AN UPDATED VERSION OF THIS FEATURE CAN BE FOUND AT http://salutsunderland.com/2014/08/the-way-it-is-plus-scores-as-they-happen/
Here is the feature we introduced with the intention of getting readers talking.
Salut! Sunderland: the way it is will essentially be your forum. It removes the need to wait for Sixer, Monsieur Salut, John Mac, Ken Gambles, Malcolm Dawson, Jeremy Robson or any of the the others to catch up on the news. We haven’t the resources to be any quicker.
So this is the place to comment on some topical event you may have heard about but not yet seen reported or analysed at Salut! Sunderland, a match we haven’t got round to recording the result of .. or indeed anything else, Sunderland or football generally related, on your mind. In other words, it’s a chance to air your thoughts on as wide a variety of subjects as you wish without wondering whether the comment fits the posting.
There will still be the usual opportunity to comment at postings on specific topics. But Salut! Sunderland: the way it is will usually be kept at the top of the home page – http://salutsunderland.com – so that it is one of the first things you see on arriving at the site by that route.
If it disappears, that is likely to be because something important has happened or is about to happen and this feature temporarily seems to get in the way. It will always be restored to the top of the home page once the excitement passes.
Every so often, the deputy editor Malcolm Dawson – who possesses the tidy mind the editor lacks – will purge the comments, once their relevance diminishes, so that they are not allowed to grow so long as to drown new posts from readers.