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Old 07-20-2018, 08:11 PM #1
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Political Discussion in The Tokers Den....

Recently I had a member of ICMAG question me in regards to allowing political discussions in The Tokers Den....here is my response:

Re: Politics
Well mate, we have tried banning and binning all political posts for years, but I found that it just led to so many members getting pissed off at us and leaving or trolling the site......so about 9 months ago I started to allow political discussion only in the Tokers Den, but of course passions fly and I need to closely monitor it to try and keep the ad hominem attacks minimal and the flow of the debate constant, basically trying to get everyone to understand that yes they can talk politics so long as they are civil about it and respectful to other members views, no matter how radical they may seem.....

It has led to some thoroughly interesting threads/posts, so long as I keep trying to keep the members in-line and pop a post or two in their to remind them of the rules of engagement it seems to work most of the time.

I reckon that it is important for members to be able to engage on such topics in such a way that they actually start learning how to 'join the dots' and gain a more rounded view of world politics and what might really be going on outside of the main-stream-media's obviously bias views on current events....after all KNOWLEDGE IS POWER!


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* Whether members identify with the left or right are centrists, anarchist, socialists, liberals, democrats, republicans, labourites, conservatives, pontiffs/papists, communists or Indian chiefs etc etc etc, they are welcome to participate in these debates, so long as they adhere to these rules of engagement.

**If any of you have any comments around me allowing political discussion in the Tokers Den, then by all means post below.
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that seems like a very respectable attitude gypsy.
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that seems like a very respectable attitude gypsy.
Just trying to keep it fair and somehow balanced, but those that can't keep their hate on a leash will be sanctioned, particularly if they start attacking the membership here.

*Politicians deserve to be lampooned and ridiculed anyway, bunch-a-lying scoundrels generally.
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Lying scoundrels??!! Why.. I usually bank on every word they utter, whilst barely sitting on the edge of my chair!!
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I'll put my hand up and say it was me who contacted Gypsy. I wasn't aware of how things had played out in the past and wanted to ask his opinion. It's not the political discussion I dislike at all it's the vitriol and unnecessary personal attacks.



When something is being said the way it's said has a huge impact on which direction the conversation goes. I just wish people would play the ball and not the man.
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Most topics can be discussed so long as a certain level of"decorum" ( ) is followed.Many of us understand that not everyone views topics the same,and feathers sometimes get ruffled.

So,most things can be topics for discussion so long as we can conduct ourselves as adults.

Insults such as "left*** scum" doesn't lend itself to adult conversation and should be discouraged at the minimum.

Can I have the ban hammer for a week?Pleeeeeeeese??

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I think that's been the crux of the issue here for a while, AU. And thank you for stepping up and saying what you think. You seem pretty level thus far.

When it becomes a ping pong game of put-downs and crass/crude name-calling, then the members here who engager in such antics sometimes cause the community to look like a less than articulate or mature crew.

Nearly every partisan or political thread here has taken that course, to include those that started out with something meaningful in content.

Then the piling on begins, with glad-handing and back-patting for contributing to the flow. And down she goes pretty quickly.

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I'll put my hand up and say it was me who contacted Gypsy. I wasn't aware of how things had played out in the past and wanted to ask his opinion. It's not the political discussion I dislike at all it's the vitriol and unnecessary personal attacks.



When something is being said the way it's said has a huge impact on which direction the conversation goes. I just wish people would play the ball and not the man.
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Yes, you are all correct in your views on the matter.

....and I have already had to sanction some of the main protagonists.

Hopefully us gentlemen can have serious debates without all the childish baiting and hating into the future, as moose says so many threads end up getting sullied by these juvenile minded members, and that's gonna stop if I have my way.
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