It’s come to my attention that this thread has caused severe controversy in certain circles.
The concern, as I understand it, is that it came across as inappropriate for administrators to engage in a silly, lighthearted thread while a Senate recall petition was ongoing.
I regret that a light-hearted thread has caused such controversy and made the job of my fellow administrators and moderators harder. But to be clear: I was truly locked out of my account, and when someone (I correctly assumed Sopo) embraced an opportunity to feed into the silliness of such an absurd situation, I felt that it was a slapstick joke that others seemed to enjoy. Clearly, some did not, which I suppose is the inherent risk in irreverent humor.
That being said, I do not believe that having a serious political conversation in one corner of the region means we cannot have fun and laugh in another corner of the region. If there are those who still have concerns, my door is open. Otherwise, I would like this post to clear the air and hopefully allow us to move on.