This board (if it’s any kind of reflection of the past) is likely to reflect strong left-leaning or anarchist principles. Even if that’s not the case, then a culture will likely spontaneously emerge over time that reflects the consensus opinion of the posters here. This is generally a good thing, but can also be quite a negative thing if we are not careful.
In previous incarnations, when a poster (new or veteran) takes a position that is at odds with the board culture, the board responds with a pack mentality and a ton of people will start jumping in to attack the poster. Usually without referring at all to the content of the post, but rather resorting to attacks on motive, sources and other more underhand ways of generally having a good schoolyard rumble. I would really like to avoid this as much as possible. This was especially true of new joiners who came in without fully drinking the board kool-aid on all possibly subjects. They were frequently denounced as trolls and harrassed until they invariably got angry, made some bad choice posts and then were summarily dismissed by the powers that be.
We need a policy to handle unpopular views. I’m open to all suggestions.
One of the problems was recently highlighted in an email to me was how do we want to deal with banning topics, sources or other forms of censorship. On the one hand I don’t want this place to be taken over by a bunch of Breitbart supporting alt-right fascists, who use the notion of free speech to bombard us with loads of stories and links to obviously fascist talking points (and I don’t use the word fascist lightly these days!). I also don’t want the board to be taken over by folks pushing the supposed hidden agenda that the Elders of Zion are slowly and inexorably pushing their agenda of total global domination.
What is the balance between hosting an open space for discussion where we take an honest look at how the various filters at play shape our world, and keeping out obviously rascist, sexist, white (or other) supremacist and generally fascist views.
I don’t know, but I’m opening up the issue for discussion.