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    Can we bring back the backyard or loosen up the rules on this forum?

    I used to really enjoy the religious, philosophical and political banter on this forum. It encouraged educated discussion and attracted more conversation between the various members of this website, alongside no small amount of spontaneous and horribly bad (Yet somehow... also good) Ubuntu/Linux jokes. I think removing the backyard and restricting previously allowed topics of conversation has caused the community here to stagnate as a result of decreased hostile, but simultaneously honest conversation between users. So while the forum has become relatively tame, it's also become somewhat of a hivemind or sheeplike in its nature.

    I don't expect immediate agreement with this, but I'd like it if you'd at least take this suggestion under consideration.

    Also, does handy still post around here?

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    Re: Can we bring back the backyard or loosen up the rules on this forum?

    Plenty of other places on the web for "religious, philosophical and political banter", where it almost always devolves into something less than "educated".

    I doubt Canonical wants that here or wants Ubuntu to be associated with it. Pretty sure the moderators would not want to start policing those kinds of food fights, either.

    Such things would clutter up the forums, making it more difficult to search and find relevant info. That diffusion of useful content might easily impact the site's Google ranking, as well.

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    Re: Can we bring back the backyard or loosen up the rules on this forum?

    Quote Originally Posted by buzzingrobot View Post
    Plenty of other places on the web for "religious, philosophical and political banter", where it almost always devolves into something less than "educated".

    I doubt Canonical wants that here or wants Ubuntu to be associated with it. Pretty sure the moderators would not want to start policing those kinds of food fights, either.

    Such things would clutter up the forums, making it more difficult to search and find relevant info. That diffusion of useful content might easily impact the site's Google ranking, as well.
    This ^^^

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    Re: Can we bring back the backyard or loosen up the rules on this forum?

    I suppose that's fair enough.

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    Re: Can we bring back the backyard or loosen up the rules on this forum?

    Personally I like the forums as it is.

    Discussions of politics and religion are always a non-ending debate with no winners. I dont go other places for it because of this.

    Just my taste on the matter.
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    Re: Can we bring back the backyard or loosen up the rules on this forum?

    Quote Originally Posted by pretty_whistle View Post
    Personally I like the forums as it is.
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    Re: Can we bring back the backyard or loosen up the rules on this forum?

    Quote Originally Posted by pretty_whistle View Post
    Personally I like the forums as it is.

    Discussions of politics and religion are always a non-ending debate with no winners. I dont go other places for it because of this.

    Just my taste on the matter.
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    Re: Can we bring back the backyard or loosen up the rules on this forum?

    This is not the correct place to post this. If you are wanting changes to the forum you should inform the admins directly by posting in Forum Feedback & Help. Thanks.

    Either way, The Backyard is gone, unlikely to return, and along with them conversations regarding religion or politics.
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    Re: Can we bring back the backyard or loosen up the rules on this forum?

    Quote Originally Posted by pretty_whistle View Post

    Discussions of politics and religion are always a non-ending debate with no winners..
    actually the one with "stronger argument" wins.

    i am glad we do not have these discussions here.
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    Re: Can we bring back the backyard or loosen up the rules on this forum?

    Quote Originally Posted by mastablasta View Post
    actually the one with "stronger argument" wins.

    i am glad we do not have these discussions here.
    Are you sure about this? My experience is that most people just continue to believe what they believe but now you have a reason not to like someone because you disagree on some matter.

    Keep the forum as it is. If our political and religious views match fine, if they don't it's not relevant to helping each other use Ubuntu better.

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