Irene Victoria Gabiana
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Dmitry Selemir
Irene, thank you very much for your suggestions, definitely want to hear more feedback of that kind. Right now we are not in development phase — so we are not making major changes to anything, but I'm sure we will, once we are able to finance it.
Re suggestions — here's my 2 cents. Even though we try to encourage the discussions as much as possible — they are ultimately not the primary goal  of the website - discovery process itself is the main thing. As a result — the righthand side column shows suggestions on similar publications rather than comments. You only see comments in the dashboard or each of the categories. Suggestions are based on looking at the overall audience interaction with this and other publications or if there is not enough information or if you have read everything it can suggest — other publications by the same author. Ultimately I think we want to introduce more flexibility in what this column can show, so perhaps your suggestion could be one of the options and users would be able to choose what they want to see there.
In general comments help members become more visible. They receive points for commenting and likes on your comments weight as much as likes on your publications, so it is advantageous to leave comments and make them interesting. Perhaps we need to make people more aware of that fact or perhaps this in itself is not enough. I personally think it's not necessarily something we all should chase — comments are not always a good reflection of how good the piece is — it's more often than not —  an indication of how much the audience members care about the subject .
2. I'm not sure Publication of the Day needs to be even more prominent. It's  already emailed to almost 3,500 people and gets promoted across social media channels — Twitter, FB and now also select FB groups. The dashboard space is very valuable — I think we need it to make sure more people have a chance of being seen. Perhaps we can think about easier way of accessing PoD. Maybe even a pop up screen on login for every member with information on recent stats, messages/chatroom messages, PoD, etc.etc.

3. X for permanently deleting publications does actually come with a warning. When you delete something on your dashboard — you don't delete it permanently — you just stop it from being shown to you. If you look on the line with options for sorting, on the righthand side you've got the sign for bookmark and for deleted publications (looks like a big squiggle). If you click on it — you'll see all the publications  you deleted and can bring any of them back. 
Now — if you actually want to delete some of your own publications — you need to click on Submit -> publications and in that view you see all your publications, including news and questions and can delete them permanently. You do get a warning before they are removed and once you approve, they are deleted permanently (we won't be able to restore them).

Thanks again for suggestions — keep them coming! :)