Originally posted by Phlabibit
I think Debate is a HUGE black mark on RHP.
The problem is some users put racist trash out and it upsets one group of users, another group treats it like an interesting topic and debates against it, and yet another group takes the whole thing as a way for them to say more racist crap.
I as a moderator only go near Help, Site Ideas, Chess, and Gener ...[text shortened]... topic might be there is always a good user there to debate the topic in a logical fashion.
By its very nature the Debates Forum is going to bring out heated, 'objectionable' crap that riles up people and offends. The Spirituality Forum sometimes does, as well.
I think removing one or both, however, would be - in your words - a HUGE black mark against RHP. The forums would be reduced to a colorless, insipid little caricature of what they are now - a thriving, informative, humorous, and yes, at times, angry little place where people meet.
Whether it was Russ' intention or not when he started this site, the Forums have grown to be an integral, and to some people, the most important part of this site.
Besides, I have no idea what the stats would show, but I imagine a large number of the people who come to RHP never even go into the forums.
Maybe the little note below the 'Post' button now referring to 'no flaming, spamming ... posts may be subject to moderation' could be moved to the top of a new post and made a little more visible?
Other than that, I don't know - a couple more people with the power to moderate.
I think having a different name for the moderator (as opposed to the mods now using the name they play and post under) - and having Russ add those names to an official 'mod list' would be good.
I also think that rather than removing posts/threads, locking them with a last post reason from a moderator would be good - let everyone see who/what caused a thread to be locked.