Some of the longstanding members here may recall all the negative things which went down last June, leading to the rule about "No Politics or Religion" restricting even discussion of "Photographer's Rights". I think we're in a better place right now, and I want to open up this can of worms again, at least to open discussion. The question is whether we should open up the "Watering Hole" forum to "broader topical and emotional latitude" (to borrow a term from GetDPI) or leave things as they are. We have two goals which are at odds with one another: Allowing freer discourse for our members is clearly a positive, especially since certain photography-related topics are intrinsically political Allowing such discourse will create more moderator work, and more importantly, we create the potential for blow-ups and hurt feelings that can affect the greater site. Many of us have been on forums affected by this, and I guarantee you that some good members will leave the site and never come back after a contentious political discussion. I do not think we can allow "photography-related politics" without allowing more general discussion of politics. It's a line that is tough to moderate. If we do "open up" this particular forum, some safeguards will be put in place. We'd keep all "Watering Hole" threads off the Active/Recent discussions, so people who wanted to ignore the whole forum could do so. Members would need X (to be determined) number of posts to post there, thus keeping newly registered trouble makers from stirring the pot. Please note that your vote in this poll will be PUBLIC - everyone can see who voted for what. Please vote AND comment.