I usually abstain from internet discussions, but I guess it's time to jump in. It'll be shorter than I'd like, but I'm trying to get to dumb ole work.
First off, thanks for the feedback. I actually mean that. We usually go into these casts with minimal prep (in case you hadn't noticed), so the fact that anyone listens at all is pretty amazing.
I think the reason we didn't break down the shark nerf is that other podcasts have already done a better job of that. As a note, I also agree with a lot of the "things less dumb than stagger" thread. My main point was, try it for yourself and see if you agree. I have a very young GB community that is actively growing and I often have new players who have an idea of what they want to play, but read somewhere that it was a bad idea. I think that is what prompted the rant, which I am prone to.
My main goal is to grow the community. Games, for me, are really about people. Few things in this world are as satisfying to me as meeting someone I have never met who already loves the same thing I do. So if at any time my actions are divisive or polarizing, that is a failing on my part. I clearly have some work to do.
Thanks for reading. It's time for coffee.