Per Colibri’s instructions in this other thread, I am moving a moderation dispute to this forum about a flag supporting particular types of federal LEOs.
It is not a “political jab” to be discussing the meaning behind a political flag; it’s the whole point of that discussion. There is no rational reality in which ICE, an enforcement agency targeting non-white immigrants, can be anything but racist, and it is not exactly a secret that racial purity is an open and militant part of the GOP platform. To call someone a “sycophant” when they’ve literally designed a new flag to showcase their support for a cause is likewise not a jab. These are not accusations, they are merely descriptions of everyday reality.
I have great respect for Colibri and his posts, but I cannot stand by this moderation decision. I believe it was made in poor judgment and serves to squelch and chill meaningful discussion rather than merely encouraging decorum – if that is even the goal.
I further question the usefulness of the “no political ____ (jab or otherwise) in GQ” rule itself, as the line between what is political (what isn’t?) is too often arbitrary and capricious. What is the point of limiting political discussion on a topic that is innately political? If something seems to be veering into territory uncomfortable for GQ, why not simply move the topic into Politics & Elections instead of worrying about whether it fits GQ rules? Such mundane moderator actions happen frequently between other forums (say, moving GQ threads to Cafe Society), so why not simply apply the same noncontroversial tactics to posts you consider “too political”?
I am sorry if I come off as an ass about this, but I strongly disagree with the moderation decision in this case. This has a chilling effect on otherwise lively discussion, and it’s just not the kind of environment that I feel we should be promoting here.
I appreciate the time you all put forth here as volunteer moderators, but I cannot in good conscience agree with this decision. If it must be final, and you stand by your decisions after this appeal, then I ask that you please permanently ban me from this board as my (meek) protest. In that case, I wish you all well for the many interesting years here. Thank you then, and goodbye.