- Nov 3, 2014
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Me too. In fact, whilst in no way passing judgment on the post that started this thread, I do find a lot of the things written in here about Asian countries in particular to be quite misguided and offensive. One can see lots of that sort of thing directed at other countries than the United States in the Backstage. Not wishing to get into arguments with people, I tend to leave it alone. However, I do believe that the prohibition on politics only applies to US stuff.
From this link:
Politics and political posting on this forum ( which is against the rules ) is defined as US party politics and commentary, pro or con, effigies or satire pictures, memes, "goof" pictures etc of politicians of any particular party or ideology, such as liberal, conservative, democrat, republican, left wing, right wing, Presidential politics, campaign politics or those running for the office of POTUS or their campaign staff, political pundit discussion, etc.
Thus, China seems to be fair game, as are North Korea, the Middle East and a bunch of other places. I'm not sure why the mods decided this, but there you go.
As a Brit who lived for years in Australia, Austria and now Japan for many years, but also as someone who has never spent longer than a week or two in America at any given time, I try not to make statements about the internal politics of the US both here and in general discourse because I figure that it's not my place. I think that it would be rude of me to do so, and I would also be at a high risk of making ignorant statements because I lack direct knowledge and context.
There are surely other online communities where political discourse of almost any kind would be both welcome and appropriate, but it seems strange on a site dedicated to guitars. I honestly feel that it would be nice if people who didn't live in a given country or didn't know a lot about it extended the same courtesy to others on this forum - and especially if members from the US chose to do so, as their internal politics are already protected by forum rules - but that may perhaps be too much to ask.
It was a pragmatic decision by the mods, addressing the reality of the site not its Platonic ideal. While we certainly have members from around the world, the overwhelming majority are Americans, and therefore it is US politics that tend to escalate into shitstorms and flamewars that the Mods are sick of putting out.
This tends not to happen discussing North Korean or Chinese politics.