Originally Posted by Dr_Watso
If you don't like it, don't read it. Nobody forced you to click, or to get offended for no reason. Why do you feel that other people who can handle a bit of disagreement shouldn't be able to discuss this in the dedicated "off topic" section of the forum?
I'm not personally against discussions like this, but when you start talking more and more about things like this, you start looking at the forum differently. It is a drumming forum after all. I'm not offended, but I would hate to see a forum this good get a bunch of people on just wanting to talk politics and argue. People are arguing about politics all over the internet, and some people want to relax and read about drumming and other topics they are interested in. Sure, I can ignore a thread, but every time a new thread like this comes up, someone else gets an idea of starting another politically-based thread. There have been more than one threads recently closed because of a couple of political threads, some didn't even start that way, but that was how they ended up. I can get on these threads and argue all day, but I don't want to give others bad impressions of me because I always want to argue. I would rather this forum stay peaceful rather than turn into a bunch of debates.
Understand it is nothing personal, but many people like this site and this forum. Why let new members look at this and see arguing and politics? This really will not make this site more useful or enjoyable.