Hey everyone! I just wanted to write to check in about the Politics subforum. Recently a very well-known and well-liked user left the forum because of their interactions in the Politics subforum, so I figured it would be a good time to check in and make sure other people are feeling comfortable and not threatened or like it's just too horrible or anything. I wanna make a couple points about it that I've been thinking about recently. "Toxicity" is a complicated thing when it comes to politics. Really, politics are us questioning each others world view and morality and huge things about each others' identity, so, it's pretty obvious that things will be tense. I also think it's likely that people are more likely to get a little bit mean or obnoxious to each other in this context. I think, if we choose to engage, we should do what we can to minimize this stuff, while also understanding that it's going to happen. I don't think we have a particularly toxic forum (or Discord). From my vantage point, both are definitely spikey and spicy and there's definitely been people making at least borderline personal attacks. But to me, this stuff isn't "toxicity". Toxicity is like, outright hateful aggression with little to no attempt to engage in the conversation. We've definitely had a few moments where people were bigger dicks than they needed to be - myself totally included in that. But I don't know. Maybe it's "toxic", but just, less so than nearly every other website? My opinion is that we should know before going into political discussions that they are a deep dive into people, and so you're going to see, I think, both the best and the worst of people. It can be rough, and it isn't for everyone maybe, but I think it's important. 1. How do you feel about the current state of the politics forum/discord? (More interested in the forum because the discord is a lot more transient.) 2. Any suggestions or recommendations as to what we should do to improve things?