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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    Re: Political content doesn't mean political discussion

    I have just looked at the deleted thread and feel the same as probus (I wasn't the mod who deleted it either; I hadn't even seen it). It would have sufficed to omit the screenshot of the tweet and simply quote the sentence "The President will continue to put the People first" (simply giving "A tweet by [name]" as the source), along with the simple question "Why is "People" capitalised?"

    The more of the original post/tweet you include, the more it will look like political content and the more likely it will be to be deleted. You will wish to bear this in mind for future posts.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Political content doesn't mean political discussion

    This is as good a place as any to answer the question. The author of the tweet doesn't know the rules of capitalization. He uses it to emphasize a word.
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    Re: Political content doesn't mean political discussion

    I am not on Twitter, and I am reminded every little bit why that is a good thing.
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