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View Poll Results: Should politics remain in Debates
Close Debates 1 5.26%
Keep debates open and REMOVE political discussion 10 52.63%
Keep debates open and MAINTAIN political discussion 8 42.11%
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Old 08-09-18, 11:38 AM
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Politics at ADDF

Lately Iíve been questioning the use of political discussion in the Debate private forum. The current American political climate has been hostile, at the government level down to the supporter and opposition of the current administration and also from those outside looking in. Many years ago we moved the topic to debates because members could not manage conversation without anger, flaming and just outright hostility. I unfortunately have seen that happen now in the private forum, out to the point where we would advocate murder in the name of immigration control. Gob smacked and flabbergasted.

I question if we should continue to allow this topic now as it has served nothing but a divider on ADDF. As an Admin and as a member I can honestly say that Iím spent from politics being everywhere I go. News, Radio, television programming, comedy specials, moviesÖitís just never ending and itís difficult to escape the never ending negativity, fear, rhetoric and sensationalism. Iím not sure that itís healthy for members to participate in what has now become a toxic environment at ADDF. But, I will say that Iím one of what may be a few and Iím looking to membership to help decide next steps for the Debate section so Iíve created a poll to give you a voice in how we proceed. I believe you know my vote will be for no politics but Iím willing to take your votes on the topic into consideration for next steps.

Always know that if we keep politics as a topic, it will go without saying that future engagements will hold firm to the conduct guidelines. This will not only include the engagement of each other but also in the handling of how a conversation is started. If your topic insights a flaming war it will also be removed and warning/infractions will be levied. Know that there are ways to discuss a topic or put a question to the group that can open healthy conversation. There may also be actions taken against those that are unable to engage in healthy debate. Access will be taken away from the private forum if you fall under this category. So, this said, there are actions that can be taken if the membership wishes to keep political discussion at ADDF.

This poll will remain open for 2 weeks to ensure we can achieve a broader range of members. I look forward to your input.

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Close debates

Keep debates open and REMOVE political discussion

Keep debates open and MAINTAIN political discussion
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