U.S. Politics on Metachat...
A couple of ideas to maybe offset the Pa[l]in.
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Here's one idea:
if you are going to post something that's U.S. election-related, think about also making another post, or more than one, that isn't political... something fun, something new, something different to discuss, a game, something about music, art, books, whatever. A recipe, a funny story about your day, a nice photo - anything that might have caught your attention and might snag ours, too. This wouldn't be a "rule" - but a suggestion (probably included in the post form) that may help to keep things balanced.
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that seanyboy came up with was to actually make a special category so U.S. Election-related posts can be tagged and people who want to find all the politics posts can easily find them and discuss without feeling "guilty", and people who want to filter them out can see the front page without these (seanyboy will correct me if I've got the mechanics of this wrong at all)... this would be a one-time thing, until after the elections.
So... your thoughts on either of these ideas? Or other possibilities?
I know that a lot of people want to talk about this. I was obsessively refreshing the MeFi Palin thread for at least 48 hours straight except for sleep before I got (a bit of) a grip, and I'm still interested in developments, but we also need to be a place where people can relax a bit from that if they want to, while still remaining a spot for folks to freely discuss what's on their minds. How can we make this work?