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    #1

    Political content doesn't mean political discussion

    Hello.

    Today one of my thread was deleted by a moderator for the reason "Political content". However, I didn't mean to have a political discussion. What I focused on was its language use. That was still an English learning thread. Please see:

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    This is a forum with members from all over the world, and therefore political discussion is banned due to its potential to offend.

    Discussions about religion and politics often become arguments very quickly. Our general policy is not to have such discussions. We are a language forum and, as far as possible, discussions should stick to language issues. There are political aspects to language learning and teaching, but any discussion that starts to get heated will be closed or deleted.

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    As you can see, the rule doesn't say that a thread should be deleted just because it contains "political content". Political content doesn't necessarily mean political discussion. I was asking about the use of "the People" in a twitter in that thread. In addition, there wasn't anything offensive in it. Therefore, please restore the thread. Thank you.
    Last edited by kadioguy; 02-Oct-2020 at 12:54.
    I am not a teacher. If there is anything ungrammatical in my post, please correct it. I am grateful for your help.

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    #2

    Re: Political content doesn't mean political discussion

    From what I remember of that thread, it seemed to be about a question of language, not politics.
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    #3

    Re: Political content doesn't mean political discussion

    Quote Originally Posted by Piscean View Post
    From what I remember of that thread, it seemed to be about a question of language, not politics.
    I agree.
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    #4

    Re: Political content doesn't mean political discussion

    Quote Originally Posted by Piscean View Post
    From what I remember of that thread, it seemed to be about a question of language, not politics.
    I agree as well.
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    Re: Political content doesn't mean political discussion

    What's the link?

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    #6

    Re: Political content doesn't mean political discussion

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    What's the link?
    I am not able to give the link, because it has been deleted. It was in the "Ask a teacher" forum. Its title was "[Grammar]Your President will continue to put the People first!"
    I am not a teacher. If there is anything ungrammatical in my post, please correct it. I am grateful for your help.

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    #7

    Re: Political content doesn't mean political discussion

    Kadioguy

    I was not the moderator who deleted your thread, but as a mod I am able to see the deleted thread. Had I been the first to see it, I too would have deleted it. There was no need to include the entire quote from Ms McEnerny, who to be frank is a professional
    political operative in a highly polarized America. Every single thing she says is blatantly political. If you simply want to know about her English usage, maybe try a shorter quotation from her, rather than an entire posting.

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    #8

    Re: Political content doesn't mean political discussion

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    What's the link?
    Here's the link.

    kadioguy had already seen teechar's reply on the language content before I deleted the thread, and can PM him to repeat it if necessary.

    We recently asked GoodTaste to refrain from posting threads with political content. If this had been allowed to stand, GoodTaste for one would have wanted to know why.
    Last edited by Rover_KE; 02-Oct-2020 at 23:00.

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    #9

    Re: Political content doesn't mean political discussion

    Nobody's asked for my opinion but I'll give it anyway.

    I strongly dislike the forum rule that users may not post language with political content. The point of posting is to ask about use of language, not to make a political statement. I find it rather sad that any grown-up members of the forum would consider enquiries about use of language 'inflammatory'.

    Having said that, I very much appreciate the rule that political discussion be avoided on the forum. This certainly is no place for it.

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