The rules of the forum prohibit the topics of:
1. Religion and abortion
But nowhere are these defined. This leads to loose and inconsistent application of these prohibitions.
ÔÇ£ReligionÔÇØ is such a broad term that, left as a stand-alone label, can reasonably be applied to many discussions. For many people, their motorcycle or brand or their brand related identity is religious. And religious topics have been allowed ÔÇô yoga for example ÔÇô and no foul was called until it was pointed out that yoga presents a danger to anyone who claims another religion, such as Christianity. For the Christian, itÔÇÖs not permissible to set our ÔÇ£religionÔÇØ on the side and be like the world in our discussions.
ÔÇ£PoliticsÔÇØ is likewise a vague term. People start discussions about government programs ÔÇô how is that not political?
I would encourage the board to re-think its current prohibitions. Instead of vague yet absolute prohibitions, a more reasonable approach ÔÇô that works in face-to-face discussions ÔÇô is to limit such discussion to issues and not make personal comments about posters or subjects in the thread. Why is it forbidden for me to mention, in a thread about the ON magazine, that I would rather give away Bibles than a motorcycle magazine, as was suggested I do with ON? ThatÔÇÖs not an attack on anyone. And anyone who is offended by such comments needs to grow some thicker skin. ItÔÇÖs OK to trash other brands ÔÇô as if the Harley Riders are any less religious about their brand than many BMW owners are.
I, for one, will not and cannot abide by the rules as written. The forum owners have the right to make whatever rules they want. I am merely requesting yaÔÇÖll take another look at how you handle these hot topics. It ainÔÇÖt working too great as it is.