Cap'n, we have a problem.
There is major dissension and disunity in the ranks of the best ship in the liberal blogosphere's fleet...and we're starting to lose great crewmembers.
There are daily knock-down, drag-out fights amongst the crew. We're not sure as a group which way we're headed, what goal we should be looking to achieve, what ties bind us all together as such a great ship...a great ship is more than just the sum of its equipment and body...a great ship has a great crew.
I'll freely admit I've waded into the fights, and have been wrong on occasion. We need leadership, guidance, direction. We need some examples made out of, we need public admonishments, and we need positive reinforcement for the best crew members and activities. Again, I could fall on either side of that spectrum, but this isn't about me.
It's about Blue Jersey Mom, it's about Mets102. It's about Kestrel9000 and ::redacted::, two previous bannings due to reactionary behavior vs simple trolling or otherwise poor performance. It's about Fishgrease, whom we're so lucky to have back.
We don't need a suppression of dissent, of differing opinions, of lively debate. But we need guidelines, we need expectations of behavior not just for ourselves but for this site as a ship, as a crew, and we must keep the sails turned in the same general direction.
And we need enforcement when necessary.
Please, Captain. I fear we may not make it back into port again without your help.