This is an unfortunate development.
Dr. Fleming has always seemed to have little tolerance for the ill-informed people who chose to spout off on internet forums as if they know something, but the way I see it these folks are the price you have to pay for the excellent discussions that would often arise.
I learned a lot from my discussions at Chronicles. They probably helped me form and mold my political thought more than any other single source. Perhaps most importantly they taught me to keep my mouth shut when I didn’t know what I was talking about. There were some smart people who commented there including, of course, the management, and you couldn’t get away with not knowing your stuff.
Randy Savage dies and Chronicles turns off comments on the same day. I need a Prozac. Both will be missed.