That is a great idea Will. There is a wonderful amount of TW related information and some very knowledgeable riders who have helped me gain information about our fun machines. It is a shame that a handful of members want to turn this forum into AM Radio.
Typically on our sites, politics and religion are off limit topics. However, on occasion, we have added such a section if there is enough demand. I'll talk to the site owners and see what their thinking is. Meanwhile, I'm curious just how many of you want to see this happen?
I think some political discussion should be allowed when it's related to motorcycling. Example, BLM want to shut down an area and may be supported or not by local, state, or federal government. Since it may affect our access to riding area's and it's political, maybe this is appropriate.
I would really like to see this great forum remain pure to our specialized little TW motorcycles. The occasional informational governmental information regarding our riding areas I don't have a problem with, we all need to be aware of those things. There are plenty of other places I can find "Oates that have already been thru the Horse". Otherwise "TW200 IT IS"!!!!
Interesting thing about banning something is that now you have the first thing on the list. Once you have a list, it is easy to add to it. I vote no censorship here, if it is in OFF TOPIC then it is complying with the rules. Wait a minute....... I think that this thread is in GENERAL DISCUSSION. (All of my comments should be banned, there is something seriously wrong with me.)
I know that I'm partly to blame for the recent escalation in political talk around here. I started an off-topic thread that I (quite naively, I see now) didn't think of as political in nature. The last thing I wanted to do was stir up a bunch of political fracas, but certain topics just seem to always lead there and I realize looking back that I should have known better.
This forum has been such a great place because it's a rare corner of the internet that's largely free of the ranting, name-calling, and bickering that so often accompanies anonymity. It works best when we focus on our shared interests like riding and wrenching.
I am pretty much the guilty party. Just check my posts. On the other hand, I enjoy the conversation. This forum is very civil. Amazingly so. We have an off topic area, and it suffices. Like all things, no reason to read it if you are not interested. Not sure why anyone would want to ban our friendly banter, but as the majority wishes so it will be. My thought is that there will be far less activity. I'm pretty sure I will lose interest. I don't have non-stop vacation time to take trips nor do I have endless technical problems (damb, I hope I don't).
I agree with Croatoan. I too am a motorcycle activist, and a life AMA member. I am interested in the opinions of my fellow riders on any subject at all. In fact it informs me in ways that amaze me at times. If this forum is really only about one little motorcycle, and not the family of riders who live full lives and share common interests, then it is a woeful and pitiful place in my mind. Besides, some of the true wit shines out in the off topic posts and brightens my day.
If these topics have to be here, put them in a place where they can be viewed only if wanted and make it so they don't come up in the regular activity string. I personally like to read all posts added daily, but some of these are a huge waste of my time. I'm here for the bikes, the mechanics, the adventures and the ride reports.
I know political posts are not allowed in this forum, so I won't go into any specific details, but I feel completely alienated from what often seems like 90% of the population (even though I do not think it is actually anywhere near that high). I can't even make a post like this on, say...
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