I am closing down CSPT. It has become nothing but a meat-grinder for political animosities which have turned into personal animosities. I really don’t like the idea of having to restrict commenters, but not having done so has become an experiment which is simply failing. I can understand that the Phoenician is simply an ass, but when Perry and Hube can’t get along, maybe a totally free speech site simply cannot work. The image that crosses my mind is a bar on the border between two ethnic neighborhoods where the people just don’t like each other: the clientele keeps shrinking, and fights break out constantly.
We’ve lost Sharon, we’ve lost Eric, we’ve lost the Grey Ghost, we’ve lost AOTC, we’ve lost dozens of regulars, other bloggers like Sister Toldjah have stopped visiting and linking, and the site has stopped growing. We have the same few commenters visiting all the time, but virtually no new ones, save for aphrael’s return.
I’ll continue to post on John Hitchcock’s Truth Before Dishonor, though certainly not to the extent that it would look like I’m trying to take over the site. Perry’s Bridging the Gap, which is piggy-backed onto my bandwidth, will remain open.
When I asked several people about this action, in an e-mail, Donald Douglas replied, “Close it down only if it’s not fun for you, Dana.” Well, that pretty much hits the nail on the head: it’s just not much fun anymore.
The comments section for this death notice will remain open for a couple of days, but the comments sections on the other posts will be getting closed down. As of right now, the site remains available, though I have not yet decided whether I will close down the archives as well.