I think we should all be proud of being a member of a forum where many different nationalities, cultures, religions and political views meet each other, I for sure am. I have always thought that our forum should be a place where everything that is according to law and common sense is allowed.
Unfortunately the latter is the issue here. Common sense is subjective and differs from person to person. Based on that, I think our rules might be explained different by everyone here
I hope everyone here understands that for us this is also hard. We ask our staff to remain neutral in political threads but even then their actions are sometimes explained as picking sides. These discussions put a pressure on us as a team, and the only thing I can ask from our members is for some understanding that also for us it’s not always black and white on what to allow. These discussions are also a struggle for us and I think it has taken away more people from us that we would like.
Closing a thread has the negative side that you can’t respond anymore while you might want that, but for us it also means that it remains manageable. I regret that some people explain this a limit as freedom as speech but I hope those can at least slightly understand where it comes from.
Anyway, when reading most of the comments, I understand what you mean. But I think we’re all looking for a solution. The only solutions I can come up with are that we continue the discussion here and that I also discuss it with the rest of the staff. The admin team will try and write a proposal that we’ll discuss with the entire staff and with all members.
The solution is fully open and I appreciate suggestions. Please note that besides your own interests, please also think about the interests of other members and our staff…