As many may recall, we used to allow Politics in this board. But it got nasty. Lots of name calling and accusations, then hiding behind the anonymity of the internet, as well as unknown locations/distances. So we cut it way down, allowing discussions about things that were political, but no politics, i.e. this meant no mention of names, parties, blaming, pejoratives, etc. But once again, some people had to find a way to push beyond the intention and turn it ugly. So now we have the "No Politics" rule.
"No Politics?" How do you do that? After all, you can hardly discuss a parking ticket without there being a political aspect to it. True. So true. However, we think that the level of discourse on this board can handle a rule such as No Politics.
Yup, you can hardly talk about the price of eggs without there being a political aspect to it. BUT, you donít have to talk about that political aspect. There are economic, sociological, psychological, health, etc., etc., etc., aspects to virtually every topic. As long as those are whatís being discussed, and the political aspects are not, then subjects are open for discussion.
Now, that may mean that part of the "economic, social, physiological, psychological, health, etc., etc., etc.," aspects may have to be restrained in order to not cross the line. After all, theyíre often intertwined, sometimes inexorably so. Alas, thatís the price of running a board thatís NOT about politics, but about Sport Touring primarily aboard BMW motorcycles. There are plenty of other places to get your political fix, both on and off the internet (big FAT hint).
So if you see a topic that has a strong political aspect to it, and the only contribution you have to offer the discussion is of a political nature, click away and go to another forum. Or read, watch and see if you can find within yourself the ability to look at the other aspects of an issue and share with your fellow members some enlightened input that steers clear of the world's second-oldest profession.
We want to be clear. The Admin Team does not like having to do this. But for the sake of harmony on this board, we must.
Let's keep it simple. Anyone can make a mistake, so first warning is likely (but not always) going to be free.
Second violation will be banishment from the board for anywhere form 7 - 180 days, depending on the circumstances.
Third violation is permanent banishment.
As always, Administrators will have the discretion to vary from this linear progression if we determine that an individual case should warrant that. And no, try as we might it will not always look to you like it's "fair."