Under The Gun
reply to post by Nanocyte
Sorry, that was admittedly somewhat dismissive of me. We know there are definitely quite a few members who are sick of the whole thing (add me to that
list), and that was not the first nor last BB&Q thread on the matter.
Ultimately, though suggestions from members and staff alike are welcome, decisions regarding new forums are made by the Site Owners, and while I would
not presume to speak on their behalf, I know they are well aware of both the popularity of the subject and the desire on the part of more than a few
of us to be able to dump all the gun control threads into a dedicated forum.
Tossing in my opinion (and it's just my opinion), the hue and cry related to gun control in the U.S. is at a fever pitch for fairly obvious reasons,
and that's probably going to go on for a while no matter what. I think there's enough traffic on gun control to sustain a forum now and probably for
many moons to come, so I think there's a pretty good case for a dedicated forum on that basis.
On the other hand, it's also one of the hottest political topics right now, and even many of our non-U.S. members can't resist sharing their
opinions on the subject. Though gun control can indeed be considered a specific category of political discussion, it also plays heavily on several
other themes and often finds mention in non-political threads, notably in our conspiracy and survival forums.
Considering that, designating a "gun control ghetto" may not only interfere with forums where there is some degree of topical overlap, but may
require enough moderator supervision and intervention that it could potentially cause problems in other forums by narrowing what is considered
"acceptable" in them. Would we "shush" members who brought up the issue in "non-gun-control" threads, simply because we have a forum for that?
I'm not sure that would be as good as it sounds.
Gosh, I'm just all kinds of helpful, aren't I?
Probably the best way to summarize things for now is that opinions do vary, the owners know what's going on, and if they do decide a separate forum
is best, I imagine we'll know soon enough.
If not, nobody has to read gun control threads if they don't want to, regardless of where they may appear.