New Policy: Political Discussions Moved to New Space
Chit-chat will no longer allow political discussions of any kind - we have a new forum for them called "Open Debate" where you can go to discuss political issues.
Although we do not have the same problem with Religious issues, because it is an area where people can become seriously divided we have also decided that if you want to discuss a religious issue it cannot be done here in Chit-Chat - you must hold that discussion in Open Debate.
Importantly - this also does NOT mean that the Open Debate area is a "free for all" where you can say anything. It has the same rules for respect of other members as we have in all of our other boards. No personal insults or negativity towards any group of people (stereotyping, racism) will be tolerated.
The reason we have done this is that we feel Chit-chat has become dominated by politics - and with the upcoming election season it is only going to get worse. We find people are not open to considering other opinions for the most part - so these "discussion" almost invariably end up as arguments. We don't want that in our Chit-chat section.
Feel free discuss any other topic here: money management, rasing your kids, caring for your parents, great vacation experiences, job issues, school issues, health and well-being, etc....
We now have a point system to give infractons:
Violation Points Expires Signature Rule Violation 1 12 Months Inappropriate Language 1 12 Months Direct Attack or Insult 2 12 Months Disruptive Arguing 2 12 Months Discussing Politics Outside of Open Debate 2 12 Months Insulting or arguing with Moderator 3 12 Months Threatening or Demeaning other Poster 5 12 Months
advertising within posts5 12 Months Spammed Advertisements 30 Never
And here is the corresponding list of ban periods:
Carnival Liberty New Year's Eve 2007
Liberty of the Seas 5/2008+11/2009
Allure 1/16/ 2011
Vision OTS 2-14-2015
Politics are EVERYWHERE, especially lately. I am so tired of even like minded people making everything a political statement. Thank you so much for keeping a fun forum exactly what it is supposed to be!!!
I strongly suggest making cartoon debate thread a listing by itself. It is a site that just pops up and blocks meaningful debate and discussion. Just as Open debate thread was moved out of Chit Chat the cartoon debate thread should be taken out of Open Debate and given its own listing so that it does not interfere with the flow of ideas on a subject.