[QUOTE=Dee;2703222]The concept of freedom of speech is enjoyed by most people.
However, freedom of speech does not mean you can just say anything you like without having to face the consequences of what you may say.
Another example is if you live in CHINA or Vietnam (etc)
Regarding a special political forum where anything goes?
[B]I don’t think so.[/B] It would never work, and I would strongly oppose it. There are many reasons why I would oppose it, but one reason is obvious.
People wouldn’t leave their grievances in that special forum, it would spill out into open forum.
I’ve been on other forums where it does work, and WHEN (not if) it “spills out” you move simply move it, Philosophically you mop it up and dump the mob bucket back into the sewer (political forum).
You do so methodically and ruthlessly, but WITHOUT moderator
comment beyond “This discussion has been moved to the political discussion forum” because ANY comment the moderator makes
WILL be taken the wrong way by SOMEONE.
But the main reason for such a place is as a “Safety valve”.
it also serves as an irresistible filter to clearly identify the forum “vermin” who need to be expunged… because anyone who repeatedly drags sewage out of the sewer into the main forums can be banned with a clear conscience.
But again, you never comment on it, you just DO it.
Importantly a place to “socialize with Off topic discussion” helps
develop a sense of community, particularly for those that actually contribute “Content”.
Even if it’s someone who simply explains to some newbie how to get windows to do some particular “Thing” I have both received (rarely) and given (often) this type of advice.
Dee, “hard tech” like you give is central to this forum but the “soft tech”
(like suggesting how to organize their files & folders, or what free software works best with the minimum annoyance) is probably just as important