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Great Webmaster's need intellectual stimulation....not floss!
Yet, any attempt to post a contreversial subject gets edited by the mods? Glad to see we still in a democracy?
Great Webmaster's need intellectual stimulation...
Politics is not intellectual.
Political discussions are divisive.
Some of the people on WebmasterWorld I respect and have high regard for hold political views opposite from mine, but we agree on most everything else. I prefer to not talk politics when we're together because I enjoy their friendship too much to let politics get in the way.
I can't see how discussing politics on WebmasterWorld would help build community. I can see how it could easily create enmity.
[edited by: martinibuster at 8:28 am (utc) on June 23, 2006]
I know a professional forum that the members occasionally flout the no-politics rule. The group is pretty smart and professional most of the time, but before long in these threads, the gloves come off, rules and decorum start getting broken left and right, caps lock buttons get pushed, feelings hurt, the whole nine yards.
So while the lack of politics can make it dry sometimes, it is also an advantage. Occasionally I wish I didn't have to hold my tongue here, but on the other hand the rare decorum keeps me coming back, even though I'm not much of a webmaster outside my pipedreams.
Why emotions rather than rational thought rule in political threads, I don't know. That's just the way it is - and the reason such threads are not allowed.
As previously stated there are political forums out there, tons of them that you could become involved in IF politics is what you wish to discuss.
I have found in many forums on web design that I participate in, feelings get hurt, members leave, and friends become enemies over political discussions.
Also as I stated in another thread, when you sign up for a forum, you read and agree to the tos before you join. IF you have a problem, then don't join. Easy as that.
Don't mean to sound harsh, but just ran into this in another forum I am in, and people got hurt from it.
That being said, I predict that if there was a dedicated forum for religion and politics it would be one of the fastest forums to die from lack of use.
Those of you who delight in 'discussing' religion or politics - have you ever persuaded your opposition to see it your way in a heated argument? Has a flame war ever reached a consensus? Would you consider changing your view 180 degrees if the opposition had a good argument?
There would be a few posts of crazy religious theories, some about atheism, maybe one or two professing their faith, and a bundle of threads throwing mud at politicans, regimes and countries.
How do I know it will die? If it was something you'd actually use then you would be there now, not talking on WebmasterWorld about it - there are many many such forums!