In General Questions, in response to the question of whether or not there were any (paraphrasing) known revolutionary groups intent on altering the present form of government in the U.S., I responded that you need look no further than the Bush administration, without commenting on whether or not that was a good or bad thing.
Subsequently I was notified that:
"denquixote, I remind you that political comments of this nature are not permitted in General Questions. Since you are a relatively new to the boards, I would recommend that you read the Stickies about this forum, one of which is on this issue. If you wish to make critical comments on the administration, there are plenty of threads about this in the Pit. Do not do this again.
General Questions Moderator"
I responded that there was no rule that I could see that banned political discourse from General Questions, that my comment was not political and merely responded in good faith to the OP’s question, which I thought ought to be in Great Debates in any case.
My rant, if you could call it a rant,is with the nature of the warning. I understand the need for categories and order, but what’s with the unduly provocative “do not do this again?” I am not in the third grade and you are not Sister Clare. I understood the gist of your comment from the first sentence.
In any case, it is obvious that if there is a prohibition on political comments, by which it is now apparent that you mean “any comment containing the name of an established politcal party or its most prominent members or proponents,” in General Questions, it is an unwritten one. Rules based on custom and past history that are not in writing are hard to learn. Another poster asks if Dopers are a tolerant group and I would say that the answer, by and large, is yes, but I find the moderators to be … how should I put this … less so.