When a person enters the Political Thread and engages in discussion, it is often said that they go in that thread at their own risk – a stance that the Staff and Moderators try to keep in mind whenever there are heated debates going on there.
Moderators and Staff try to stay as hands off as possible in this thread unless basic ground rules that form the bedrock of this community and its beliefs are violated.
Ground rules, such as: defending fascism is not o.k., are pretty much adhered to, and the moderators and staff really appreciate this. I think it has been six months since we banned a user for doing this… things are looking up.
Except for the ground rule of not engaging in destructive behavior established by @jasonstevanhill one year and one month ago.
It is sometimes said that political discourse is not always friendly and respectful and that you can’t have a political discussion without letting it flow, even if it gets a bit heated.
If this was a community built on politics, I would tend to agree with that assessment. Our community here is not built on politics it is built on civilized discussion and respect for each other.
The FAQ laying out our community’s guidelines state:
Specifically this means:
Micro-aggressive opining and nonconstructive opining not only go against the guidelines to keep the forums clean and well-lighted but these types of opining are disrespectful to both the politics being discussed and the people involved in the discourse.
The actual ground rule for entering the political discourse here is: Enter at your own risk, secure in the knowledge that you and your topics will be treated with respect.
Posts that include micro-aggressive opining and/or nonconstructive opining have been specifically called out as going against forum etiquette and for over a year, should not have been a part of any community discussion being made here.
This type of destructive behavior in the Politics Thread has been increasing during the year and month since it was first called out and despite moderator warnings and temporary thread closings this type of behavior is often found in this thread.
The staff and moderators are divided on whether this community should have a Politics Thread … now is the time to speak about this subject.