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Proposal: Get political threads off the front page

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Miguel_Zorro said:
Mr_No said:
I don't mind people talking and arguing and fighting on political threads. However, fully removing them from the front page wouldn't be seen in good eyes. I do agree, however, that people can turn off which kind of topics they want to see on the front page. I also think that political threads should be much more moderated without limiting freedom of expression.

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.

CGI-Quality said:
Mr_No said:
I don't mind people talking and arguing and fighting on political threads. However, fully removing them from the front page wouldn't be seen in good eyes. I do agree, however, that people can turn off which kind of topics they want to see on the front page. I also think that political threads should be much more moderated without limiting freedom of expression.

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.



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Carl2291 said:

Didn't you read what I said? I said the ban would be site-wide, not just from the specific forum. Upon return from the ban, be it 1 week or 2 weeks or 20 days, they would have no access to (as an example) Nintendo discussion but other areas of the site would be open to them, as it is right now after a ban.

Well you worded in a way that confused me then.

I guess I'd be fine with this idea only if it was for recurring situations in that case. As in, someone only gets extra ban time from a specific forum when there's already a known precedence of said person causing trouble on said forum, and I think there shouldn't really be a permaban for specific forums either.



I agree with this idea. This is supposed to be a gaming site and I feel like I see more political threads than gaming threads most days. I hate politics, keep that bs off the Forum Hot Topics section please.



There are currently two political topics on the front page. I haven't clicked on either, but one is by far the hottest topic on the board. Yes, let's get rid of the hottest topic. Makes sense.

The mods control thread titles. As such, nothing on the front page is offensive or off-putting. The only way to see something that bothers you is if you actually click on a topic. If you go in there and come out butt hurt or offended or with a lowered opinion of the human race, blame yourself for clicking. Wanting the topics hidden is like an alcoholic begging for prohibition when most people seem to want a brew.



TheLastStarFighter said:
There are currently two political topics on the front page. I haven't clicked on either, but one is by far the hottest topic on the board. Yes, let's get rid of the hottest topic. Makes sense.

That's what I've been trying to say, the simple fact is that political threads are popular on vgc and it has alwasy been that way. You know a member who left because of politics? That doesn't really say much.

People come and go all the time. That's life, deal with your separation anxiety reasonably instead of whining about a topic or two you don't like seeing on the front page.



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Errorist76 said:
AlfredoTurkey said:

I agree. Get all political/non-gaming threads off the front page. 

Are you living in Turkey?! Just asking cause that's exactly how things are handled there.

When I go into a clothing store, it's to look at or buy cloths... not get a lap dance from a stripper. How hard is this to understand? This is a website dedicated to gaming and gaming sales... not politics. If I wanted politics, I'd go to a political site. 

This is very simple stuff.



Start banning the worst offenders and watch how the thread creation rate in Politics slows down.

EDIT: Did I see this right? The current urgency is that two political threads showed up on the frontpage today? Two?



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RolStoppable said:

Start banning the worst offenders and watch how the thread creation rate in Politics slows down.

Didn't you just come back from a ban?



If you remove politics from the front page....

please please plllllleeeeaaasssseeee dont remove music and movies and anime and general from it too : (



I find the political threads to be fine, but then again, I'm not really in the thick of it lol. I can see why many people may be frustrated by their presence here, on a site primarily meant for other topics. Whatever makes people happier :)