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Re: Politics and Moderation

Originally Posted by Resolute_ZS View Post
Second, I can appreciate the reason for having a politics/etc forum. I don't, however, think that it is necessary. This is, first and foremost, a sailing forum. This isn't a politics, gun, war, ethnocentric, or religious forum. The problem lies in the differing of opinions and ideas that, by their very nature, are prone to cause dissent. While we may be passionate about certain beliefs, there is a time and a place for those beliefs. When discussing sailing, only factual references to a region's politics and how it affects sailing would be acceptable, including reputable sources cited for information. Comparing that scenario to "I heard that island is run by fascists, and they confiscated my boat last time I was there and strung me up by my toenails and beat me like a pinata because I came from a wealthier country" is unacceptable.

I have been on other forums where politics, religion, and other sensitive topics are verboten. If a post crosses that line, it is automatically deleted and a warning is issued. It has worked very well, and I continue to love that forum. Don't get me wrong - opinions can still run strong, and conversations can become heated, but at least that happens about the original purpose of the forum.
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Originally Posted by wind_magic View Post
I participate in the off topic and politics forums and I don't agree with what you said. This site is about more than sailing, and it is nice to have a place where people can just talk about whatever they want ...
I don't agree. This place at least should be about sailing. The emotions and disagreements that develop in OT/Pol/Rel do demonstrably effect the discussions in the main sailing forums.

There are plenty of other places for political discussion. Why should SailNet provide another place for those conversations? I continue to believe that the best thing SailNet can do to secure it's place in the big four sailing fora is to delete OT/Pol/Rel.

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