I suppose it was bound to happen eventually, or again, or whatever recursion theorem is currently at work here: 3Bulls! and Republic of Dogs have once again consummated their love-hate relationship, and it is left to us to pick up the tissues, rearrange the furniture, and clear the broken glass and RSS feeds out of the hippo pool. This has led to the banning of mysterious contributor Captain Trollypants at RoD, and an injunction to not even discuss the aforementioned blog in other locales.
We are unsure as to how this would be enforced, but are confident that readers and bloggers alike will handle this in their customarily reserved and civil manner. This may be in violation of the Blogger Ethics Convention of 2005, Section III, Paragraph A, clause xvi, subclause (q) as relates to blogfeuds and unrestricted griping (non-profane). To wit:
However, in accordance with ancient (c. 2000) tradition, blogroll-linking has been maintained, and the ceremonial exchange of Nova Scotian Fighting Slugs has taken place.
For the record, I should add that as ombudsmoose I do not have access to IP logs and other tools that might be useful in unmasking the alleged perpetrator. We also invite the Captain to give his/her/its/shorebird’s side of the story, and to make a case before a jury of commenters (or perhaps the collective noun would be “gallows” or maybe “schism”). The Mystery of the Trolling Pants shall no doubt remain a mystery for the ages, puzzled over by historians and researchers for untold minutes to come.
I should further add that I am writing this with complete editorial independence from the management, and that the now-retired CT, whoever he/she/it/narrative conceit may be, is bound to be annoyed, along with comrades Res and AG who are no doubt preparing the restraints even as I write this.
Never let the facts get in the way of a good beating, as John Yoo would say.
As in other recent cases of disagreement, we are confident that it is best for grievances to be aired and addressed, although in the case of the latter a note from the Mammalian Anti-Defamation League may appear soon.
Appeals and applications for loopholes may be submitted to the usual address, or left in comments below.