We Should Have a Religious Forum

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    Shrek

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    There is no doubt that political and religious threads are ones that most people would rather avoid. It seems that those people who would rather avoid such threads are the ones who usually come in and create problems. This is such a problem that the freedom to post religious threads in the Community Discussion Forum has come under fire recently from the mods, who are afraid that such threads may lead to massive flaming and countless personal attacks.

    I propose the creation of a Religious Discussion forum that has tolerance for all religious and non-religious points-of-view and that any mass flaming or personal attacks against someone as a result of a disagreement in this forum should lead to severe discipline.

    The idea here is that if there is a separate forum for these threads then it will be easier for those who would rather avoid such threads to more easily avoid them. In other words, those who think they may not be able to post in this forum without mass flaming or personal attacks (out of disagreements) should avoid the forum altogether rather than risk getting in trouble; otherwise, they should be expected to come in and act like an adult.

    Anyone agree to this?
     
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    I don't think one is necessary, but I wouldn't mind there being one. :)
     
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    I, personally, think that MacRumors.com Forums should ONLY contain discussion of Mac Rumors.
     
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    I could not disagree more dricci.... I wouldn't participate in the
    forums if it was all mac rumors. There is such a great community
    here. Community disscusion is where it shows, not in mac
    news, hardware discussion, etc.
     
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    Why do we need a forum for mythological nonsense? I agree with dricci, everything but the Mac discussion needs to go. Have you been in the political forum lately? It's just retarded. I can't even imagine what a religion forum would be like.
     
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    scem0

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    haha good point sun. :D

    How can you (alex ant & dricci) want to get rid of community
    discussion? It adds so much to MR... Too see it go (at least to
    me) would be devistating. :(
     
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    D0ct0rteeth

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    I wish I could block the community discussion threads when I search for new posts.

    -Doc
     
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    i think something is stupid, therefore no one should be allowed to do it? alex, that's very anti-democratic, among other things. there is nothing wrong with other people discussing what they want to. this place is more than some pathetic rumor discussion. if we didn't have a community section, there would be so much personal discussion in the news sections it would be irksome. why try to infringe on other people?

    as to this idea for a special forum, whatever. i don't see the need. i agree to a vicious policy on personal attacks, but i don't think that a few schmucks doing that should stop the rest of us from having a composed discussion. i think "religious discussion" as a subforum would feel strange. we should keep them here.
     
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    that is actually a good idea for a new feature...... Arn might
    want to consider this. But, personally, I don't see how someone
    could want to block community discussion. :)
     
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    shadowfax

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    we can get more mods if necessary, IMO. with growth must administration grow, methinks.

    in a real community, they don't close down communities when they have more people than tghe police can handle... they get more. not rocket science. methinks i know some fellows here up to the job.
     
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    is it just me...

    or are u perpetuating discussions that u know will lead to controversy & flamewars?! :rolleyes:

    I say it's a bad idea. The Political Threads are bad enough already, a Religious Thread would only be as bad.

    Are u that bored Shrek?
     
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    I don't know if there would be enough religous threads to have a whole forum set up for them or not, though.
     
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    Shrek sure does has a nack for flamewar threads...... but then
    again, those are always the most fun :eek: ;) :D.
     
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    AlphaTech

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    Re: is it just me...

    I second the motion.

    A religious forum would be an incredibly bad idea. Akin to Apple going to a x86 processor... nay, worse. :eek: :p
     
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    Re: We Should Have a Religious Forum

    Often the problems are not by the 3rd parties, but those who have very strong opinions about the topics at hand... including yourself Shrek.

    Let me point out that the community forums should not be a place where you should try to preach or change other people's opinions on their lives/decisions etc...

    (Topics may cross those lines of course as in normal discussions... which is perfectly acceptable.)

    As for a religion forum... there isn't a need for such a forum... the occasional thread is fine. The political discussions, however, were overtaking the community forum and benefited from their own forum.

    I'm sure there are plenty of religious forums out there... I'd refer you to those for further discussions on the topic.

    arn
     
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    I don't think we need a religious forum. Anyone entering MacRumors can ignore any forum that doesn't interest them. The Community discusion is very important! It's just a shame that a few bad apples always hurt those of us that are interested in friendly discussion! ;)
     
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    Shrek

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    No, it's just that my threads often unexpectedly become flamewar threads. I don't know why; maybe just a stroke of bad luck. :(
     
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    hoy.....

    This is where I wish there were a :rolleyes: available for the header.

    Though a Religious Discussion Forum would pull some of the more rabidly religious Zealots off the Community threads it would be a clucking circle for these same folks.

    If I was more confident that there could be real and non-foaming-at-the-mouth discourse I would be into a Philosophy and Religion Forum but I doubt that it could go well...
     
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    A Religious Forum is as good an idea as bringing back polls. ;)
     
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    Shrek

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    Re: Re: We Should Have a Religious Forum

    Maybe there are not enough religious threads anymore for fear that they may get deleted or closed. Hmmm. Ever think about that? I think there should be a 'freedom of religion' policy (the freedom to post any religious topics that one wants) on MacRumors and a Religious Discussion Forum would enforce this policy.
     
  22. arn
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    Ah... I have to pull out the analogy I gave to Ovi last year:

    http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?threadid=11396&perpage=25&pagenumber=2#post152566

     
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    Shrek

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    Hey, like my original post says, if you'd rather avoid such a forum, then avoid it!
     
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    This is a great idea! Arn, would it be possible to do a VBulletin hack of some type to do this? Or maybe have the option to pick and choose what categories show on the main page "sidebar" thingy?

    I'm not saying I want censorship and want to limit freedom of speech - I don't. I'm just saying I can go to any forum on the internet and see the same recycled political/religious arguments over and over again. It just gets so redundant. I come here to read about Apple and Mac stuff. And it's also really annoying with the tension and other stuff spill over from the religious/political discussions into the Mac topics.
     
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    by that logic, we could keep them in the community discussion and people would be fine staying away from them.
     
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