I am going to ask Whit no to remove any comments above this post. I do this so it is clear to everyone the intolerable problem using blogger and how it has ruined the experience at the EB.
There simply are not the administrative tools available to monitor comments. There are over 200,000 comments at the EB and I already have a full time job.
That said, 90% of those that comment do so in a responsible and interesting way. (I fly a lot and still enjoy it. It is regrettable that a few have made flying tortuous for the many.)
Any and all comments made by Bob should be removed after this comment. Bob simply is not welcome and not wanted here.
LT, WIO, and Allen have elected to support MS in his new blog. I wish them well and encourage their independent action. From their initial posts, their focus will be different from the direction I always envisioned for the EB.
Whit and I have discussed methods to reconstitute the blog using the blogger format and our limited schedule to administer the blog. We can do this by granting limited administrative access to the blog. That only requires that you email us on a onetime basis your email address. You can establish one at yahoo or gmail exclusively for this contact. No one will have access to it and whit and I will certainly treat it with total confidence.
Doing this will allow you to comment and to post if you choose to do so. You can limit your participation to comments. Everyone will be able to read all the posts and comments, but only those registered can comment.
We will post a permanent box advising instructions to those interested in commenting at the EB. Commenters will be given great latitude and their comments will not be moderated. Their existence on the blog will be binary, they are in or out.
Please state in the comments if you are interested in future active participation and are willing to send in an email address where we can send you permission. We will expand this group to perhaps 25-30 at the maximum so that it remains manageable.
If we do not get at least 8 we will simply turn of the lights.
I do not limit anyone who wishes to participate but I specifically request these core members not actively starting another blog and who have continued to comment to stay:
We will be guided by your comments and thoughts and consider all reccomendations.