View Full Version : Discussions of the Presidential Debate in the Backyard

Nano Geek
January 30th, 2008, 08:50 PM
Two threads in the Backyard about the Republican and Democratic candidates running for office in the United States( http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=680309 and http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=680306 ) were closed with this note.
Thread closed. We decided previously that we do not want the US election to spill over to the Ubuntu Forums. There are a variety of off site forums for these discussions.I thought though that the Backyard was the place to talk about the election and politics. As far as I could tell, there weren't any CoC rules broken, and I don't exactly understand why the threads were closed.

I'd appreciate it if someone could shed some light on this.


January 30th, 2008, 10:24 PM
I'm sorry if that seemed abrupt. There have been conversations within the staff forum for nearly a year to deal with all the political controversy that always seems to accompany major elections in the U.S.

We don't allow political commentary in signatures or avatars for this reason.

Forum CoC (http://ubuntuforums.org/index.php?page=policy), section I, item 13
Forum signatures are limited to three lines of text, 10pt maximum font size. Signatures are also not a place for inappropriate material such as attacks, slander, harassment, political or religious remarks. We regret that users are not allowed to use images in their signatures (see staff signature guidelines below in Section III for an exception to this policy). The use of political images in avatars is also prohibited.We have also discovered that the truly international nature of this forum makes discussions of one nation's politics a bit uncomfortable at times. The threads in question, and others like them, get reported with relative frequency, and these were starting to take a turn for the worse in the sense that tensions were rising.

To be honest, you are right, the threads were not in any direct violation of forums rules, but staff felt they were on that path. Under the current rules, though, that isn't sufficient to close the threads...even if we might want to do so. :)

I will reopen the threads.

January 30th, 2008, 11:30 PM
Agreed Matthew , good call given current status.

And thanks asjdfwejqrfjcvm msz34rq33 for your polite friendly approach , much appreciated