I am a member at a few other forums that represent my various hobbies. By the nature of the hobbies, the socio-political topics tend to lean heavily to one side of the aisle. While making for an environment that is non-confrontational (mostly), the discussions are not very educational.
I think we learn from having civilized discussions with people who see things differently than we do. Our minds may not get changed, but we will be exposed to things we might not otherwise have been. Having that go away is a loss to all.
That being said, while I feel a sense of loss that the discussions are going away, I understand the need to insulate the membership from those few who constantly feel the need to yell "fire" in the crowded theatre. My hope is that in a few months this issue can be revisited and perhaps alternatives can be considered.
Edited by openionated, 25 February 2009 - 21:23.