Snow - 11:04 am on Sep 4, 2004 (gmt 0)
I used to prohibit the discussion of politics and religion. The result was that members discussed these issues anyway and these posts were showing up all over the forum (nightmare to moderate). We even banned a couple of members for getting too aggressive in the forum following a heated political discussion. Eventually I gave in and created a sub-forum specifically for politics with clear guidelines that at the first sign of trouble, the thread will be deleted. This has kept the politics and religion discussions to one sub-forum which is much easier to moderate, arguments are avoided (I have deleted a few threads already before they got out of control) and consequently no one has been banned for getting out of control following a political discussion. So far so good.