In another posting Elysium raised the issue of placing a temporary hiatus on the P&C forums.
It is likely that he will go through with it. Although it is his and Certis' site, and they have every right to turn this site into a Financial Adviser site if they wanted. For what it's worth, your opinions may have some value.
Farscry raised some concerns. I derived from his posting that he did not appreciate that some people maintain consistant political viewpoints. He believes this phenomenom is rationale for a cessation of debate since we know where everyone stands.
I believe Farscry made a good point in his posting. He didn't like what he read so he didn't post. That's the American way. If you don't like what you read, turn the page or change the dial. The free exchange of ideas are what makes this country great.
I love to see open debate, even if it is fiery and uncompromising. This board would be boring without Ral and Ratboy and the others. I wouldn't post if it was just me and Ral patting each other on the back. Sometimes the back and forth gets a little tiresome, but I just scroll on down and look for the frog to see if I've said anything witty. But it doesn't upset me that people have firm convictions in their political beliefs. I have no illusions that I will ever change anyone's mind about anything on this board. It's not my mission too.
And that's where I am confused. How can anyone be troubled by what they read on this board? There is nothing racial offensive, the antisemitic remarks are kept to a minimum, and the personal attacks are virtually gone. From what I have seen the postings have been remarkably responsible and for the most part intelligent. Sure, we have some fun, why must politics be so contentious?
Reread my posting as a Democrat. Nothing I said was inconsistent with Democrat policy. You would only believe it is sarcasm if you knew my previous political affiliation. As per my personality, I played it longer than I should have. However, I got the hint and stopped. It was not my intention to ridicule Democrats. I just wanted to be in their shoes for awhile. Think like they do. Play the Devil's advocate if you will.
Anyway, I believe a temporary hiatus of the political forum would do nothing. When it is restored, Ral and Ratboy will still tow the party lines and I'll still be unfunny. If the forum does truly upset you, as host of the Website, I believe you should shut it down completely. You guys put a lot of time and money into this, and I certainly don't think you should have to support something you don't respect.
HOWEVER, do not disrespect the members of this forum, who have been on here for so long and certainly deserve some respect for their loyalty, by placing the blame of any cessation of the site on them out of fear "of what may come to pass if you let it go". You know us well by now. You have changed the rules and we have followed them. We have shown respect to you by conforming to your concerns.
The forums are as they were when I started several months back. I genuinely like everyone on here. I am interested in other people's opinions, even if I know what they'll say before they say it. If I didn't, I would follow Farcry's lead.
In any case, do what you will, I appreciate the opportunity to be heard on the matter.