"comments" can be posted to all indymedia newswire articles using the "add your comments" link at the bottom of each article. people add comments to share additional information relating to the subject, compliment the author, or voice their visceral disagreement with the content. sometimes lively discussions emerge from these comments and people post fast and furiously and come back over and over to see what's new.
now you can see how many comments a newswire post has gotten without clicking on the article and looking. the number of comments now appears in red, inside brackets, after the title and date on the newswire on the front page, like this:
9.11 is a joke
A7 7:56pm [12 comments]
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