Should QRZ allow discussion of Politics and Religon?

Discussion in 'Amateur Radio News' started by AA7BQ, Jul 28, 2008.

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Should QRZ allow discussion of politics and religon?

Poll closed Aug 4, 2008.
  1. NO, politics and religon don't belong on QRZ.

    489 vote(s)
    77.1%
  2. Yes, we should keep the forum open and active.

    145 vote(s)
    22.9%
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  1. AA7BQ

    AA7BQ QRZ Founder Administrator QRZ Page

    Over the past 15 years, the QRZ Forums have become many things to many people. Our Forums offer a variety of discussion groups on a number of diverse categories, and frankly, some having absolutely nothing to do with Amateur Radio.

    A suggestion has been made that we should terminate our support for political discussions and thereby discontinue our Political Junkie discussion forum. The PJ forum was created as a response to a large number of political discussions taking place in our Rag Chew Central area, and it was thought best separate these into their own area.

    Lately, however, I have noticed some unsettling vitriol (vitriol n. language expressing bitterness and hatred) in our Political Junkie forum and am presently considering whether we should continue support for politics in general.

    Before I make the decision to pull the plug, I'd like to hear your opinions on the subject, and to take an informal, non-binding vote. Your thoughts are appreciated.
     
  2. K7JEM

    K7JEM Ham Member QRZ Page

    Yes, it needs to go. It serves no useful purpose on an HR site. There are lots of other places out there for people to discuss this stuff.

    Joe
     
  3. KE4VYR

    KE4VYR Ham Member QRZ Page

    That's what talk radio is for!

    73
    KE4VYR
    Tony
     
  4. WR5AW

    WR5AW Ham Member QRZ Page

    I agree. This is an AR site. As a relatively new ham, I come here looking for answers. Mostly technical in nature. Frankly, I get quite irritated having to weed through all the opinionated trash that gums up the threads. By trash, I mean remarks of a personal nature that have no relation to the question asked.

    I think the political forum should go. I also think members should be reminded to keep personal remarks private. Statements like, "he's just a ....", "it's a troll", etc just detract from the meaning of the discussion and would be better handled through alternate means. There are a few members who seem to excel at those types of remarks and tend to turn it into a virtual hobby. I go through their history and find nothing of substance in any of their posts. It's come to the point where I've started putting certain members on ignore. But that's just me.
     
  5. W8IXY

    W8IXY Platinum Subscriber Platinum Subscriber QRZ Page

    Discussion of Politics and religion on QRZ.com

    In my opinion, as long as QRZ.com has the capacity to handle the data, and the participants handle themselves in a "proper" manner, I am all for those discussions here. The problem is that some participants can get quite "out of control".

    This may be a ham radio site, but religion and politics affect all our lives, just like ham radio does.

    I'd leave the option to delete patently offensive material to those monitoring the content, but if I don't like what I am reading, I am free to move on to another subject or posting.

    "Spin the dial"

    73
    Ted
    W8IXY
     
  6. KC4UMO

    KC4UMO Ham Member QRZ Page

    I say kick it to the curb. This is a AR site and this stuff polutes the forum about as bad as the cb related post. From what I read it only causes arguments between hams. I come here and click new post and most of the time the first two pages may contain 4 or 5 AR related post.

    But that is just my opinion.
     
  7. KD4AMG

    KD4AMG Ham Member QRZ Page

    My vote is to DEFINATELY REMOVE the politics and religion from qrz.

    There are plenty of other sites where it can occur....like ON THE RADIO

    ( so I guess now I will recieve another virus intent on destroying the computer )
     
  8. N8WWM

    N8WWM Ham Member QRZ Page

    Politics on QRZ

    At first thought I was about to vote "NO". After a couple of minutes of thinking I decided that the political discussion might be a good way to get a sense of what Hamdom thinks.

    I'd say leave it in and slap any flamers hard.

    Just my .02 worth
     
  9. KC9JWA

    KC9JWA Ham Member QRZ Page

    Well they start arguements but then again all things do, i guess if they want to release stress then go for it, i personally skip anything to do with politcs and democrats, and just on going threads, wich is easier for me i have less to read, and i got time to do stuff. But its anyones freedom of speech and choices to accept or not on topics, i say long as it keeps qrz alive then no problem.:D I love it here, its like another home .:):p
     
  10. VK2CE

    VK2CE Ham Member QRZ Page

    An Australian view

    It is pointless discussing either subject on any forum as they both end up in a circular argument because opinions are so polarized. Also on this particular forum there are several nationalities and several countries represented, each with their own religions and politics which makes meaningful discussion even more difficult.
    Both topics are, in fact, very personal and individual and not really designed for public debate.

    Kevin vk2ce
     
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