Just a couple of quick things and I'll go back to handling RAVs on the sidelines, along with the help of a couple of other moderators as we currently don't have a dedicated moderator to the Politics board.
First, we have a brand new Elections 2012 board. You can find it here:
Second, I need to make another plea for respect to each other -- this certainly doesn't apply to everyone but since the RAVs came in hot and heavy over the weekend, and this morning, I hope everyone can take a minute to read it just in case, as this is a passionate board and as we get closer to the election, we know it may get even more passionate.
Many of the reported posts we see are not violations, they are simply opinions that people don't agree with. Those we don't remove. We will (continue to) remove those posts that jab at each other negatively or bash someone else or their opinion. It's fine to disagree -- that's why we have a party system, as not everyone will agree -- but it's not okay to take someone to task for their feelings. It's fine to ask for facts to back it up, but nitpicking or negative statements about anothers' post is not okay, and those posts will be removed. We removed several this morning already, and hopefully you'll take a look at your private messages to see if I dropped you a line, as my goal is to not jeopardize anyone's membership but to help you understand why your post was removed so you don't end up with more removed. If you had a post removed, it's because it said something that crossed the line.
At this point, it's best if everyone just moves forward to discuss politics -- and not each other. If you disagree with someone specifically and can't respond respectfully, scroll downwards and ignore their posts. Posts here are removed solely due to their content, not due to the political leanings of any moderator or even the site as a whole. TOS is the only reason we remove. If you feel you have to defend your position, that's fine to do so -- and welcomed -- but respectfully, without any personalization towards someone else. Your points are more easily understood if you do so without quoting something that upsets you and making light of it or questioning it beyond asking for more facts to back it up..which can be done respectfully.
There are some great conversations here, but they get sidelined by the unnecessary picking on each other. Let's keep on-topic and everyone benefits.
Donna Bryce (and team..)