Locking down threads is not anything new. If you think we "didn't used to do it", you're engaging in selective memory. And I locked the threads down because it had become just a bunch of name-calling. That's not political debate (actually, maybe it is).
The level of vitriol in those threads had hit a new high for juvenile behaviour. And the first person who says anything like "yeah, because of [insert name here]" gets 30 days off to think about it.
We're going to be discussing this whole issue in the staff lounge.
In retrospect, "Let's get the goat drunk"
should have been my cue to leave the party.