There have recently been a few posts on topics that people have been complaining are “too political”, such as https://lobste.rs/s/yy5vf0/everyone_should_have_moral_code_says, and there was some discussion related to the RMS story here https://lobste.rs/s/skds9f/reduce_merge_story_window too (there were a few other instances, but I haven’t saved them anywhere. If anyone has a list, I’m sure it could help the discussion).
I know this is a controversial topic, since many consider the topics very important and would want to discus the issues with this community too. But at the same time, this always generates a meta discussion that I believe should be taken more seriously, as to solve this issue and set some guidelines.
The simplest thing could be to have a tag that designates a “politics”-related post, not a post on a political issue. This could help those who either aren’t interested, don’t know enough or cannot engage in politics to filter it out. Problems I see would be when such a tag should be applied, since some posts just start or mention a political issue, without it being it’s main focus. But I guess that would be manageable.
This issue (if one even wants to call it such) will only become more urgent as the United States election rolls on, and the whole internet becomes it’s battleground. It’s certain that technical issues will come up, and as to keep the comments focused and civil, setting standards on the developing interests of our community seems appropriate.
I would like to clarify that a tag shoudln’t promote political posts, but rather allow for them to be automatically categorized. I have suggested co-tags, such as “political” (name by @guan) that can only be added but dosn’t suffice as it’s own tag for these kinds, which I think could help, and prevent this issue from further developing. Maybe adding a different colour could help make it more visible?
There seems to be some confusion on this, so I’d like to clarify it:“Politics Related” /= “Politics”
I, and I hope many others too, most certainly do not want a tag that would allow any political posted to be shared here on lobsters. This is about categorising and filtering.