Talking Politics ... Ground rules?

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Posted Mon Jan 7, 2008 8:58AM
good idea rob. maybe lay out the ground rules for discussion and for those who break them implement a 24-hour "time-out" posting ban. that oughta give them enough time to cool off.
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Posted Mon Jan 7, 2008 9:46AM
I don't mind seeing political and/or religious discussions here, but I can understand why Rob is trying to be proactive about keeping them civil. These topics tend to spiral out of control more than any other topics (for obvious reasons), and I think a lot of us are drawn to them because of previous trainwrecks we've witnessed. LOL

I think Suzanne's rules are right on the money and could be applied to any and all online discussions. I know I could remind myself of them occasionally.

While I personally am not hugely into politics, I know it's an incredibly important subject to a lot of iStockers. So of course we should be able to discuss it here in the Off Topic forum. There are quite a few people who are able to present their opinions (on both sides) in a way that makes me want to read and actually consider the opposing side. Will you change my mind? Most likely not. But I'm still up for a good discussion as long as it doesn't degrade into personal attacks.

I do have to say that I can't stand the offensive comments that are almost always ended with a smiley face, so I hope those will be kept to a minimum.
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Posted Mon Jan 7, 2008 9:57AM
Posted By KellyT:

I do have to say that I can't stand the offensive comments that are almost always ended with a smiley face, so I hope those will be kept to a minimum.

Those are the greatest, as if no one else gets the real meaning, and then the poster hides behind the "What? Wasn't it clear I was joking?" defense.
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Posted Mon Jan 7, 2008 10:15AM
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Posted By zerocattle:

So we are exploring our friendships in talking about religion, politics, news items, and sex toys. Sometimes, of course, that leads to come chaos, and sometimes you end up with someone walking past the discussion, so to speak, who jumps in whole hog and doesn't really understand the relationships or dynamics of the group as a whole and then all sorts of fun happens.

**Scampers off to search for the 'sex toy' forum thread**

Just do a search on atlantagreg's threads your bound to find a few there. ;)
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Posted Mon Jan 7, 2008 1:22PM
I'm a big fan of American politics - sure, they make my stomach hurt, and I can't do anything about them, but it makes for a helluva spectator event. American politics are much more enjoyable when you have real Americans to discuss them with. So I'm looking forward to being able to come here with all the questions I'm bound to have over the next nine months or so and get a whole spectrum of answers for them.
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Posted Mon Jan 7, 2008 1:32PM

Posted By KellyT:
I do have to say that I can't stand the offensive comments that are almost always ended with a smiley face, so I hope those will be kept to a minimum.


Bless your heart!
caspixel
Posted Mon Jan 7, 2008 1:47PM
Posted By rogermexico:
I'm a big fan of American politics - sure, they make my stomach hurt, and I can't do anything about them, but it makes for a helluva spectator event.


LOL! You are just lucky you can watch them as a spectator .


(I hope that is not what can be considered an offensive comment ending with a smiley. )


(Or that one )
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