How would you go about that? What things would you moderate that aren't moderated today? We have to be careful not to let our own political views influence our moderations.
I guess that's true. The lines are blurred in a Politics thread, so mods have to tread lightly when moderating other users' posts. The rules here are pretty straightforward, but there's some who hide behind the "freedom of expression" carte blanche to come up with the most heinous things and completely ruin a thread. Right now, the threads are properly policed, but something should be done to avoid them to turn into a shit-slinging fest and ultimately locked.
We actually try. Sometimes, we let borderline comments go (as we do with most topics), but with Political ones, we will lock a thread before moderating anyone in particular cases. At least, that's my way of doing it. However, the problem with "freedom of expression" is that it will allow some users to think they can get away with saying anything they please (and this usually turns into outright insults [sometimes disturbing] towards other posters). That is where I, on my own, draw the line!
* waits for Miguel *
I guess that's a slightly better approach than moderating a group, especially on a derailed thread. Some users shouldn't be exempt of being moderated just because they are convinced "freedom of expression" is a way to drop everything off your mind unfiltered. It's common decency.