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So as you may have been aware, 2016 has had a lot of really heated political arguments what with both the Democratic and the Republican party having highly controversial candidates, and those arguments still haven't ended despite the election being over.2 posts and 1 image reply omitted. Click reply to view.
And as you might also know, those arguments have made their way to this site.
I propose there should be more control over political arguments. Not necessarily banning them altogether, but stopping them from escalating once they get to the point where someone posts something that could easily engage someone with strong left wing or right wing opinions.
Yes, I believe in freedom of speech, but I also believe in a time and a place for it. I hang around on this site more than Ponychan to avoid this type of ugliness.
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In so far as you are proposing that political threads be kept to a more civil tone of discourse, I agree wholeheartedly.
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That is the approach I have been personally taking with political threads, as of the day you posted this (I think). I would never be okay with banning them entirely, but I've been too lax in keeping them civil. Going forward I'll be trying to keep a closer eye on them and prodding people if they get near any dangerous lines.
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i think our current plan is to monitor the conduct of individual users in threads, and handle users on a case by case basis, instead of holding the threads themselves liable.
While this doesn't make political threads exempt from the rules that apply to all threads, i will say that i think the users are not upset as much about the fact that there are political threads as much as they are concerned about the negative content that emerges out of them.
As such, it is best if the staff handles things at the user level, in accordance with what the general consensus of users seems to be.