Whew, I finally see the light at the end of the tunnel. I've been knee deep in gruesome forum administrator mode these past few weeks, a difficult and often demoralizing task.
The problem: A strange, edgy malaise seeping into the place, a tone veering away from our normal lighthearted, friendly, and respectful spirit and getting a little too much like the KnitList. It manifested itself in only a few spots, but if the hundreds of emails I've been answering are any indication, it was upsetting a lot of people—myself included.
After weeks of darkness and muddlement, the answer became very clear: Time to state the rules and enforce them. (I know, "duh" is your proper response.) So that's what I'm doing now.
As a reward, I just booked my ticket to Maryland for the Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival. Few places feel as wonderful to me as a good old-fashioned sheep and wool festival—and the Maryland show is the gem at the top of the tiara.