I’ve closed the Brexit thread until tomorrow morning at 8:00am as things got a little heated tonight.
I suspect we’ve lost a few members for a while.
It’s a divisive topic and I’ve happily unsubscribed from it (Muted notifications) and I’ve lived in blissful ignorance of its existence - until I started to see posts flagged for abuse and off-topic tonight.
Special Area of the Forum - Divisive Topics
I raised this idea with my fellow mods because I could foresee what has just happened on the Brexit thread.
I got a less than lukewarm reception from the mods because I believe they felt it smelled like censorship.
But I’d like to run it past the membership to see what you feel. Here goes.
There are some topics that will raise the temperature, make tempers flare and result in personal abuse. I think our flagging system does a good job of handling these instances of abuse, but not before the rest of the forum has been pulled into these spats. It makes the whole forum appear very unfriendly for a while.
If we allow these divisive topics to be viewed by every visitor by default then this place looks like a shit place to engage with people.
One solution would be to move certain threads to a hidden category #divisive-topics.
The threads in the #divisive-topics category would not be visible to the general membership by default.
Importantly, anybody that wants to see these divisive threads would be able to do so.
Nothing is being censored. Just removed from view.
I see it as moving the porn to the top shelf.
If you want to see the threads in this category, you would simply go to the groups page.
(Hamburger menu - Groups) - https://www.sotonians.com/g
From there you would request to become a member of the @Divisive group.
Once a mod has seen your request, you will be added, so nobody is being excluded.
And we’re not censoring any content because anyone can see anything - they just need to take the step of requesting membership of a group first.
So, Is setting up a divisive groups area a good idea?
- Yes - this is a good idea we should trial it
- No - we don’t need to worry about divisive topics. Everything is OK.
- No - I don’t like the Divisive Topic idea but we do need a way to handle problem topics
- Other - please reply with details below