Political discussions - on a non-political forum that is - do you love them or hate them? And how do you manage them? They always crop up in our off topic areas, or people use a not-quite-related thread to get the soap box out. On the one hand, they are divisive and can get quite vitriolic. There is (at least in my experience) a far greater chance someone in a political argument will end up getting moderated when they break the community rules on flaming or swearing, than in any other threads. Then you can lose a member, as they don't like it. On the other hand, they do generate quite a bit of traffic! Heated members post more. And removing content or locking threads is often seen as heavy handed. How do you manage yours? Zero tolerance? Let it run for a bit then step in if it crosses the line? Or leave them to it? And what about those members who post a political opinion so far the opposite of yours, on your own forum? Doesn't that make your skin crawl?