Update January 2023: You can find the list of winners on this page.
The comments that CSP Blog readers have made over the past six years are arguably the most helpful part of the Blog for do-it-yourself CSP practitioners. In those comments, my many errors have been revealed, which then has permitted me to attempt post corrections. Many unclear aspects of a post have been clarified after pondering a reader’s comment. At least one comment has been elevated to a post of its own.
The readership of the CSP Blog has been steadily growing since its inception in 2015, but the ratio of page views to comments remains huge–the vast majority of readers do not comment. This is understandable and perfectly acceptable. I rarely comment on any of the science and engineering blogs that I frequent. Nevertheless, I would like to encourage more commenting and also reward it.
Leaving a Comment is Easy
To leave a comment on the CSP Blog requires that you submit the comment along with an email address. However, there is no verification that the email address is real. You can make it up. Many commenters do use one of their valid email addresses to allow me to communicate with them if their comment needs editing, they want me to include some of their images in their comment, or if we just want to discuss something out of public view. But you are not required to use your actual name nor an actual email address. See this post for some commenters with questionable identities.
Comment of the Month
To encourage good and frequent comments, I’m going to choose the best comment of each month and offer the commenter some CSP-Blog swag. A while back my friend Matt over at WaveWalkerDSP.com created some CSP-Blog magnets, stickers, and clings with the CSP-Blog logo and gave them to me as a present. Awesome! Thank you Matt! Here is what the 6″ x 2″ magnet looks like on my mini-fridge at work:
If your comment is chosen as the CSP Blog Comment of the Month, I’ll send you a CSP Blog magnet as the prize, if you’d like. I’ll also add your CSP-Blog commenter handle and a link to the comment in a new Page I’ll create soon. If no comment deserves the honor, we’ll just skip that month. The first candidate month is August 2022.
Retroactive Prize-Winning Comments
To get us started, I want to award a CSP-Blog fridge magnet to two great commenters: Clint and John Macdonald.
Reader Clint is in the top-ten most-frequent commenters at the CSP Blog and has the distinction of having several of his comments elevated to the status of a post. The topic is on zero-padding in spectral correlation estimators, and you can see our interaction and some relevant simulations I used as evidence for my position here. So, Clint, if you want one of those CSP-Blog magnets, contact me by email. I’ll be more than happy to send it your way!
Reader John Macdonald has a few more comments than Clint, all of which are valuable, and he has also helpfully responded to other CSP-Blog readers’ comments. A good example of a Macdonald comment can be found here. John, contact me if you want that magnet!
Clint and John, please don’t stop commenting. You can win another magnet or sticker with more award-winning comments.
Thanks to all my readers and commenters! And good luck!