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❗ Two per week it is
Last week, I asked what you thought about the number of premium articles, as some had mentioned that two are too many. However, that's not what the majority thinks, it turned out.
71 percent want the same number as now, 21 percent want fewer, and 8 percent want more.
I'm grateful to those of you who take the time to respond to these kinds of surveys. It's very valuable information. Thank you!
In other words, we'll continue with two premium articles per week.
In the future, I would like to be able to offer you more personal settings. Some might want a newsletter every day, another once a week, a third once a month, and so on. But for that, we need to take a step and self-host our site on Ghost (where we are now) and build such a solution. We don't have the resources for that today, but we aim to get there as quickly as possible.
Last week I wrote about rain panels. The results claimed by the researchers have been questioned, and are also suspected because it was published in a Chinese scientific journal by Chinese researchers. Sometimes quite spectacular results slip through in such cases.
However, I have not yet confirmed whether the results are accurate or not, so for the time being, the article is still there, but with a small warning inserted at the beginning of the text.
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