It is apparant there are quite a few of us RBR faithfuls that would enjoy a news and politics thread. I spoke with Todd, and he was open to the idea of allowing us to have such a thread as long as we follow one simple rule. Absolutely no rude behavior, personal attacks, or any other cruel shenanigans against fellow board members. The only way this thread can work is if the participants treat each other with respect. No innappropriate behavior of any kind; civilized debate and discussions (with occassional sarcasm) is what we need to promote this thread. We all need to check ourselves in that regard.
Please note we understand first and foremost this is a sports blog regarding our beloved Tide, and this subject matter clearly falls outside that realm. This thread is started by me with tentative blessings from Todd and the support of other members, and frankly is a trial at this point to ensure a). these sort of debates can be confined to one area, and b). we can keep it civil. We would love for everyone to participate, but please, do not post or read anything in this thread if you feel you may be offended. That is certainly not any of our intentions.
We hope we have the support of the RBR community in moving forward with this idea. If not, or if it goes to far, we will promptly have the thread closed for good. We (I) certainly hope this isn't the case, and hope that, beyond debate, we can have open communication to tweak/change rules and guidelines for this particular thread so that it can grow and spark interesting, thought provoking, and topical discussions.
Thanks, and have at it!