Okay - this one will be short and sweet. I've put all of this on the front page because I want everyone to read all of it.
Today, for the first time in over 3 years, we've had to ban a commenter. This is not a decision we take lightly and we hope to never do it again.
I'd like to take a moment to remind everyone that you are guests here. As you would if you were a guest in someone's home, we expect you to behave civilly and respectfully. This is not your redneck cousin's Christmas party where everyone gets drunk, a fight starts and someone throws the TV through the window.
The past couple of weeks have been hellish in the comment threads. Every day for the past week or so, I've had e-mails from readers, commenters and contributors letting me know that they're not comfortable expressing themselves on the site due to a few rogue commenters. It's time for it to stop. If it doesn't, we'll be going to all moderated comments and banning folks from the site.
We don't ask for much, but we do ask that you respect the diverse opinions and experiences you'll find here. You may not always agree, but hopefully you'll challenge yourself. I'd like to encourage everyone to take a moment to re-read our Terms and Conditions for participating on the Bilerico Project.
If you can't play nice with others and leave your baggage at the door, then go somewhere else. I'm fucking sick of it and I'm putting my foot down. No more. Play nice.
This post will stay at the top of the page until midnight.