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#1 of 31 OFFLINE   Jason L.

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Posted August 07 2006 - 08:43 AM

....but is there a site that I can go to that has intelligent discussions on politics - without loudmouths, wackos, agenda-pushers, and bomb-chuckers?

I know that this is probably an impossibility, but I was looking for a sensible site I can go to for politics.

#2 of 31 OFFLINE   Greg_S_H

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Posted August 07 2006 - 08:49 AM

Of course, the catch is, if I mention one, we are suddenly talking politics on the HTF.

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#3 of 31 OFFLINE   Steve Christou

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Posted August 07 2006 - 09:08 AM

We can discuss insect politics, anyone interested?

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#4 of 31 OFFLINE   mattCR

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Posted August 07 2006 - 09:14 AM

A lot of the major papers have pretty terrible discussions, actually. Most of them just get flooded with flamers (on both sides) who deal exclusively in discussion by screaming rather then reason.

There are some that are OK (forums.sptimes.com) because they've managed to stay small but still veer off into spammers also.

The big sites are all partisan, and therefore reflect the view of that community.

There you go.

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#5 of 31 OFFLINE   Holadem

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Posted August 07 2006 - 09:18 AM

Or you can can settle for the thinly veiled political discussions in the Gas Prices, Global Warming and Real ID Act threads Posted Image.

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#6 of 31 OFFLINE   Joe Szott

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Posted August 07 2006 - 11:19 AM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Jason L.
....but is there a site that I can go to that has intelligent discussions on politics - without loudmouths, wackos, agenda-pushers, and bomb-chuckers?

I know that this is probably an impossibility, but I was looking for a sensible site I can go to for politics.


No, probably not. Read a range of wacko, nutjob site and decide which is the most sane for you. One person's reasoned arguement is someone else's manifesto of doom, it would be like me telling you whether you like chocolate or strawberry shakes better.

#7 of 31 OFFLINE   ChristopherG

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Posted August 07 2006 - 12:13 PM

Depending on what side of the political aisle you sit on, there are a bunch of political blogs out there that have some great discussions. Some of the best discussions I have seen include folks from across the political spectrum.
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#8 of 31 OFFLINE   Jack Fanning

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Posted August 07 2006 - 12:23 PM

From my experience with a few forums that I'm interested in:

SEC football off topic forums lean heavily to one side.
Music newsgroups (Pearl Jam, Springsteen, etc) lean heavily to the other.

Not hard to figure out which way they respectively lean...

#9 of 31 OFFLINE   Craig S

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Posted August 07 2006 - 12:24 PM

I always thought it would be cool to start a forum to specifically talk the "forbidden subjects", set its mission statement to encourage all points of view, and only allow established, trusted, adult HTF members to join.

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#10 of 31 OFFLINE   James L White

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Posted August 07 2006 - 12:25 PM

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I always thought it would be cool to start a forum to specifically talk the "forbidden subjects", set its mission statement to encourage all points of view, and only allow established, trusted, adult HTF members to join.


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#11 of 31 OFFLINE   Bryan X

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Posted August 07 2006 - 12:31 PM

But unfortunately we can't trust you James. Posted Image

#12 of 31 OFFLINE   MarkHastings

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Posted August 07 2006 - 12:40 PM

Can we discuss not discussing politics here? Posted Image

#13 of 31 OFFLINE   DougR

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Posted August 07 2006 - 02:29 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Jason L.
....but is there a site that I can go to that has intelligent discussions on politics - without loudmouths, wackos, agenda-pushers, and bomb-chuckers?

I know that this is probably an impossibility, but I was looking for a sensible site I can go to for politics.


You could try :http://forums.roadbi...isplay.php?f=79

#14 of 31 OFFLINE   JeremyErwin

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Posted August 07 2006 - 03:38 PM

Macaddict: The Ministry of Free Thought. Leans left, though some of the more competent posters (those that can hold their own in argument without trolling, ad hominems, etc) are libertarian or conservative.

#15 of 31 OFFLINE   JeremyErwin

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Posted August 07 2006 - 04:18 PM

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Or you can can settle for the thinly veiled political discussions in the Gas Prices, Global Warming and Real ID Act threads Posted Image.

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#16 of 31 OFFLINE   Scott L

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Posted August 07 2006 - 05:42 PM

http://forums.offtop...splay.php?f=140

^ the ultimate cesspool

#17 of 31 OFFLINE   Jay H

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Posted August 07 2006 - 11:29 PM

Hey, if DougR is going to post a link to a bike forum (roadbikereview), I will post a link to another bike forum:

http://www.bikeforum...splay.php?f=230

What is this with cyclists and Politics (and religion) since the above is also a religion forum?

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#18 of 31 OFFLINE   Arthur S

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Posted August 08 2006 - 02:45 AM

Don't quite know the answer to Jay's question, however, the ever so slightly tarnished Floyd Landis seems to have brushed up against all three.

#19 of 31 OFFLINE   D. Scott MacDonald

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Posted August 08 2006 - 06:13 AM

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I always thought it would be cool to start a forum to specifically talk the "forbidden subjects", set its mission statement to encourage all points of view, and only allow established, trusted, adult HTF members to join.
Something like this has already been done, but it turned out to be a complete train wreck. It only proved that people like to argue, and when their arguments start failing, they start name calling and acting like total morons. It rarely matters that they can state their case logically and calmly on this forum for the topics that we are discussing here. It also really takes only one flaming jerk to completely derail a discussion.

For these reasons, I doubt that a good public forum for these forbidden topics could be found.
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#20 of 31 OFFLINE   Chuck Mayer

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Posted August 08 2006 - 06:27 AM

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I always thought it would be cool to start a forum to specifically talk the "forbidden subjects", set its mission statement to encourage all points of view, and only allow established, trusted, adult HTF members to join.

While I love the idea, the execution would probably fail. Forum information and discussions have some amount of "leakage" into other areas of the board. Human nature Posted Image

Besides, do you really want to know how stupid all of your online buddies are???
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