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Hopefully, there will be a few changes to it upon its return.

Suggestions:

1. Give each guest a permanent sign in number. This way, anonymity is retained but you know who is responding to their own thread, etc.

2. Prohibit bullying and racist posts.

3. Get a moderator. Ban those who bully and post the truly disgusting racist comments and pictures. They don’t belong anywhere, let alone on anything related to TV and TOTV. The banning should be permanent and include banning from the main site as well.

I love discussing politics. It was a mainstay in our home as I grew up. But what happens here is not a discussion. It is just ugliness to the nth degree.
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Hopefully, there will be a few changes to it upon its return.

Suggestions:

1. Give each guest a permanent sign in number. This way, anonymity is retained but you know who is responding to their own thread, etc.

2. Prohibit bullying and racist posts.

3. Get a moderator. Ban those who bully and post the truly disgusting racist comments and pictures. They don’t belong anywhere, let alone on anything related to TV and TOTV. The banning should be permanent and include banning from the main site as well.

I love discussing politics. It was a mainstay in our home as I grew up. But what happens here is not a discussion. It is just ugliness to the nth degree.
Excellent ideas. I hope they are listening. I'm sure the advertisers would be pleased as well.
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Old 01-01-2018, 06:23 PM
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Hopefully, there will be a few changes to it upon its return.

Suggestions:

1. Give each guest a permanent sign in number. This way, anonymity is retained but you know who is responding to their own thread, etc.

2. Prohibit bullying and racist posts.

3. Get a moderator. Ban those who bully and post the truly disgusting racist comments and pictures. They don’t belong anywhere, let alone on anything related to TV and TOTV. The banning should be permanent and include banning from the main site as well.

I love discussing politics. It was a mainstay in our home as I grew up. But what happens here is not a discussion. It is just ugliness to the nth degree.
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I would agree with these suggestions. I recall that Carl in Tampa offered himself as a volunteer moderator and he seems like a very fair person from what he has posted on the Regular and Political Forum. He did leave the Political Forum with disgust or it seemed like that because of the bullying by groups of people who often gang up on one person mercilessly. Mainly because they get away with it.
The suggestions of redwitch are excellent, but can be effective only if banning of offensive posters, after one warning, can be quickly implemented.

Taltarzac725 is correct that I once volunteered to moderate the political forums. A Moderator said the gesture would be relayed to the owners for a decision. I never heard anything further.

After volunteering to moderate the political forums I reviewed the multitude of offensive postings and realized moderating them by simply deleting the offensive posts would be ineffective because the hateful personal attacks were made in a frenzy of postings that would be extremely time consuming to review. Only banning the poster would be effective.

And with the technology of joining message boards using masked IP addresses, banning of posters is not fully effective in many cases because a new identity can be assumed by the offender. So the Moderator should have free rein to deal quickly with any posts that contain personal attacks on other posters. The political forums should be about discussing political issues, not insulting each other.

If there are no changes in the political forum when it returns, I will continue to avoid it.
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Excellent ideas. I hope they are listening. I'm sure the advertisers would be pleased as well.


I’d be happier if the political forum just died a peaceful, lasting death.


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Amen.
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I was thinking the same thing. It was difficult from the start, even without all the other stuff that started up over time. It seems that too many people today have political beliefs and opinions that are so deeply embedded that they do allow themselves to be open for discussion other than with those who are like-minded. It was rough from the get-go, just in a different way.
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I was thinking the same thing. It was difficult from the start, even without all the other stuff that started up over time. It seems that too many people today have political beliefs and opinions that are so deeply embedded that they do allow themselves to be open for discussion other than with those who are like-minded. It was rough from the get-go, just in a different way.
So true, all debates should be left for the voting booth.

Hope they have a poll, they would see most people do not want that forum.

It divides the villages and makes it seem like something it is not.
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Old 01-01-2018, 07:52 PM
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Well, I would too, actually, DB--as it is now. There was a time that it did go away. But I believe there was pressure to bring it back, and it was reinstated.

I don't participate in discussion, and the few times I've checked in to the political forum, I was horrified. So I would be happy if it is discontinued. However, there are civil people like Redwitch and others, very knowledgeable and civil people who would enjoy discourse--including my husband the Poly Sci major. I would enjoy reading what they have to say and try to glean something I haven't considered. But it's too hard to wade through all the knee-jerk reactions posed as knowledge.

I really think the anonymity was a very bad idea and makes moderation impossible.
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I’d be happier if the political forum just died a peaceful, lasting death...
I think the 0.5% and 99.5% numbers in the OP speak volumes about the popularity of the political forum.
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I think the 0.5% and 99.5% numbers in the OP speak volumes about the popularity of the political forum.


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I think the 0.5% and 99.5% numbers in the OP speak volumes about the popularity of the political forum.
I would agree, except... there are many more members of the forum than are actually active. So the percentage stated might not be realistic.
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I think the Political Forum should be terminated at midnight before it implodes under the sheer weight of all the BS it has gathered. Either that or I will be forced to release the dung beetles.


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