OT: Why political discussions do not work on this forum
This is a response on the closed "OT: The Enemy Within" thread started by @LinearLineman. The thread was closed just when I started to join.
Here are my thoughts on political discussion on this forum and why they just don't work.
@LinearLineman has a probably a point in saying that this forum has not enough diversity of thought when closing the thread. Looking at the thread this looks true. I'm not sure if this is actual the case. I think the real reason why it doesn't work here is that people are just going to this forum to talk about iOS music and everything that comes with it. Apps, music hardware devices, music in general and of course have some fun. Of course there are a few contemporary ideology evangelists on this forum, but most aren't interested in conversion overhere. Because especially on the internet you find them everywhere and they seem inescapable. While there were in the past a few attempts the "politicize" this forum, most members started the walk away from this type of threads and they where thoughtfully closed by @Michael as soon as they were flagged.
Recently we saw efforts by @Michael and @LinearLineman to build respectful discussion on things they, and probably a lot of forum members care, but instead of keeping everything on topic you see the more political enthousiasts on this forum dominate the threads and getting their agenda's on the forefront, which ends in "orange man bad" or the opposite pov.
My idea is that you can discuss everything and respect and learn from others views as long as there is common ground, and not starting to become personal. If we talk about common ground we saw this in @Michael 's thread. Nobody denied the environmental problems only people had different solutions or gave their worldview.
Still I see this problem of the few evangelists that you find everywhere, so with this in mind it looks that this is not the right place for this type of discussions and people that want to can just go to other places on the net to voice their opinions. So let us put our polical differences aside and just enjoy this forum as long as it lasts.