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    Could we have a separate prefix for political debates? An extra forum isn't needed, but this could work well.

    Most of the heated/heavy stuff ends up in the arena, sure... but I would really love to be able to enjoy off topic without having to wade through the frequent bashing back and forth.

    After my few years here and experiences in some of these forums, I've come to realize that the bickering really accomplishes nothing but to bolster the erosion of forum cohesion and the family atmosphere around here. I don't like things that make me resent being here, and some of the radical views from both sides are just plain frustrating irrespective of whether I agree with them or not.

    Everyone is entitled to their political beliefs, but what if a hypothetical member has a political belief that the political is personal and an introverted discussion rather than an open one? I know that is most certainly the case here in Japan, and to some extent in Canada as well. I know, I know... most of us here are American citizens, but it's a blanket inference still.

    I suppose you might recommend I just avoid said topics. Sure would be easier either in it's own location or with a bracketeering arrangement. That and it would probably be appreciated by other international members like myself who may not have any interest or motivation to deeply follow the American politik. For example, wouldn't it be nice to have:

    [POL] Tax by the mile
    [POL] American Economy
    [POL] Walking away from your mortgage

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    Last edited by Aaronbrook37; 08-18-2011, 08:00 PM.
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    Good idea, but lord knows any time I feel the urge to reply to political threads it usually winds up being Arena-worthy. Still, I can totally understand where you're coming from. Some days you [POL] some days you don't!
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    • #3
      nah.....you pretty much know as soon as you read the beginning of the thread where it is or may be heading and can chose just to click away instead of reading it. I don't see how having a prefix will stop anyone from reading it or commenting to keep the bickering going.
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      • #4
        I see your point Aaron, but i personally will read a the start of a thread and if it's something i shake my head at and makes me wanna bash my head against a wall then i probably won't bother checking out that thread again, its works for me at least

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        • #5
          It's per forum... So that means we'd need to keep all threads in a specific forum, which never happens. :P

          I can work it up if others see that it would solve some sort of problem.
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          • #6
            You could just say in the rules that one should add that prefix themselves to any political thread they may be starting.
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              Originally posted by GenevaDirt View Post
              nah.....you pretty much know as soon as you read the beginning of the thread where it is or may be heading and can chose just to click away instead of reading it. I don't see how having a prefix will stop anyone from reading it or commenting to keep the bickering going.
              Well yeah... the idea is more when starting a political thread to help keep people from having to do this:

              Originally posted by Damkid View Post
              i personally will read a the start of a thread and if it's something i shake my head at and makes me wanna bash my head against a wall
              in the first place. The whole sense of frustration is wholly avoidable by doing this:

              Originally posted by Basement_Modder View Post
              You could just say in the rules that one should add that prefix themselves to any political thread they may be starting.
              Just as easy and convenient as a WTB or FS. That's what I was going for.
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