We all very much appreciate your help with this.
I don't want to be dictatorial. In fact, I hate it.
I'll explain a little bit about our position on this subject in the hope that everyone will understand better why we have taken this stand.
First and foremost this is a forum to help people learn English. Of course members will end up chatting about other topics, but there are limits as to what is acceptable.
I judge what is acceptable using the possible effects on other forum members as a guide. Given we are a forum that will attract many people from all over the world, the risks of talking about politics and/or religion are serious.
My aim here is to make this forum a nice place for anyone
to come and learn here. Our members are friendly and always helpful and happy.
If we allowed people to talk about politics and religion, the risk is that some might get offended and leave. In addition, new members might read old discussions and get a bad impression of what this forum is about.
I don't want that.
I want the forum to stick to language topics and general chat because it is safe. I want everyone to feel as if they can come here, regardless of their religion or political stance, and feel as if they can make friends here and get help.
I hope I'm making sense here, and I hope I'm able to get my view over without adding to the confusion.