Nothing would prevent anyone from participating in both groups. Like yourself, I'm a mixed bag of political ideology. I'm sure most of us are. But again, the idea is to let the topic of each thread determine where it's posted, not to limit any of us to one group or the other.
This would appear to conflict with the following:
...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.
If nothing else, it's extraordinarily subjective, and enforcing it would create more problems than it solves. Instead of the current bickering, we'd end up with posts in TransMod complaining about how some xx ideologue was shitting on a yy thread, only to have that ideologue argue he was simply disagreeing.
Quote:I'm in complete agreement with this. I'm the same way, and always try to surround myself with people who disagree politically with me.
Again, then, I ask what the difference between thread shitting and disagreement is, and how creating two subfora, between which there is free movement, would solve the problem. This recommendation would result either in the complete segregation of differing political ideologies, or it would maintain the status quo, only people would know they can visit subforum xx if they want to agree with everyone or yy if they want to argue.
I want to reiterate the fact that I'd like to see a more civil CE (I agree with ATC!?), but I just don't think it can be created through moderation that wouldn't do more harm than good.