I appreciate those of you who take time to leave comments and/or write me via the contact link. This blog is often enriched by the insight and information those comments and emails provide, and if often makes for a livelier atmosphere. That's good! I have four quick points I'd like to make about some recent comments and emails that have come in.
1. YouTube links: Because I do what I can to keep the site kid-friendly, I sometimes delete comments with links to YouTube videos, especially when there's a blatantly vulgar comment visible on the video's front page. If the video is from a tournament (e.g. from Wijk aan Zee), please direct readers to the relevant page on the tournament site instead.
2. No personal inquiries, please. Some commentators I know in "real life", and it would be nice to meet others of you at a tournament someday (though not necessarily when I'm in the middle of a game!), but as far as the web goes I'd prefer to keep my chess life separate from the rest of my mundane existence. (And not only to avoid getting Manti Te'o'ed!)
3. It should be obvious, but if you're writing to ask a genuine question, give a real email address.
4. Please don't assume I'll link to your website or project, just because you took the time to write me about it or linked to my site. I mention sites and products I regularly visit and use, and that's about it. On the other hand, please don't assume that my not mentioning or linking to your website or product means that I don't think well of it, or that I think I and my website are so fantastic that I can't be bothered with your request. My main reason for keeping my list of links limited is an intuitive sense, since confirmed by research I've come across, that when it comes to providing options less is often more. Plenty of research has shown that once a person's options exceed a certain point that person becomes less likely to choose any of them (in the aggregate). So rather than list a couple of hundred sites - all of which end up getting ignored - I keep a smaller list that's more likely to get used.