I've come to realize that apparently I don't fall into the older guard when it comes to how this site appears to others or how its culture has evolved. I mostly come for the sports coverage; recruiting has never been my bag so I guess the RAGE others have felt about the Savage post and the fallout hasn't hit home.
Honestly, I think Brian overreacted a bit, but I do think that this site's prominence has led to an influx of people who were's around during the earlier times, and the kind of self-policing that went on back then would have mitigated this early on. That said, this is Brian's blog, and he has more stake in it than anyone else. People talk about how they are "out" and how they are "sick" of the way this issue bore about with the banhammer, and my response has generally been "It's a frinking blog. Create a new username if you want to comment, or just keep reading and don't log in." This isn't water or housing; it's entertainment. And UM football or basketball isn't going to really suffer because one kid read a comment on the blog and got turned off; only Brian will lose money, pageviews, and access. So if he wants to unleash his own brand of justice, so be it. Ban me tomorrow, I'd just come back anew and keep reading and posting. If the site goes to hell, I'll find my fix at other sites (I'm guessing that nice list over <------ has some solid first leads). But no, I don't see this blog violating its ethos; I see a product evolving and some people becoming annoyed, at least in part, because it isn't how they would run it.