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The comment sections in the online newspapers give a good reason of why discussing politics online is not a good idea, imo.
Trolls crawl out of the woodwork and will effectively destroy the good debate. It happens again and again and again...
Unfortunately, that is the experience I have with this site when discussing politics as well.
I respect you suggestion and can understand where it comes for. However - this is like the issue of smoking at the end of a meal where various people meet together. For some it is obvious, other would say they would not come in the first place, or would just leave early. Still: almost ALL would enjoy a get together dinner without the smoking ceremony around the table just as we finish. So the "dinner only, no smoking" approach wins.
Wonder whether there were a "Smoking Room" here, where people could discuss the otherwise outre topics,
it would devolve into catfights and bedlam. Or would the self-selectors be able to govern themselves?
<I don't see any way around that other than removing the anonymity.>
I'm not sure about that -- I mean, bv has no interest (I would presume) in having another area called
"The Smoking Room" where people could kibbitz about politics etc, so it's moot. But if there were such
a place, and it were visited by us, the gang from iorr, a self-selecting jumble, probably most people
would not even enter that room because it didn't have anything to do with the Stones. When there are
OTs we all stumble upon them, and if we're bored, we click. If you had to go to another area perhaps only
"game" people would wander in.
As to the anonymity/internet thing, I've read in the past few years that even without anonymity people
lose their manners online. It's something about the screen and 1s and 0s rather than beating hearts
and expanding lungs and twinkling eyes and body language. People go cray on Facebook, even when you know
who they are!
I have always considered this forum to be something more than just a Rolling Stones bubble. Therefore I think it's a bit sad that we can't discuss world events, news and politics here. Especially now when there are so many things going on on the world scene. Like the Scottish independence referendum today, the IS terror in the Middle East and other important issues (like the election in Sweden where the nazis claimed 13% and we can't form an effective cabinet). I know this thread will be deleted within twelve hours. And I respect the moderator's right to do so. I just wanted to express my thoughts on this. Maybe there are other members here with the same perspective as I? Anyway, I hope this reflection won't get me banned...
George W Bush is a genius, a statesman of the highest order, the greatest president the US has ever had.
The only discussion about politics, which I find suitable on a Rolling Stones oriented site, is a discussion of the political views that the band and its members express, most of all in their music.
Even when the Stones give rise to some political oriented discussions, it is not my or other posters' views on that issue that are and ought to be interesting, but the band's view.
I am in no way related to other posters here, apart from my fanship towards the Stones. So I see no relevance for me in taking part in discussion of political issues here, that have no bearings on the Stones.
If or when I should want to take part a political discussion, there are other sites and scenes for that, in my opinion.
By the way, even mutual greetings on national days and maybe also religious dates that to some are harmless, might be challenging to some others.