This is a tutorial. If you want to close a thread, any thread, all you have to do is post something that includes firearms, religion and abortion. Paul Glaves did this very effectively in the thread I started titled "Why was this political thread closed?" He made an intended joke - a pretty bad joke, I thought - that included those three items, and the next post was closure of the thread. The fact that Paul is well respected for his mechanical knowledge which he shares at no charge on this forum, in talks at rallies, and for several years as a regular columnist in the ON cut no ice with the moderators.
So, if you like me are a nobody in this club, you now know how you can get threads closed. If say you think the only REAL BMW's are those with two opposing cylinders, there is a sure way of getting threads closed about K-bikes, etc. - and you can still check this out as while two threads have been closed, they haven't yet been eliminated.
A couple days ago I went to the ADV Rider forum to find out what was so bad in "the basement." Yes, I am a "member" but had never visited that part before. I couldn't get in. Then I found out that, just like the MOA site, they didn't remember my screen name and password, though I had checked that box. I could read (but not post) on many forums, just like this web site, but not even read in "the basement." Entered both name and password and was in.
I personally believe this club would be better off if it had a MEMBERS ONLY political section. The rules of "no profanity, no personal attacks, no PM's with a person you disagree with" should still apply. And what I saw in the first closed thread leads me to believe club members, with VERY different beliefs, would abide by those rules. Isn't it better to talk our differences as things unfold than pretend they don't exist?