Awesome. I will attempt to be more diligent about search. Nevertheless, that is the least cut and dried fork in the flow - for example - this post is, on the one hand, a rehash of other posts but, on the other it is also a fresh take and worthy of constant attention.
Let's see if anyone who didn't already get it comments. In fact, if you hadn't thought this through before and Dr. Grogan's handy flow chart has made it clear to you - please acknowledge his helpfulness (and I am not being snarky.) It took me a moment to get it. It is always possible to not have thought something through and, thereby, put enthusiasm ahead of courtesy.
Really starting to think the blogs should just be buried to a group somewhere, discontinued altogether
That would be surrendering to the inane-o-bots.
or subject to panel approval before publication
And that is the unpalatable last resort. My preferred option, which is the same as that which is used at larger and older sites than this, is a combination of moderation that has teeth, yet is capable of both restraint and objective judgment (most of the mods are already exemplary in their approach, but not all); and cultural pressure to promote quality from the user base itself (that's us) - both in leading by example and not being shy tell post abusers that they are being dicks and explaining why. The process of elevating expected minimum standards eventually will become pervasive enough that it does police itself.