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Subject:  A suggestion for political threads Date:  2/5/2004  1:32 PM
Author:  TMFOtter Number:  28429 of 46922

Totally unsolicited, easily ignored.

As a (mostly) lurker here, I also viewed the political threads with some unease. Not because I'm disinterested in them but because on message boards such discussions almost NEVER lead to a better environment for a board.

But it's generally not the fault of those who have substantial time equity built up on the boards -- it's because those conversations track the attention of outsiders who could give a rip what about the carefully built environment that has been built up.

So while OT is a generally good way of labeling them so people can ignore, if I may make another suggestion so that political discussions don't get out of hand.

It's pretty simple. Never, ever give a recommendation on a political topic on this board. Just let OT threads be just that -- their own beings, ones that are private conversations amongst friends.

I've seen board after board simply ruined because internal conversations on passionate topics like politics hit the "Best Of" list, attracting folks who have no intent on respecting anything. There's nothing we at TMF can do about it, but there's plenty you can do about it. People may make great points, but perhaps acknowledge as such the old fashioned way -- by responding.

This isn't my party, but that's my suggestion to you all: Don't give recommendations to political posts. Nothing good will come from attracting people with axes to grind.

Respecfully submitted --
Bill Mann
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