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Yet, any attempt to post a contreversial subject gets edited by the mods? Glad to see we still in a democracy?
(And you can post anonymous messages without registering)
[edited by: trillianjedi at 7:42 am (utc) on June 24, 2006]
[edit reason] Please see TOS#13... thanks ;) [/edit]
The trouble with fora dedicated to things like religion and politics is that they attract all the complete nutters so the level of debate is pretty low and it degenerates into name calling etc.
I would like to see a relaxing of the rules in the foo section to allow political and religious arguments. The calibre of members is such that it would in my opinion be intellectually stimulating and a lot more fun than the rather dry old place it has become of late.
I just don't see the problem with having a good argument occasionally. What is the downside? A few delicate souls will be offended. Well boo hoo for them; things offend me all the time but I don't get upset I live with it.
When I first became a moderator that was my inclination. I was convinced that a sane, rational discussion could be had by the adults. However I soon found that there wasn't enough time in a day for us volunteer mods to keep a religious/political thread on track - and I'm not talking about mild disagreements - Those threads rapidly, as in almost immediately, become knock-down, drag-out flame fests.
I wish it were otherwise. :(
I have to agree with the moderation part of it.
Would WebmasterWorld have to increase moderators who have time to delete flame war posts? Can people keep it going without it getting into flames?
As you are aware, there are threads that aren't political in nature or religious in nature that can turn into flame wars. We have both been involved in them to an extent of being on the defensive end of things.
Maybe a suggestion, As a sub forum of the foo, a political religious discussion forum? With Strict rules and tos and charter involved. If not followed a baning of a certain amout of time for the first offense could be put into place. It could be a sort of 3 strikes and you are out type of thing?
I don't mind getting into these discussions, as long as they remain discussions.
Another forum I frequent has just added as a sub forum, after requests from members to add such a forum.
It's always the @#$*%#! Elbonians.
It is not! It's always the dang Kneebonians.
Seriously, I am glad politics aren't tolerated here. Anger would take over the friendly atmosphere.
Also, here in the US, tolerance and multi-culturalism are the catch-words of the day. It is considered ill-mannered and bigoted to speak negatively about another nation. At the same time, in other places, it is apparently quite stylish to speak negatively about the US.
Since I can't speak politely, I'd prefer not to listen politely either.