The holiday season ban on commenting on The Spokesman-Review’s website ended peacefully on Thursday. Democracy as we know it remains unharmed by our 10-day experiment. We asked print readers and online commenters to share their thoughts on our temporary ban, and we heard from many of you. While my initial column on the topic appeared online during the ban, we lifted the ban slightly to allow comments and we received 172 of them. In addition, the column was “liked” 294 times on Facebook and a link to it was retweeted 35 times. I also received 33 emails. But let me be clear: There is no consensus among those who responded as to whether our ban was worthwhile or harmful. We initiated the ban both as an experiment and to preserve the spirit of the season. The comments and emails about my column and the ban were either supportive, in opposition, argumentative, thoughtful or enlightening/Editor Gary Graham, SR. More here.