there. This is a strictly opt-in program; if you’d rather not see your posts (or any particular post) there, just don’t check the “crossposted to…” category.
The plan is that discussions on “Alas” will become less welcoming to debate from right-wing an anti-feminist views than it has been, while simultaneously discussions on the Debate Annex will be more open to criticism from the right and from anti-feminists than “Alas” has been. (Although I’ll still be banning people who I think are acting like total assholes.) How exactly this will all work out in practice is something we’ll have to discover as we go.
I’d be interested in hearing comments or suggestions from everyone.