Historically no, but I’m of a mind to enforce it.
FWIW I would rather not be arguing at this level. It’s shit and debases the site. That said, I’m also serving an objective for people to speak freely.
I don’t see a better way to resolve those conflicting priorities than this thread. @Goatboy was correct about the old Brexit thread - it was little but insult trading for the past day. I’ll hold my hand up to my part in that but it was clear that my opponent wanted to debate at shall we say, a lower level.
I personally don’t see how the Brexit thread was served by Map repeatedly insulting me, and me flinging back returns, so I asked Map to take whatever abuse he had and bring it here, where a much lower standard of “debate” is tolerated. I told him quite explicitly that gloves would be off. He knew what he was walking into.
My experience of this thread is that 90% of the time, people don’t even get here. A mere mention of Beef Thread is usually enough for ears to prick up and the message to be heard. Sometimes it gets here, and bereft of the audience a topic people might actually be interested in reading, these things normally burn themselves out quite quickly.
I have every expectation this latest tete-a-tete will do the same.
I am not averse to opinions on changing the universal state of debate, to say that certain things are not on, but that’s going to put all of the mods in a state where we have to determine what is right or wrong and start censoring posts or suspending users.
I’m more than happy to put a giant fucking disclaimer at the start of this thread and rigorously enforce the Beef Thread redirect, as to warn new users.
For right now, freedom of speech prevails, and if we want that, and want to keep other threads beef-free and full of lively discussion, those that want a proper beef can do it here.
I compare the old Brexit thread with the new one and just wish I’d enforced it sooner.