A Burgundy and Gold Obsession
'Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly and applying the wrong remedies.' - Groucho Marx

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    B The Political Asylum is Now Open

    After some BGO staff discussion, we have decided to remove posting topic restrictions here at BGO and are re-opening the Political Asylum forum.

    From day 1, we have never desired to restrict, limit, or squelch any topic of conversation our members desired to talk about beyond topics which might be deemed profane, violent, or inappropriate for a web community.

    Our decision a year or more ago to prohibit threads and posts of a political, religious, or controversial nature was made only because some members demonstrated a consistent inability to participate in those discussions while adhering to our expectations that members treat each other respectfully, civilly, and in a spirit of friendliness. If we're being honest, the other factor leading to that decision was that our Moderators were becoming burdened with and fatigued by constant misbehavior and the need to moderate when folks could not adhere to basic expectations.

    Many of those problem members are no longer with us. I point that out because it is a new day. We are going to allow the vast majority of our members who can have meaningful discussions around even emotionally-charged or controversial topics while remaining civil and respectful the opportunity to do so. You all are free to converse about the topics you care about. There is only one stipulation. Be respectful. Be civil. Be cognizant that we all have a right to our own opinion and it is not your job to berate another member because you disagree with them.

    If anyone struggles with this you would be wise to forego conversing in this forum. Our new approach will be very simple. Act out and we'll simply toss you. For years we let problem posting go on and on and on because we did not want to lose a single member. Those days are gone. We will toss a member who demonstrates they don't care about the tone and community we desire in a heartbeat. We are not going to have our Moderators working full-time again. They are wonderful people and they deserve to be able to enjoy BGO as a member just like you do.

    With all that being said. The Political Asylum Forum is now open for posting. Go forth and prosper.
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    You do this 3.5 months before the election NO ONE wants will happen?



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    That's almost word for word Henry's response when we raised the possibility


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    Quite literally, that was my response.
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    And away we go.
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    Your wish is my command Katie


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    Dangit! Of course its back open once I cant play as much as I want to! (LOL, maybe thats best for the board anyway!) Real Life has gone plum crazy in terms of time drain. I lurk daily but rarely get the time to post anything valuable.
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    We need to clear something up.

    I'm right and you are wrong. There - glad that is covered.
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    By the way, a quick "thank you" to the mods for opening the PA again. I try not to post political things on Facebook very often because... well, I personally don't believe that's the forum for such discussions. So it's nice to be able to come here and post and debate.

    Thanks guys and gals!
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    Thanks Goal! Yeah, that's the thing, folks may occasionally groan and bemoan that we have opened up the forum again for these topics, but it's obvious from the activity level that there is a lot of interest. I appreciate that everyone is clearly making an effort to keep the aggressiveness of all we alpha males in check. That's particularly impressive in the current environment with so much that's potentially contentious going on. It may feel rough and tumble in the PA, but let's be honest, you guys have been like a bunch of boy scouts so far. I know we can keep it that way while still getting our opinions across. You guys and gals are awesome - especially Henry!
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    I really hate you.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tr1 View Post
    I love everyone. I love all the candidates. I hope they all get elected. I wish for world peace. I hope we end world hunger.

    Politics is fun.

    But seriously, the parties have made up an awful shit sandwich for all of us to swallow.

    I'm sitting it out.
    I swear tr1, I can't even tell anymore when you are trying to be funny, and when you're just being a prick. So I guess I'll just settle on you being a funny prick
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