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June 29, 2011, 11:45:13 AM
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Politics get talked about.

This is one of those things where you have to give them their own sub-forum, as unlike the Silk Road people, politics will be an hourly thing.  I see SR posts once every few weeks, I see politic based posts within threads, which is fine, but I can't imagine how bad things would be if they no longer had a forum.

Also, I was at first for killing of the section, but I do not see the full benefits.

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June 29, 2011, 05:00:28 PM
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To be clear, I don't support killing the Politics subforum.  I want to see this entire forum either moved to a separate domain and completely disassociated from bitcoin.org; or shut down and archived.  This place is full of crazies, trolls, and drama queens.  It's poorly run, and it makes the Bitcoin project look bad.  I believe it would be far better to let a handful of unofficial forums compete for users, rather than having a single official forum which has no incentive to compete.
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June 29, 2011, 05:04:48 PM
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To be clear, I don't support killing the Politics subforum.  I want to see this entire forum either moved to a separate domain and completely disassociated from bitcoin.org; or shut down and archived.  This place is full of crazies, trolls, and drama queens.  It's poorly run, and it makes the Bitcoin project look bad.  I believe it would be far better to let a handful of unofficial forums compete for users, rather than having a single official forum which has no incentive to compete.

Everything above goes for the economics forum as well. These venues are an embarrassment. Shut'em down.

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June 30, 2011, 05:20:31 AM
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I must admit i skipped large chunks of the discussion after a while scrolling down; but i think i got most of it.


Tell me if you, from both sides, think this would be an acceptable compromise:

The politics and other subforums dealing with more controversial topics not directly related to Bitcoin are kept as part of the forum, but mostly just serverside, when users try to access those sections they are directed to another domain, with a disclaimer stating somthing along the lines of "even though the moderators and participants might be the same these sections are not part of the official Bitcoin forum".


And of course, in both the original forum and in the non-official sections there would be some disclaimer like on chatrooms, games with user created content, chat etc and other things like that, somthing along the lines of "The ideas expressed by users in here does not necessarily reflect The Bitcoin Foundation's position - viewer discretion advised" (i can't remember the exact wording i was going got, but is somthing kinda like that)

WTF is "The Bitcoin Foundation"?  Last thing I want is some board deciding what is or is not necesarrily the official position of bitcoin.

Please folks, start your own forums. 

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July 01, 2011, 01:19:07 AM
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I personally hate seeing forums and other places online, where people are openly talking about their ideas concerning the grand scheme of things. Why do these people have to rock the boat?

They must be silenced! FOR THE GREATER GOOD!

Seriously people! If you want to talk about politics .. do it in the privacy of your own head.
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July 10, 2011, 08:31:56 PM
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I think I have a might better suggestion than those I've read in this thread.

My solution is to hide it. Like not really hide it, but in such a way that if you are looking for the "Halp, my wallet just exploted?!!", you dont notice it.
In order words: keep it at the bottom-mid-bottom. Use colors that dont stand out. Make the design of the politics forum such an eyesore that people wont stay there for longer than they must. Hide everything in a subforum of a subforum of a subforum.
To summarize: Make it inconvenient, and the masses will stay away.
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July 13, 2011, 01:05:00 PM
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It would be easy enough to make it a subtopic of "Off topic" or something like that. But really, if you feel as a user that the quality of discussion in that section is lacking, you can either try to make intelligent posts there yourself or just avoid it altogether.

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