Adding a non-gun-related forum section??


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SteelyDan
December 18, 2003, 02:30 AM
You've probably addressed this question before, and I apologize for not searching first, but maybe it's worth reconsidering even if it's been done before.

How about adding a forum section that doesn't have to be gun related? You know, a "campfire" type thing, where we can talk about legal and political issues that aren't gun-related, show pictures of our new babies or 10-pound walleyes, ask travel related questions, camping questions, off-road vehicle debates, whatever. I understand that the emphasis here is on gun-related topics, but even so it seems there may be some benefit to having a less-restrictive section where members can "bounce" their ideas or questions off of other similarly inclined folks.

This is just a thought, with the idea that it would help to promote a sense of "community" that would enhance the site as a whole.

One final thought. I can see where such a section could potentially devolve into debates on abortion or whatever, which would ultimately be counterproductive, so maybe there would have to be some limits on the discussions. But if the "civility" standards are enforced, I'd hope this wouldn't be a problem. I don't know, but it seems worth a try. If it works, you've got a better forum; if it doesn't, you can change or eliminate it.

Maybe it's worth thinking about...

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Derek Zeanah
December 18, 2003, 09:54 AM
Mosey over to Glocktalk to see how well that works. I believe ar15.com has tried something comparable as well...

It's probably not gonna happen here. But if it did, you probably wouldn't like this 'lil corner of cyberspace nearly as much...

TheOtherOne
December 21, 2003, 10:02 AM
even with the potential problems, it would be nice to have. There are so many times I would like to get the opinion of other gun owners on non-gun related subjects. It's also kind of annoying to see all the non-gun threads in the gun forums that try to be gun related by throwing a little blurb in "to keep this gun related ..."

Gary H
January 5, 2004, 04:04 AM
There are members that have never posted outside of "Legal" and seem to have a non-firearms related political agenda rather than a firearms related hobby. One such poster has over three hundred posts in "Legal" and I don't believe that he/she posts other than to promote his/her political viewpoint. I realize that banning someone is a rather difficult thing to do, but at least you would have an off topic place for these folks to post and a place for all of us to post occasionally.

Mal H
January 5, 2004, 11:17 AM
Gary, why do you suppose that that member would move their soapbox over to a non-firearm forum instead of staying put in L&P?

You are correct that we don't take banning members lightly and practically never ban someone for expressing their opinions. (I say 'practically never' because it is unwise to say 'never'. Some opinions are bannable offenses in and of themselves.) On the rare occasion when we do ban someone, it is because one or more of the forum rules has been violated and not because of their specific opinion.

Try the ignore feature - it works.

Alan Fud
January 5, 2004, 11:26 AM
SteelyDan, stop by the Triple-F Ranch @ www.FamilyFriendsFirearms.com (http://www.familyfriendsfirearms.com/) -- we were specifically set up to be a gun board WITH several non-firearm forums when TFL banned off-topic discussions in mid-2000.

Gary H
January 5, 2004, 02:58 PM
Gary, why do you suppose that that member would move their soapbox over to a non-firearm forum instead of staying put in L&P?


AND why do you suppose that they would not?

Try it and we will see.

Ahh, and shut down the off topics posted in L&P... That would be a novel idea.

Mal H
January 5, 2004, 03:17 PM
I guess we'll never know.

Gary H
January 5, 2004, 03:37 PM
I don't understand the opposition to such a thing. It only recognizes what is already going on, but structures it so that members can browse topics more to their liking. Begin to enforce:

Get informed on issues affecting the right to keep and bear arms and other civil rights. Coordinate activism, debate with allies and opponents. Discuss laws concerning firearm ownership, concealed carry and self-defense.

and see what happens..

Alan.. could not get your link to work..

I understand that further input on this topic will not be productive..

jamz
January 5, 2004, 09:06 PM
I've found (from my various car foums) that an Off-Topic area can work or not work depending entirely on the general caliber of person who tends to post at a given site. I've only been at THR for a couple of months, but the level of eriudition here seems to be greater than other gun sites.

Based on that, I would say that an Off-Topic forum at THR would fare significantly better than the ones at glock talk or AR15.

In addition, sometimes a good off-topic area can be the glue that holds a community of people together, even if they do have an initial common denominator (i.e. firearms here).

-James

Alan Fud
January 5, 2004, 09:19 PM
Gary, here is the direct URL to the main page ...

http://www.FamilyFriendsFirearms.com

... here's the URL link to our index page ...

http://www.FamilyFriendsFirearms.com/fff.htm

... and here's the URL directly to the board ...

http://www.FamilyFriendsFirearms.com/vb/

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