Ok, this is going to come off poorly, but here goes. . .
I've been around ASoB since the end of the Tubby regime. One thing I've always liked about this site is the comments section. Discourse on this site is supposed to be somewhat elevated, with intelligent, well thought out (and written) comments to articles or other germane topics. Often, this is still the case - don't get me wrong. But more and more so, it is degenerating into one line posts with multiple exclamation points, vapid observations, and general inanity.
Look, we all (myself included) make the occasional brief exclamation, the occasional lame attempt at humor, or the occassional irrational claim. And obviously, I'm not talking about the comments in the game threads. I'm just asking the commentariat if we can step it up a bit and return the discussion to the level it once was. I know we can - there are plenty of intelligent people on here, old and new alike. As I see it, here's a good decision rule - if the comment looks like it would belong in the comments section of KSR, it probably doesn't belong here. I love KSR, but the comments section there is atrocious, and I'd hate to see us end up there.
I'm sure this is coming across as elitist and snobbish, but it's really not (ok, maybe a little elitist, but that's what I thought this site is supposed to be - a site for the discerning fan). And it's not my site, so if that's the direction the mods want this to go, it's not my place to say otherwise. So take this rant for what it's worth - a well-intended plea to get the dialogue back to the level I know it can be.
Thanks for listening.