I'm sorry that the tenor of the discussion reached such a pitch that James felt that the comments on Betsy's thread had to be closed. I hope it is not too much to assume that Linda's suggestions were not part of what was objectionable, and not part of what James characterized as "shit."
I truly hope that James (and others) would agree that Linda had some excellent suggestions for standards that should satisfy everyone's interest in seeing the blog remains an interesting, informative and welcoming site.
If I'm wrong, James, please do delete this post, because it isn't my intention to oppose your decision.
To quote from Blue Jersey's site:
Blue Jersey is a community and, as in any community, there will be people with whom you agree and people with whom you disagree. As with any other community, we can all manage to get along reasonably well if we just observe some simple, common sense rules for our interactions. Blue Jersey has no objection to heated discussion or disagreement and we welcome impassioned discussion, but there are lines that your common sense should be enough to keep you from crossing. These are our rules:
1. Don't be an ass. This should be enough for most people, but if you need clarification, keep reading.
2. Racism, bigotry, threats of violence and other hate-filled language is strictly prohibited.
3. No personal attacks or revealing of private information is tolerated. This is grounds for immediate banning.
4. No comment spam. Advertising an unrelated site by posting a comment or diary is not tolerated. If it's not relevant to the blog, don't link it.
5. Stay on topic. When responding to a diary or comment, don't hijack the diary with random issues. Respond to the topic being discussed, or write your own diary.
6. Troll ratings are for trolls, not people you disagree with. They play an important role in the community self-moderating itself, so use the ratings appropriately.
Rule #1 is the most important, basically covers everything and is obviously up for interpretation (ours). If you're here just to pick a fight or start trouble, it's pretty easy to tell, but for most people, these rules are common sense and shouldn't be any problem.