The Big Bacon is pleased to announce that Bob Rayner and Robin Beres will make taking over primary editing duties at Bacon’s Rebellion. They will take on tasks that I will no longer be able to fulfill as executive director of The Jefferson Council.

Bob and Robin have been working as a team for years. They put out the Richmond Times-Dispatch editorial page back when it was independent from the newsroom operation. After they retired, they edited the Bacon’s Rebellion-affiliated newsletter, The Blunderbuss.

From here on, if you wish to submit a column for publication in the Rebellion, you can contact them at Readers are welcome to continue communicating with me directly at my Bacon’s Rebellion email address. Just be forewarned that I have delegated most editorial decisions to Bob and Robin.

The good news (for me) is that this new arrangement will free up time for me to continue posting to the blog. You’ll be hearing a lot about the University of Virginia and Virginia higher education generally.

Comments. On a related matter, I have provisionally decided to continue allowing readers to post comments. I have heard from enough of you that the comments are part of the (ahem, shall we say) unique Bacon’s Rebellion experience that I will make one more effort at bringing them under control. Bob, Robin and I are still working out the details. More to come.

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25 responses to “Passing the Baton”

  1. Turbocohen Avatar

    Congratulations on the new position as ED for Jefferson Council.

  2. Ronnie Chappell Avatar
    Ronnie Chappell

    Requiring people to post comments under their real names would, imho, do a lot to moderate content. If someone isn’t willing to sign their comment, they probably shouldn’t be posting it.

    1. Carter Melton Avatar
      Carter Melton

      Yep. Snark, bile and sanctimony thrive behind the screen.

      1. LarrytheG Avatar

        the guys with full name here in BR lead the pack on these things IMO starting with the blogs where cherry-picking, gaslighting and pejoratives are the rule.

        1. john harvie Avatar
          john harvie

          Folks in glass houses …

      2. Nancy Naive Avatar
        Nancy Naive

        Just how, exactly, do you intend on proving you are Carter Melton?

        If your really are Carter Melton then prove it. Give me a credit card number, the expiration date, and ccv.

        1. But sir, I am the real Carter Melton…

          1. Nancy Naive Avatar
            Nancy Naive

            Will the real Carter Melton please stand up!

        2. But sir, I am the real Carter Melton…

        3. LarrytheG Avatar

          trust him… he’s telling the truth!

    2. That could invite stalking and harassment from either side of any topic. Or even uninvolved third parties. Contributors are already putting their names on a byline, so that’s a bit different.

    3. Nancy Naive Avatar
      Nancy Naive

      Are you really Dave’s brother?

  3. Turbocohen Avatar

    Congratulations on the new position as ED for Jefferson Council.

  4. Paul Sweet Avatar

    Congratulations on your new position!

    I’m glad to see that Bob Rayner and Robin Beres will be taking over primary editing duties. I thought their articles and columns back were well reasoned and presented when the RTD was a real newspaper.

  5. That sounds great – especially that you will continue to contribute to the blog.

    Many thanks to Bob Rayner and Robin Beres for agreeing to help out. I believe this blog is a public service.

    Still curious about who will be moderating comments. Last I heard, Nancy was nominated. Seems I’m about the only person who doesn’t know who that really is. Comments have been toned down somewhat of late, though a few individuals seem to post voluminously. Has Nancy been moderating?

    1. LarrytheG Avatar

      I vote for Nancy! 😉

      1. I don’t know that we get to vote, but I would support limiting the number of comments from each person for each article.

        1. LarrytheG Avatar

          is that something that can be done with disqus?

        2. Nancy Naive Avatar
          Nancy Naive

          In which case, you cannot reply to any other comment. I’ll just wait until you reach your limit and get the last word. How do you spell bwahaaaa?

          1. I’m sure you would. That says a lot.

          2. Nancy Naive Avatar
            Nancy Naive

            Is that your last word?

          3. LarrytheG Avatar

            must be afraid of the comment police….. 😉

          4. LarrytheG Avatar

            Nancy is illustrating how problematic that simplistic idea really is.

            Limiting comments won’t limit how people behave but the autocrats don’t really care because it’s really about limiting their speech.

            This comes from the folks who blather on and on about “free speech” and “cancel culture”.

          5. Larry:
            How about $1 for every comment after 4? You would have the right to unlimited comments, and the money would support the blog you spend so much time on.

            For identity verification, how about blue checks for $8 per month? I would be happy to provide that service. My retirement income isn’t keeping up with inflation.

            (And yes, this is my 4th and final comment on this topic. Go for it!)

          6. LarrytheG Avatar

            you’re retired?

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