BBS was an idea 25 years before its time – 55 years if you reckon it by the advent of its model, Current Anthropology, CA, founded by Sol Tax in 1957 (Harnad 1978, 1979). It is only now, in the online era, that the Open Peer Commentary feature will at last come into its own. I wish BBS every success in its 2nd half-century. I expect that BBS's Commentary feature, inspired by CA, and emulated by several other journals across the years, will become ever more widespread online. I never believed that only 12–15 target articles a year deserved this treatment, but limits of time and journal space and budget made it impossible to treat more. This will change now.