"Yakov, Phil and James comment at the on-line sites of Goldberg, Lake, and the NYTs? Did not know that?"
Once you visit a page, I don't think whether you comment or not changes the number of hits, unless it's a separate visit - not sure though - any experts out there please correct if wrong.
I see where commenting can lead to more visits, but so can just reading the comment section in order to follow the conversation out of interest, or to gauge public opinion, which I suspect they might do. Also, when MW writers reference, and link to, the NYT, Goldberg’s articles et. al., that leads to many more hits. Do you think they are stupid?
My guess is that the number of hits by Hophmi and the others is immaterial to the various sites.
"But Dan, if “Hophmi” is having a significant effect on your thinking, and is convincing you he is right, and has the right perspective on Mondo, and its readers, and is correct in his objections to Mondo, I’ll have to admit I am wrong. Is he doing that?"
I agree with some things he's written and disagree with others.
I doubt he, or anybody else, is going to fall for your silly “hits” by definition equals “consent” line.
I enjoy reading some MW articles, and the comments section (including competing points of view). That's all beside the point –whether I agree with Hophmi or not isn’t relevant to your assertion that “hits” automatically confer consent. That either makes sense or, in my opinion, it doesn’t. I’d be surprised if I’m the only reader who has noticed that.