Originally Posted by DerVerge
...Personally, I come here to talk about bikes...On that note, I wonder how well a website set up specifically for political ARGUMENT would work out........
If that's what you and others want, then more power to you. However, I find I can read only so many oil threads and so many FD failure threads, until I become disinterested. A steady diet of any one thing gets boring, and I'd go so far as to say unhealthy.
I might want to make new friends, and this might be a place to start, but all I'm ever going to know about these folks is maybe how competent a rider they are, how good they are at doing their own maintenance, and what's they're favorite color for a scooter. Pretty one dimensional, if you ask me.
Somebody passes (as in dies), I couldn't say I knew that person. Even if I had ridden with them a few times. Someone want or need a reference, sure- I just hope it's re: bikes because that's all we've decided we wanted to know about this particular "community". Who's to say one of us isn't some nut-job/serial killer, stalking a victim because they had a bad experience with a cyclist in their past.
Also, when it comes to online "communities", I don't want to have to belong to a dozen or two different forums to maintain intellectual stimulus. The suggestion that this place is only for bike talk is like going to the local barber shop where the rules are "only haircuts" no chit chat, no talking about anything but cutting hair. Sounds pretty boring to me.
It was mentioned that it's fun to push somebody's buttons to see how long it takes to piss them off. I see this kind of behavior everyday with the men I work with. I can only think of two reasons for doing so- one is because someone is bored, and the other is because their level of maturity isn't much higher than the street curb. Sometimes both applies. If that's anyone's reason for debating, then I have no use for them.
Re: your question about forums for politics, there are numerous ones. One is policymic.com It's not as bad as I've seen some comments on Facebook, but it gets interesting.