Originally Posted by fireflyinva
Maybe I could organize a poll on a separate thread? However, this kind of exchange would necessarily have a distinctly political dimension. Are political exchanges allowed in the TOS (provided folks don't resort to personal attacks)?
Discussions of this type are not prohibited. The issue is one of the conditions you mention, personal attacks. We have had political discussions before, and they for the most part start out civilized, but often spiral out of control and get personal. Some of the exchanges were filled with such hate that I was embarrassed to be part of the community.
As a moderator, I prefer that this not be a topic in the off topic forum, due to the additional work it creates, as well as the image that a thread on a divisive topic can create. Other moderators amy not agree with me on this. If you wish to start one, it will be allowed as long as it stays on topic, and not personally attacking anyone, another member of the forum, or otherwise. If posts go that direction they will be removed, and if the thread gets out of control the whole thing will be removed.
Last piece of advice, I was schooled by my grandfather that talking about politics, sex, or religion in a group situation where you are not familiar with the other members position is a recipe for heated exchange. Quite often with unintended results.