Originally Posted by AThingForCashmere
I respectfully submit the following:
From what I can see, nearly all the ongoing flaming and angst in the CE Forum result from political discussions and political differences among users. To reduce this problem I believe SF should consider subdividing the CE Forum and creating two separate forums, specifically for political discussions, one for Republicans and the other for Democrats, or one for conservatives and the other for liberals, or any similar designation that would give both SF's existing core of longtime conservative/Republican participants, and liberal participants, a friendly, supportive place to discuss politics amongst themselves without upsetting the other group. If a liberal barges into the conservative group and starts creating problems (or vice-versa), it should be viewed as thread shitting.
Who gets to decide who is "conservative/Republican" and who is "liberal"? Let me guess...
And basically, all this describes is a self-enforced circle jerk. It seems to me that if Matt, Justin, emptym, whacked, Manton, eg1, Rach, philosophe and myself can all get along (just to list several people with various political/economic beliefs) the problem is not so much with diversity of thought, but rather the inability of some people to politely discuss their positions with other folks that don't march in lock step with them. Trust me, if Justin-the-union-thug and Piobaire-the-union-stomper can get along cordially, it can be done by people of all lines of thought. It just can't be done by close minded ideologues.