Betruger wrote:Maybe make a separate sex/religion/politics forum. Those three always get blood flowing and/or temper tantrums. Those inclined to debate those topics would have free reign as ever to do so, and those who aren't would have their friendly polywell-correct forum outside of that subforum.
I feel the same. I used to like the General forum for its non-polywell science posts, but lately its been a bit bland and offputting swamped by politics, economics and AGW where some people have entrenched opposing views and it degenerates into a slinging match. I know the climategate scandal is exciting, but with entrenched positions on both sides it gets a bit repetetive, boring and brings the whole tone down. I seem to correlate this change with the post challenging MSimon about political side-comments being dropped in here and there - and the community here supporting MSimon. I agree with the open policy, but now its escalated I find the noise level too high. Perhaps its better to put aside a corner soapbox dedicated to this.
A review of the last 25 active topics shows only 3 were SCIENCE, 21 were POLITICS/CLIMATE of which 15 were authored by Jccarlton or MSimon.
CLIMATE - Solar and GHG effect in vertical temperature of the atmos.
CLIMATE - Eat that GW believers!
ADMIN - There Have been Some Complaints
CLIMATE - AGW Supporters always ignore this question
CLIMATE - Denialists, skeptics, warners and alarmists...
POLITICS - Living In A Bubble
POLITICS - Liberal view of Government.
POLITICS - Conservative view of government.
POLITICS - Glenn Beck's Question And My Answer
POLITICS - The Real Domestic Terrorists
POLITICS - Welfare in action.
SCIENCE - Mystery object to whizz by Earth Wednesday
CLIMATE - Open Source Climate Models And Temperature Sets
CLIMATE - The End Logic of the global warming bureaucracy
CLIMATE - Temps Stable til 2050, Plenty of Time to Fix
CLIMATE - IPCC Scientist - Half the Warming Is Natural
POLITICS - Small Business Holding Out
POLITICS - Getting What You Pay For
SCIENCE - Two Manifolds
POLITICS - Walking in Hitler and Stalin's shoes
CLIMATE - 10 Stupid Ideas for Mucking Up The Climate
POLITICS - A perfect example of american Creativity
SCIENCE - New Elements From Old
POLITICS - Obama's choices
CLIMATE - A Climate Of Bad Code
For comparison, page 3 Nov/Oct had only 2 POLITICS posts:
SCIENCE - Gone to the moon, BRB(Destination Moon)
SCIENCE - bladeless fan
SCIENCE - Space Elevator Games with Prizes - $2Mil
SCIENCE - Energy Balance of a Dean Device Space Elevator
OTHER - Lest We Forget
SCIENCE - Researchers work to develop new Hall effect thrusters
SCIENCE - Warning: Content not suitable for Children nor all adults
CLIMATE - Belief in Global Warming officially recognized as a religion
SCIENCE - Thrust from Centripetal forces.
SCIENCE - Einstein-Cartan-Evans unified field theory
SCIENCE - Coming Soon To A Battlefield Near You
SCIENCE - Device like ‘Star Trek’ replicator is in the works
ADVERT - Innovative new company
POLITICS - The Ultimate Betrayal
SCIENCE - CIRCLES, SPHERES AND ATOMS
SCIENCE - So what kind of nuclear spaceships are Russians working on?
SCIENCE - All you rocket scientists, an asteroid problem to work on.
SCIENCE - EMdrive resurfaces (unexpectedly)
SCIENCE - Russian president backs nuclear spaceship
SCIENCE - Extra-salty sea
SCIENCE - Polywell on the Moon?
SCIENCE - Brain-machine interface for the paralysed.
SCIENCE - Liqid fuel, Redox Flow Batteries.
POLITICS - Liberal Media Greater threat than terrorism
SCIENCE - Gravity repels
A new forum "Politics - discussion of politics, religion, global warming and all other provocative topics with entrenched opposing positions" or alternatively a new forum "Other science - interesting non-polywell stuff that used to be discussed in General" might be useful in keeping the noise down. I hope its not too presumptive to run a poll, but I'm interested in what people think, so here goes...