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Gurn Blanston:

--- Quote from: Mirror Image on November 22, 2020, 03:27:47 PM ---Here’s a question in response to this post, if all of you are in favor of no political threads, why haven’t you messaged Rob? You’re a moderator. If it’s true what you say that every moderator feels that political threads should be banned, then why haven’t you guys taken it out with him? All I can do is post a poll and get people’s opinion on the topic. Don’t turn the issue back on me and say I should PM him. I’m just a peon here, Gurn.

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This is an ongoing discussion for many years now. You certainly have to realize we have talked to him about this, and more than once, but he has been adamant that there should be a venue here for discussing politics, since we are all grownups and know how to avoid things we don't really like. Not a lot else we can say or do, it's his board, after all.

GB

Mirror Image:

--- Quote from: Gurn Blanston on November 22, 2020, 06:03:21 PM ---This is an ongoing discussion for many years now. You certainly have to realize we have talked to him about this, and more than once, but he has been adamant that there should be a venue here for discussing politics, since we are all grownups and know how to avoid things we don't really like. Not a lot else we can say or do, it's his board, after all.

GB

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If this poll does, indeed, show a favoring number of people who think political threads should be banned, then wouldn’t this stand to reason that the feedback left would make him reconsider his position? I understand this is his forum and he has a right to say what stays/what goes, but if people are sick and tired of these political threads dominating what is supposed to be a music forum and these threads have caused members who were valuable contributors to leave never to return, I would think he would be concerned about that, but if he doesn’t give a damn about who stays or who goes, then maybe he needs to relinquish the rights to the forum and hand it over to someone who will actually listen to what the people are saying about it.

SimonNZ:
I predict that in the near future there will be a less pressing need to try and make sense of the political world and this question will be largely irrelevant or at any rate such threads will be much less heated and attract far fewer politics-only posters.

Sterna:
Of course, one can decide to keep the Politics/religion discussions here.
If so, I would suggest a more strict moderating though.
Members who do not follow the rules, should get a warning. And after 3 violations, they should be banned. Including me. I violated the rules yesterday. Only 2 to go for a ban. Bad luck, Sterna. Better behave. If not: good riddance.

This also goes for those who violate the rules in the music threads, of course.

All the temporary locks on heated topics, the deletion of a few posts... it's not going to help one bit.

Only if you manage to get rid of the trolls, you can have a respectful and civilized discussion, no matter what the subject is.

I voted for a ban on politics, because I think there are plenty of opportunities to discuss politics and religion elsewhere on the internet. On this music board (and on others) it has been a proven cause for unpleasant to very unpleasant behaviour. If people, for whatever reason, are tired of talking about music and prefer other subjects to talk about, let them go elsewhere. And leave the music boards to people who want to talk about music. Because that's where they came here for.

Sterna:

--- Quote from: SimonNZ on November 22, 2020, 07:58:40 PM ---I predict that in the near future there will be a less pressing need to try and make sense of the political world and this question will be largely irrelevant or at any rate such threads will be much less heated and attract far fewer politics-only posters.

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Maybe. Maybe not.
The past has proven that it's very difficult and tricky to predict the future. ;)

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