For the last year or so I have been reading the Inside Higher Ed website & contributing occasionally to the discussions, but I'm going to have to stop. Not just stop posting in the forums, but stop reading. It's sad but necessary, like leaving behind a bar you once loved because it has been taken over by idiots. (Check out the way the rhetoric shifts as the wingnut clowns enter the discussion.) Despite being a useful source of information about my profession, IHE has become a gathering place for anti-academic right-wing trolls. I would go so far as to say it provides a forum for bashing the academy, which is problematic only because the site's mission is, presumably, to be a resource for those who work in academic setting or are involved with academic policy. That is, the trolls have their own caves, let them retire thence. There is something seriously wrong with the way way the forums are moderated, with virtually every conversation that touches on politics or policy resulting in the stormtroopers of the radical right shouting everyone down, lying about simple facts, and engaging in on-line muggings -- all this with the apparent assistance of the site's editors. I have tried in the past to break this bad habit -- I don't like what it does to me -- but this time is for real. And it's not just that I don't like the feel of my own gorge rising: I figure the IHE troll corps has plenty of places to express their derision of academia & academics, and to create their gross caricatures of the liberal professor bogeyman, but I don't have to give the asshats any of my attention. I've always liked that word, asshats -- it's nonsensical, but perfectly suited to the sort of people who have swarmed over IHE. With the the complicity of the site's editors. I don't have to give them any of my clicks. A shame, really. I used to like that bar.