After reading this thread, i realized something- many of the political threads have become a mess.
It's to the point where most simply aren't enjoyable anymore. Too much fighting, inability to stay on topic, a lot of ignorance and flaming comments, etc. i used to participate and create a lot of political threads, but I'm beginning to see that many people abuse the non-gaming nature of them and use the 'freedom of speech' to say some questionable things.
Solution? Harsher rules and penalties on people who violate the rules.
It may seem useless, but I think enforcing rules more will prevent anymore issues regarding political threads. I certainly don't think they should disappear, as a decent amount of people on here certainly enjoy participating in them (I don't, but it's your opinion that matters most). Instead of wishing to eradicate all political threads, perhaps we should simply manage them better, have mods dedicated to dealing with trolls/flame baiters, etc.
We can always have rules set out specifically for politic threads as well. Here's an example:
1. Threads made concerning an event must be sourced- you can't make a thread saying Hillary Clinton has raped 20 men and run away with a smirk. Unless it's simply a discussion about something (for example someone wanting to talk about border control), we should promote people to put sources to try to prevent false information.
2. 1, 2, 3 rule- for every ban you receive due to a political-related thread, the length increases by a week. Basically, it'll go 1 week, 2 week, 3 week, etc. People will think more before posting hopefully
I don't want to turn VGChartz into a preschool, but I certainly think that the amount of 'bad' political threads we receive are harming the community by pushing away new users. We can always improve it for the better. Heck, we can try to promote different types of threads. I decided to try to make a thread about art, but it failed horrible (shoutout to the one person who actually submitted something). I'd love to see VGChartz also push for new topics to become an interest in this community.