Originally Posted by Erin Pavlina
But I do think world affairs and politics belong on a personal development forum.
I completely agree. Personal development includes how we relate to what's going on in the world, how we organize ourselves into groups, and how and by whom we're led. The stand of opposing a political thread is itself political; it's not as if you can avoid political influence by avoiding or squelching discussion of politics.
Is it possible to "ignore" a particular forum in the same way you can "ignore" an individual's posts? That might solve the problem of people who just don't want any exposure at all. In fact, it would be a boon, because as Erin mentioned, all political discussion would be coralled into one, easy to skirt, area.
There are areas of discussion I'm simply not interested in, and my eyes just glide by threads about those subjects. When a subject arouses your ire to the point that you don't even want it discussed, that in itself is a great source of fodder for your personal development!