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Title: Is there any particular reason the politics section is visible only to members?
Post by: Quetzalcoatl on March 23, 2016, 05:41:36 PM
I just wonder, is there any particular reason the politics section is only visible for members? This is not intended as a critique, just a question.
Title: Re: Is there any particular reason the politics section is visible only to members?
Post by: Louie on March 23, 2016, 06:10:02 PM
Yeah, it's so that people can discuss their political views without having to be overly worried about their boss discovering that they're in favour of slicing the throats of the bourgeoisie and collectivising the company.

Edit: A secondary reason is that we're not that keen on getting people in who just come for something in Politics that triggered them during a Google search. That's how you get Space Elves.
Title: Re: Is there any particular reason the politics section is visible only to members?
Post by: Captain Video on March 23, 2016, 06:28:14 PM
Yeah, it's so that people can discuss their political views without having to be overly worried about their boss discovering that they're in favour of slicing the throats of the bourgeoisie and collectivising the company.

This makes absolute sense so me, I hope it stays that way.  Thanks for clearing that Up.  Until now I thought it was a Liberal Democrat conspiracy to keep the Skeptical Libertarians in the dark about other skeptics political agendas so they will still join the forum.  >:D

What I don't understand is why Mafia is hidden. I do remember that there was a reason but cant remember what it was or if it is still relevant, we need recruits!.
Title: Re: Is there any particular reason the politics section is visible only to members?
Post by: Louie on March 23, 2016, 06:31:59 PM
This makes absolute sense so me, I hope it stays that way.

It definitely will!

What I don't understand is why Mafia is hidden. I do remember that there was a reason but cant remember what it was or if it is still relevant, we need recruits!.

I have no idea - I'll have to ask Beleth. I'll get back to you.
Title: Re: Is there any particular reason the politics section is visible only to members?
Post by: Quetzalcoatl on March 28, 2016, 10:42:44 AM
Yeah, it's so that people can discuss their political views without having to be overly worried about their boss discovering that they're in favour of slicing the throats of the bourgeoisie and collectivising the company.

Edit: A secondary reason is that we're not that keen on getting people in who just come for something in Politics that triggered them during a Google search. That's how you get Space Elves.

I understand. Makes sense. :)
Title: Re: Is there any particular reason the politics section is visible only to members?
Post by: lubbarin on March 28, 2016, 10:51:17 PM
"..that's how you get space elves" is utterly hilarious.
But now I'm curious, is there some specific meaning to that or was it just an amazing turn of phrase?
Title: Re: Is there any particular reason the politics section is visible only to members?
Post by: amysrevenge on March 29, 2016, 10:21:16 AM
Oh, it's real.  Someone who was more involved can explain.
Title: Re: Is there any particular reason the politics section is visible only to members?
Post by: Louie on March 29, 2016, 07:23:11 PM
Yeah, we've... we've had Space Elves.

And by that I mean that some very confused people popped up, who appeared to genuinely believe that elves from Lord of the Rings (no, really) are zipping around the cosmos in flying saucers. And they're deities or something. I'm having trouble remembering the details, but no, I didn't spruce it up for entertainment value.
Title: Re: Is there any particular reason the politics section is visible only to members?
Post by: teethering on March 29, 2016, 08:04:13 PM
Speak friend and enter:

http://sguforums.com/index.php/topic,21216.msg513415.html#msg513415
Title: Re: Is there any particular reason the politics section is visible only to members?
Post by: lubbarin on March 29, 2016, 08:31:08 PM
Speak friend and enter:

http://sguforums.com/index.php/topic,21216.msg513415.html#msg513415
Oh, sweet Valar, they came to the wrong place..
Title: Re: Is there any particular reason the politics section is visible only to members?
Post by: teethering on March 29, 2016, 09:57:04 PM
They seem like nice people.  Completely bonkers, but benign.
Title: Re: Is there any particular reason the politics section is visible only to members?
Post by: Andrew Clunn on March 29, 2016, 10:10:13 PM
There are also these people claiming they're really dwarves.  Most of them turn out to be just ex-Amish though.
Title: Re: Is there any particular reason the politics section is visible only to members?
Post by: HighPockets on March 30, 2016, 04:24:17 PM
I'm still waiting on the thread about moving mafia to private. I went looking and couldn't find it. It had to be around 2008 because that's when I created an account to continue reading the games.
Title: Re: Is there any particular reason the politics section is visible only to members?
Post by: wastrel on March 30, 2016, 05:52:34 PM
I'm still waiting on the thread about moving mafia to private. I went looking and couldn't find it. It had to be around 2008 because that's when I created an account to continue reading the games.

I think it was in regard to metagaming iirc.  You could read the thread without being logged in, allowing a person under pressure to read the game without anyone knowing they had checked the thread but had not posted.
Title: Re: Is there any particular reason the politics section is visible only to members?
Post by: Beleth on April 02, 2016, 09:47:32 PM
I'm still waiting on the thread about moving mafia to private. I went looking and couldn't find it. It had to be around 2008 because that's when I created an account to continue reading the games.

I think it was in regard to metagaming iirc.  You could read the thread without being logged in, allowing a person under pressure to read the game without anyone knowing they had checked the thread but had not posted.

Yep, this is why.