Originally Posted by Gringo
Did you ever prove that this was an actual person? Or am I thinking of the wrong post?
Gringo, since you are thousands of miles away I cannot tell what you are thinking. If you are within 500 miles, I will be able to read your mind. I am working to increase my range.
The deleted post was up for about 6 hours I believe. It was posted, presumably, by an actual person and included a mention of a well known political figure in a way meant to criticize.
Here's the problem—discussions of policy
are ok, discussions of politics
are not. It is difficult to do one without sliding into the other—after all, both words have the same Latin root. Thus, let us look at polity:
"From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
"A polity is a state or one of its subordinate civil authorities, such as a province, prefecture, county, municipality, city, or district. It is generally understood to mean a geographic area with a corresponding government. Thomas Hobbes considered bodies politic in this sense in Leviathan. In previous centuries, body politic was also understood to mean "the physical person of the sovereign" (in monarchies and despotisms, the emperor, king, or dictator, and, in republics, the electorate). Today, it may also refer to a representation of the ethnic or gender demographics of a region; for example, in many liberal democracies, cabinets are chosen to represent the body politic."
The meanings of these words expresses a common idea and then the three words break it down into component of that idea. There are plenty of grey areas.
Discussions of policy usually move towards politics and someone will mention a name or a political party, then the mods sweep in and poof!
, it is gone. Usually the whole post goes, sometimes they edit one because it is a response to the offending one, but they don't like to edit posts because it takes too much time. The grey area is always there and members try to exploit it, some successfully. A couple more posts implied which company to support and they had a political sense to them and while these lasted longer, they are now gone. A couple of years ago there was a thread debating whether to rescue certain companies or not. It was pretty interesting and the mods moderated lightly. Sometimes it got mean, though.
I would not have a problem with a discussion of whether rescuing companies made financial sense, but it should not be in this thread. I think this one was about Ford or Tundra. I have also observed that when a thread runs its course—any possible questions have been answered it either dies, gets silly, or gets hijacked. We may be there.