With Pops out of commission and all (oh yeah, by the way he's fine and not dead, and I was supposed to mention that about 3 days ago), I've been perusing other blogs more frequently the past week or so. It is amazing to me how much even a slight increase in readership seems to bring down the general level of comment quality. You all are of course lovely no matter where you post, but the madness on other sites is astounding.
It's easy to get caught up in a belief that generally humans are rational- in small groups we can be. But broaden that group a bit and... yikes. I see the same thing when reading the tweet replies to any national story and/or "blue checkmark" tweet. It doesn't appear to be a right/left thing*, just a people thing.
So, kudos to you all. This is a very pleasant community (though I do miss Copithorne's wild ramblings from years ago), and it's great to be part of it.
*I have some theories on what the temptations are for each side in these sort of things, but it's only half-baked, so I'll let it sit a bit more.