This has all been discussed before - many times. Pretty basic actually. There are all kinds of political forums on which you can rant to your heart's content.
As long as I can remember on this site, politics has been an off limits sort of thing. It's much like religion... everybody has an opinion and most of us don't really care to hear about it. There is enough acrimony over things like which masking tape to use.
Does anybody really feel the need to discuss politics on a SURFBOARD DESIGN FORUM? Maybe the concept of "SURFBOARD DESIGN FORUM" is hard to understand?
Life is more than just foam and fibreglass, what's wrong with something O.T.?
Can we discuss politics IN surfing ?
maybe move every OT thread to Bugs and Errors and leave General Discussion area just for General Surfcraft Discussion only ?
its in the bugs and error if you want to say more
bring it on
By censoring a thread they show their bias.
To argue about building tech is par for the course here and actually a way to learn. OT threads give us a glimpse of topics from "our" perspectives as a tribal community about something other than A sandpapers vs B sandpapers thereby reinforcing comraderie as a whole.
I'd like to take a guess on what would happen if a political thread continued and didn't get deleted...
one half would take the side of our current president, the other half would take the side of his competitor... everyone would b*tch and moan about why the other side is incorrect and misinformed. nothing would be resolved... no one would change their mind. the election will take place in a few days... whatever happens will happen and there is nothing you or I can do about it. this is why I hate watching television news. quite frankly, I am sick of political ads. that sh*t doesn't belong here... go to cnn.com and discuss it. you read the rules... talk about surfboards!
ghettorat wrote: So many have died for the values and freedoms that are embodied in our founding documents
So many have died for the values and freedoms that are embodied in our founding documents
True. Freedom of speech is possibly the most sacred of our rights under the Constitution. All others proceed from there. Like the right to address our gov't, freedom from religion, due process, etc.
But, this is a privately owned website and those who hold the rights to the site can decide what they want, and don't want, to be posted here. Want to talk politics? Go to another forum, or start your own.
This space reserved to mock trolls
When someone tells you what your doing with those materials is forbidden , or surfing at this or that beach is restricted , or you cannot have a beachfire it may be too late. I guess since my BA is in "Political and Ideological History" I enjoy this stuff a bit more than a few of the folks around here, and then I love to talk about religion too.
Sorry for those who find this a thoughtless meander by a fool, but since I have been shaping boards for some of the most respected and revered builders for going on forty years sometimes just hearing some of the crap that people ask around here boars the S#^t out of me. Still somedays its a challenge just to get the rails even.