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. N9MOQ

    N9MOQ Guest

    WHAT moderation?

    Every day I see people calling other members on this forum idiots and cutting them down individually, rather than having any good argument to prove their statements wrong.

    Many times I am shocked to see staff members commenting in the same threads, meaning they seen the insults and did nothing about them.

    When the "moderators" are participating in the threads themselves, and the offenders see that nothing was done about their rude posts, they feel it is acceptable, and they continue doing it.

    It would be no different if a cop was standing on a street allowing people to drive through red lights without doing anything about it. Soon everyone would start driving through the red lights too, because they see the cop doesn't care and lets people do it without any penalty.

    The idea of fixing this problem by eliminating the political forum, would be like the cop in this example closing down the road because too many people are driving through the red light on this road.

    The fault of that being the cop himself that did nothing when anyone drove through the red light, and now wants to punish all those that DID obey the traffic signal that now are not allowed to use that road anymore.
     
  2. WA6MHZ

    WA6MHZ Premium Subscriber QRZ Page

    I'd prefer to keep it, and just have the mods control things when they get out of hand. With this being a Presidential Election year, opinions are high on who is the best man for the job, and these opinions help others form their opinions and selection. Some of the conversations get highly entertaining and exciting to read!! On Religion, thats another story, as some are very sensitive about that. They can be deeply hurt by the sayings of others. But with Politics, Dems or Repubs, its all about the same. Mud slinging, thats just part of the game. Keep the Politics but boot the Religion
     
  3. N9MOQ

    N9MOQ Guest

    Here is an active thread, not in the political forum, but in:

    Talk and Opinions - Amateur Radio
    Hams are stinky noodle head doo doo faces

    It seems that since it has something to do with "Ham Radio" it is acceptable, where as mentioning anything about the election is not, because it has nothing to do with "Ham Radio"

    So much for the argument that everything should be related to "Ham Radio" as if that would solve the problem at hand.
     
  4. N8YX

    N8YX Ham Member QRZ Page

    Fixed that for you.
     
  5. KE5DFR

    KE5DFR Ham Member QRZ Page

    I am a moderator on an RV site, www.irv2.com and we specifically do not allow discussions on politics and religion. Anytime ther is a thread started on either subject, it breaks out in name calling and hurt feelings.

    There are plenty of sites that allow such borish behavior and I do not want to be part of one.

    ken
     
  6. KI4AGR

    KI4AGR Ham Member QRZ Page

    No way --- no way

    My vote is to DEFINATELY REMOVE the politics and religion from qrz.
    fight with you wife over such stuff ! it's more FUN !!
     
  7. AB8MA

    AB8MA Premium Subscriber QRZ Page

    Isolated

    I voted a few days ago for the elimination of the Politics and Religion threads.

    Sorry.

    I say that because I was tired of what I was reading.

    I myself, was not doing any writing. That should elimitate me from voting.

    Unless anybody wants to discuss offshoring my job to India.

    I love India as a ham operator. But ...

    No offense intended to anybody. Just hurting from my first day of inemployement.
     
  8. K0EWS

    K0EWS Ham Member QRZ Page

    I've considered my opinion in recent days, and honestly, the presence of the PJ forum really doesn't matter to me whether it stays or goes. I tend to self moderate. The political name calling gets old, so at times, I'll just go on vacation from it for weeks at a time, and in some cases months. Then again, I have enough other interests to not worry about a political forum on a message board. However, that's me. I'm not everyone. There are a lot of retired guys on here that don't have a lot to do. There are a lot of guys on here who are on the Internet all day at work. Some folks live on here all day. Some folks cannot discuss any politics with anyone else in their lives, maybe they NEED this site. I don't know. Some folks can post on a site without getting personal, and really some can't. That's the core of the discussion, right there. If folks came on here and acted their age, we wouldn't need moderation. If nobody committed crimes, we wouldn't need cops. There's utopia, and then reality.
    So, it comes down to moderation.
    Everyone's griping about better moderation. Yes, moderation is an important part of the board. Especially with regard to personal attacks. Having been on this board, and even this forum the last few years, I know I wouldn't want the job. Especially in the political forum. The minute that a popular poster is removed for their gross violation of the rules, the moderator is accused of favoritism of one political/religious/etc., ideology over the other. Everyone wants better moderation, as long as that moderator is favorable to posters on one or the other's side of an issue.
    Again, I wouldn't want the job. So, I have an idea.
    Fred, to make this thing really accurate and fair, put it to a vote of you and your moderators. If you and the others think it's getting old, shut it down. If not, keep it open. Just know that it will always be a zoo were some of the inhabitants cannot/will not self regulate, and there will always be the flinging of poo on the walls of the cage by someone. If you and your moderators can handle it, so can I.
     
  9. N9MOQ

    N9MOQ Guest

    A better solution would be to not allow name calling.
     
  10. KC2ESD

    KC2ESD Ham Member QRZ Page

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