Twice in the past few days I have heard ships in the Bay sound five short horn blasts - an unmistakable warning of danger, or at least doubt about another vessel's actions that could very quickly lead to danger.
I bring this up - regretfully - because a recent comment thread got out of hand. A regular commenter left in disgust, and I had to call out another regular commenter by name. Arguably I have no one to blame but myself: The Internet is not renowned for an elevated level of discourse, and this blog has touched on both politics and religion, famously explosive topics.
But so far I have never elfed a commenter, nor intentionally deleted a comment that was not obvious spam. (Ugg boots, fake Swiss watches; that sort of thing.) I hope I never have to, but I'll do so if it becomes the only way to keep the comment threads from degenerating.
A secondary note on politics. I am, by 'Murrican standards, a center-lefty - I supported Hillary in the 2008 primaries, but am now an enthusiastic supporter of President
Clinton Obama [typos can be sooo awkward!]. I refrain from censoring contrary views, and (usually?) from pushing my own - doing so would impoverish the blog. It does become frustrating when rival positions are expounded so much in comments as to become a sort of implicit misrepresentation of the blog's Official Position.
Having said this, I will not actually promulgate Rules of the Road here, because I don't want to get bogged down in sub-paragraphs and all that. On the whole, you who comment here have set a pretty damn good example, and on the whole I commend all of you.
So carry on ... with a modicum of good sense.
The image of the liner Andrea Doria sinking after a collision was snapped by famed photographer Harry A. Trask.