Originally Posted by Boss-Hog
Well, we can't integrate your RedsZone sign on with a Peanut Gallery sign on, so if some people truly want to discuss politics as badly as their actions have indicated, they'll have to go through the pain of filling out a one time brief registration form over there.
This actually gets to the heart of the problem concerning the Peanut Gallery. It only has those who want to discuss politics so badly that they are willing to leave the main site and sign on again.
The most essential and most shared criteria for all successful local businesses is free and easy parking. People are lazy. It may seem like just a simple step, but it's like asking customers of your electronics store to go to the building next door to get printers and have everything else in your own store. Only those who really need a printer make the effort to get one.
I've visited the Peanut Gallery a few times, but found I was discussing the same issues with the same handful of people, broken up into two very polarizing camps. Basically, it is just like any other political site, which makes it rather useless for me... no offense to those on it.
What is attractive about Redszone, as has been stated earlier, is that there is such a diverse group of posters, that I learn a lot whenever I am on it, and the discussions are very rich and engaging. It would be a nice plus if we could discuss more serious issues there too.
I completely understand that Boss and GIK want to keep this site dedicated to a higher level of discussion and free from name calling and personal attacks. It probably is the main reason why the site is so popular. But if this is the goal, this will require heavy moderation, no matter what rules you impose and how you enforce them.
This is a discussion board. Discussions are by nature messy and unpredictable, and no matter the subject, people's personal political views are going to come through, though no fault of their own. It's unavoidable.
Banning certain topics might decrease the level of moderation necessary, but I'm not sure by how much, as moderators will have to spend almost as much time making sure the banned topics aren't breached, as they will moderating the mess that occurs when they are. You probably are finding this to be the case.