This blog has gone through many controversial periods in its short but eventful time on the interwebs. There have been many changes, and there will be many changes to come in the not-so-distant future.
Today, we are announcing that League contributor Tom Van Dyke will no longer be contributing to the site. Without going into great detail, we believe that the fit is simply not a good one, and that too often Tom’s contributions here have led to controversy, mistrust, and bad feelings overall. Many people have played a role in this ongoing issue, but it is apparent to us that the situation as it stands is simply unsustainable and, in the end, unsalvageable.
As always at times like this, we regret that some other, better solution could not be achieved, and we know that many people on both sides of the debate have felt that their concerns were not being addressed and that not enough was being done. It’s long been our policy to take a hands-off approach in these matters, and only on a few other occasions have we decided that a contributor or contributors were not working out and needed to go their own way. We only make this decision after a great deal of time and effort working behind the scenes and after giving everyone involved as much of a chance as possible to correct course.
One thing this guiding philosophy has accomplished is an extremely low ban-rate at the site, even as its numbers have swelled. From its inception, we rarely if ever banned anyone or deleted comments. I can think of only a handful of commenters who have been banned (in fact, more writers have left the site than commenters have been banned.) Likewise, it has led to a boisterous and diverse readership and masthead which is given extremely free rein to say and write whatever they like. The only real moderation is undertaken, ideally, with great care. We try to keep this digital community as organic as possible, though obviously the laissez faire approach does not always work.
Some things simply end badly no matter how hard we try to iron out the wrinkles. We continue to grow and evolve and learn from our mistakes. Thank you for bearing with us, and best of luck to Tom in his future writing endeavors.
Signed, the Editors
Erik Kain, Mark Thompson, Jason Kuznicki, and Tod Kelly