Certainly the sub-5000 range is no oasis of sanity if that range includes
me! (Although Robert 'shares RMS's initials' Stockmann has been a net.kook
for a long, long time: I can remember him from only a few weeks after I
got on the net for the first time, and he was just the same then. Though
this was a particularly impressive outburst even by his standards.)
... but, no. There is no safety. It's contagious: in six months' time
it'll reach down into the hundreds and start attacking contributors too.
In a year's time the rot will have spread to subscriber #1, and corbet
will release the source code to the all-new LWN, with commenting
restricted to people with names containing the letter 'A', a colour scheme
of radioactive pink and puce...