Originally Posted by Sand
Threads on NI typically don't fall into the trench warfare mindset - they begin there. Its not as if someone opens a topic on British collusion with loyalist terrorist groups for a broad, interesting debate and exchange of ideas and examination of evidence. They're begun to open up a new front in the trench warfare to exchange the same windups, insults, accusations that others are "bots" etc.
That's fine, but in my opinion the NI forum was useful in that it created a "Thunderdome" arena for it. It also protected the involved posters by giving scope for a separate charter that allowed for the more bitter clashes between posters on those topics. If you're going to merge the NI threads back into the wider politics forum one of two things are going to happen: the "trench warfare" of the NI threads will set the tone for the rest of the forum, or the posters most interested in discussing NI topics will pick up a lot of bans and cards, feeding a persecution complex that is already rampant.
Though with the Politics Cafe now existing, its possible that the trench warfare will simply move to that arena instead, if it hasn't already.
The cafe is a disaster because of a handful of posters who have no desire to debate or discuss and are simply there to hurl insults. That's why discussion on the north (which generally encompasses all-Ireland issues, there are very few northern only issues) should be brought back into the main politics thread, where it can be properly moderated.
The "thunderdome" idea is bullshi
t. Moderate a thread properly to stop it from descending into that nonsense. If there's a topic you have no interest in simply dont click on it. I dont see how it's going to contaminate the rest of the forum.
The northern sub forum is wrong for two reasons. Firstly, it makes no sense as it is comprised mainly of all-Ireland issues.
Secondly, the entire vibe of it is "piss off nordie scum, this forum is for real politics." I mean if youre concerned about people developing a persecution complex there's your number one cause there