Moving Day

After two and a half years of camping out at, after more than 1,300 posts and many thousands of reader comments, this blog is moving. From now on, we will reside here at If you are a new reader, welcome. If you are an old reader, know that you can still get here via our old URL, Whoever you are, thanks for stopping by. Starting now, there is also a separate — and revivified — website for our book, replete with excerpts, FAQ’s, reviews, and a gallery of international covers.

We are excited and flattered to be migrating to the Times — especially because I used to work as an editor and writer at the Times Magazine, and also because Freakonomics began as a Magazine profile I wrote about Levitt. For the past two years, we have also been writing a regular column for the Magazine, which is now freely available here. But don’t worry about homer-ism; because we are housed in the Opinion section, we can still poke fun at the Times when warranted, and we can still say nice things about blood rivals like the Wall Street Journal.

If you’ve been paying attention, you know that we recently brought in a site editor, Melissa Lafsky, who’s been doing a great job. She makes sure all ourr typoes get fixxed, and helps curate the sort of content that makes sense for a blog like ours: reader-generated Q&A’s like this one and this one and this one, and Freakonomics Quorum discussions like this one about saving the African rhino.

You will see a number of other new features in the right column of the blog, including (finally!) a proper (sort of) blogroll, a streamlined “FREAK-est Links,” the old “Naked Self-Promotion” box, a new feature called “Stuff We Weren’t Paid to Endorse,” and even a video player, “FREAK-TV.” (Take a look at the inaugural video to see Levitt explain the value of blogging.) And yes, we will still be giving stuff away.

Hopefully you will find most of the changes for the better. If not, I am sure you will let us know: your suggestions and ideas are always welcome, via the comments or the contact information in the “About the Authors” box at top right. For those of you who read this blog via RSS, you will find that there is no longer a full feed, but rather a partial feed.

There’s another change you may notice right away: the protocol for commenting. We have written before about the science of commenting, and noted recently that certain posts receive a lot of comments.

The good news is that you no longer have to register with WordPress to comment, a barrier that many of you disliked.

The bad news is that you have to conduct yourself in a relatively civil manner, according to these Times guidelines, and that all comments will be moderated.

Transgression of these guidelines is punishable by death, or by having your comment discarded, whichever comes first.


What a nice surprice!!. I can't believe I am having the honor of being the first commenter. am I? I feel right at home here. I read the Times because it has helped me with my English and because my grandfather back in the Dominican used to tell me how good the paper was. No to mention that it makes me look smart on the train :-).

This is great news. Congrats!1.


That's great. Congratulations guys.


I love the NYT, but I hate their feed service. There's nothing worse that the abbreviated RSS feed text. Not only is it annoying to have to open another window when browsing, but it's also difficult to read the blog offline (I tend to catch up on blog reading during flights using Google Reader Offline). One thing freakonomics had going for it was complete posts in the feed. And the thing is, with Firefox+Adblock, nobody sees the ads at anyway, it's just another tab we have to open.

I know theres nothing either of the authors can do about this, I just wanted to vent.


i'm with corey. the new feed sucks, bigtime. it's been great to read this blog, but as of now i'm dis-aggregating this feed. too bad. it was fun...



Agreed. Full feeds, please.


Steven, Stephen & Melissa,

Congratulations on your move! I think technically this qualifies as "taking the Boeing," but it's still nice to see the NYT actually take positive steps in the online world.

Good luck to you!


Congratulations, you have achieved the ultimate goal; getting someone to pay you for something you were doing anyways. Or at least I'm assuming you're being paid.

I'm a little saddened that my wordpress identity is gone and I feel weirdly exposed to the world now that you're part of the NY Times.

I hope the thoughtful and humorous posts continue. Where is egretman anyways?


Adding my voice to the strong dissent about the partial RSS feed.

Greg Brown

Count another in favor of full feeds. It's the difference between easily breezing through what you guys wrote and cluttering my screen with tabs and extraneous clicks. If it doesn't change soon, I gotta cut it loose.

Luis Henrique

Well done..
Please, full feeds!!

Rachel Clarke

I'd like to throw my voice behind full feeds as well. Now I'm less likely to read your stuff if it is out of the reader and I have to click through. Nice for you to change to the NYT, bad for all your readers though. And one other thing - why can't I link my name to my blog?? You are removing one of the main areas of reciprocation in blogging, the ability to trace a commenter back to their own site and words?

Robert Mohr

Full feeds, please. I could rant about how partial feeds suck, but it seems other people have that covered.


The old RSS feed was MUCH better. Is there any way to get it back? I'd hate to unsubscribe since you guys always have such interesting content, but I'm afraid that I will if the feed is going to be this crappy.

Rob La Gesse

Just kicking in here aon the full feeds. I do not subscribe to feeds that don't feed full posts. Please get them to change it. Ot you will lose me as a reader (a long-time reader).

You MUST fix this!



a lot less freakonomics in my life without full feeds.

Shaun G

To satisfy readers' demands for full-text RSS and advertisers' demands for eyeballs, it shouldn't be too difficult for the NYTimes site technicians to configure your RSS feed to deliver inline ads. Should take an intern about 20 minutes.


First, let me say that I think your blog is a wonderful resource. I read your blog regularly while traveling and offline. Like many others on this comment thread I find partial feeds annoying.


Sigh. Bye. (Feed: me too)


another nod for full feeds. this is an absolute annoyance. I'm another google reader user here. if you don't bring back full feeds, I will hardly read this site. that's not a threat... just a fact.


Loved the book, loved the blog, hate partial RSS feeds - really hate them. So long.