I just wanted to announce that I am joining Gerard on this policy. I think it will be an improvement over the status quo (for me at least) because:
1) It works for Sullivan. He gives many great comments or responses a high level of prominence. He doesn’t just highlight people who agree with him. He publishes “dissents of the day” that contradict his position in a constructive, interesting, or provocative way.
2) I’ve heard from several people that they would comment, but don’t want to get “drowned out” in the noise of irrelevant comments. So this is a way for them to get some attention for their views.