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post #1 of 138
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My Unread Posts page is chock full of posts about guns (three started by Josh yesterday afternoon) and abortion (started by Josh today) and the Middle East and Iraq. I don't visit that forum, because I don't want to talk or hear about guns and abortion and the Middle East and Iraq.

I appreciate that it's late summer and people are itchy (at least Josh is) and that this is the way it is. To be absolutely clear, I will defend to the utmost the right to speak freely on the Politics and Hot Topics forums, so please don't think of me as some delicate flower who can't stand the idea of people discussing these kinds of important issues, or who wants to censor the site.

But I'm starting to think I should get my Passholder status lifted so I don't need to brush up against brambles every time I want to see what people are up to (and I do want to sign in so I can get PMs and whatnot). Before I ask for that, though, I was wondering if there's a way to block an entire forum, the way we could block a person we don't want to hear from. Any ideas?
post #2 of 138

Same here.  A number of years ago I voluntarily hd myself blocked from the Lounge and P&HT for basically the same reason.

 

Trekchick, can we do this?

post #3 of 138

Me too, please.

post #4 of 138

epicski has always been my happy place.  My sanctuary away from the stresses of life.  I too am a staunch supported for the freedom of speech and spent a good portion of my adult life making sure we keep it.  Typically in the rest of my life I can control it with a remote control or some other tuning device and avoid the channels that piss me off.

 

Every time I get sucked in to a controversial discussion, it has been after avoiding it at first but then giving in because I saw the headlines of what someone wrote and, well, some things are just too stupid to let go by.  Next thing I know, I'm not so happy at epicski. 

 

I know I'm an adult and should have better control of myself and my feelings, but this is who I am.  So, if there is a way to avoid certain forums, I would like that ability.  If there isn't, it would be a worthy thing to invest in.

 

Thank you,

 

Ken

post #5 of 138

I know what I did a few years ago was ask to no longer be a supporter so I could have my access blocked to the private areas.  I guess we could ask to not be Passholders now.

 

This wasn't about Josh or someone posting tons of things like what's happening now.  It was about not wanting my friendships with people damaged by reading some of the things they posted.  This is a ski forum and to me that's all I want out of it.  I have no interest in hearing radical ideas from either side of the fence on epic.  There is too much divisiveness around us as it is, and as L&AirC said this is a place to escape from radical differences and bond with people with a COMMON passion.

post #6 of 138
I identify with many of the thoughts here. When I have them, I try to do two things:

1) Employ the "whatever" stratagem and move on. I get on Epic for my enjoyment and edification. If it's not enjoyable or edifying I walk away. (Except when I don't. Doh!) In the case of the politics forum, I generally just blow past all the headlines in the new posts feed. Whatever. There they go again. It's like the telephone: It's really there for my convenience, no one else's; if I don't want to answer, I don't.

2) Give people credit for having a brain. (Not always easy, I know!) For example jamesj and I are at opposite ends of the political spectrum, but we get along fine because we both love skiing and he, at least, has a brain.
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Originally Posted by qcanoe View Post

I identify with many of the thoughts here. When I have them, I try to do two things:

1) Employ the "whatever" stratagem and move on. I get on Epic for my enjoyment and edification. If it's not enjoyable or edifying I walk away. (Except when I don't. Doh!) In the case of the politics forum, I generally just blow past all the headlines in the new posts feed. Whatever. There they go again. It's like the telephone: It's really there for my convenience, no one else's; if I don't want to answer, I don't.

2) Give people credit for having a brain. (Not always easy, I know!) For example jamesj and I are at opposite ends of the political spectrum, but we get along fine because we both love skiing and he, at least, has a brain.

 

Exactly and this has worked for me for a long while, unfortunately lately the new posts feed has been flooded with Political stuff making it harder to ignore.  

post #8 of 138

The solution we have for that is an "exclusion" category for those who don't want to see anything in the Passholder area. 

 

Upon your request, we cat put you in that user group which will block you from seeing any post in the Passholder Lounge, which includes Politics and Hot topics. 

 

For those who would like to be put in that user group, please contact one of the administrators or moderators. 

post #9 of 138

As I've gotten older, I find it easier to ignore political hot topics -- just to preserve my mental health.  I might glance at, say, a gun rant, might even post a very chill, stripped, efficient argument, but I try not to get involved.  I won't even look at a thread about the president.

 

I got so crisped during the prior administration that I no longer try to convince people of something they'll never accept.  On Facebook, I just unfriend.

post #10 of 138
Glad to see Trekchick has offered a solution to Litterbug's very valid question.
I've struggled/stumbled with the same sentiments expressed in this thread; i. e., whether to weigh-in on hot topics with my most fiery and divisive personal opinions vs. remaining civil and mostly not commenting. The old maxim "never discuss politics or religion in polite company" does have merit at times - such as when sharing a fun ski day together! Not that there aren't times to stand up for your beliefs - respectfully and lawfully.
post #11 of 138

I feel like this option has been suggested before and for some reason I thought I had opted in as wanting to be excluded, but maybe the fact that being excluded means NOT JUST the Hot Topics, but the other forums as well:

 

If there is a way to do it, Hot Topics is the only one I'd like to skip.  Otherwise, I just need to police myself.  

post #12 of 138

+1 to what sibhusky said.

post #13 of 138

I'm looking into seeing if we can restrict your access from a specific forum while still letting you keep the benefits of Passholder status (like the extended edit windows, and stuff like that). 

post #14 of 138

Thanks Tyler, would that be with or without clips though? :D

post #15 of 138
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epicski has always been my happy place.  My sanctuary away from the stresses of life.  I too am a staunch supported for the freedom of speech and spent a good portion of my adult life making sure we keep it.  Typically in the rest of my life I can control it with a remote control or some other tuning device and avoid the channels that piss me off.

 

Every time I get sucked in to a controversial discussion, it has been after avoiding it at first but then giving in because I saw the headlines of what someone wrote and, well, some things are just too stupid to let go by.  Next thing I know, I'm not so happy at epicski. 

 

I know I'm an adult and should have better control of myself and my feelings, but this is who I am.  So, if there is a way to avoid certain forums, I would like that ability.  If there isn't, it would be a worthy thing to invest in.

 

Thank you,

 

Ken

 

 

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I know what I did a few years ago was ask to no longer be a supporter so I could have my access blocked to the private areas.  I guess we could ask to not be Passholders now.

 

This wasn't about Josh or someone posting tons of things like what's happening now.  It was about not wanting my friendships with people damaged by reading some of the things they posted.  This is a ski forum and to me that's all I want out of it.  I have no interest in hearing radical ideas from either side of the fence on epic.  There is too much divisiveness around us as it is, and as L&AirC said this is a place to escape from radical differences and bond with people with a COMMON passion.

Well said guys!  I totally empathize!

 

 I make a pretty strong effort to avoid these threads and it is very rarely I make any posts there because it is quite simply a waste of time.

 

They are typically populated entirely by a predictable 10 or so posters and for all of them their responses to a particular topic are totally predictable as they are dictated almost entirely by their political leanings.    No offense guys but it is obvious what your viewpoint is going to be and you are not going to be changed by any argument in the same way as the opposite side isn't going to be changed.  Is it really worth the bandwidth to just, for the most part express solidarity with each other??

 

Of course the other regretful trend I am seeing is that  there is at least one poster  that appears to be emulating what I see on most of the political boards.  They dive into almost every post, regardless of topic, to try to present the progressive/regressive (depending on your leanings) viewpoint to try to stifle anything else.  A paid troll working from his parents basement???:D  Hopefully not but seems a lot like it at times....:popcorn  

 

Whoops!  did I just break my own rule!!:D

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It is doable, I am working out the details. Please send me a PM if you would like to not have access to Politics and Hot Topics. 

post #18 of 138

In all the years we have had this forum, we had ONE person ask not to have access to it (for work reasons) and in the past two days, 4 people. Hmmm. :nono:

post #19 of 138

"Otherwise, I just need to police myself. "

 

Think  about this, people. 

post #20 of 138
IMO dumb threads and dumb posts are best ignored. If you respond, you just help keep that thread at the top of your feed. If the thread or the poster is truely disruptive, they should be nuked. People who consitantly contribute to the forum in a positive manner should not have to tiptoe through a minefield. What defines a positive contribution vs a disruptive one is another matter.
post #21 of 138

For me, it's not that I get sucked into discussions. It's just the inconvenience of having to look for wintersports or outdoor sports related topics on the New Post page. For instance, I also ignore car/automotive talk topics. If I could just check which forums to load into the new posts overview, that would be epic. 

post #22 of 138
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I know what I did a few years ago was ask to no longer be a supporter so I could have my access blocked to the private areas.  I guess we could ask to not be Passholders now.

 

This wasn't about Josh or someone posting tons of things like what's happening now.  It was about not wanting my friendships with people damaged by reading some of the things they posted.  This is a ski forum and to me that's all I want out of it.  I have no interest in hearing radical ideas from either side of the fence on epic.  There is too much divisiveness around us as it is, and as L&AirC said this is a place to escape from radical differences and bond with people with a COMMON passion.

 

 

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Originally Posted by Philpug View Post
 

In all the years we have had this forum, we had ONE person ask not to have access to it (for work reasons) and in the past two days, 4 people. Hmmm. :nono:

 

That would be at least two people including me.

post #23 of 138
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It is doable, I am working out the details. Please send me a PM if you would like to not have access to Politics and Hot Topics. 
PM on the way. Thanks a gazillion!

ETA: I do 'share' my thoughts on politics and society on the internet, but pretty much limit it to political sites populated by serious wonks, weirdos, and freaks (different kinds than we have here on epicski). I've learned over the years that it's better, and usually more interesting, to compartmentalize my interests on the web.
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ETA: I do 'share' my thoughts on politics and society on the internet, but pretty much limit it to political sites populated by serious wonks, weirdos, and freaks (different kinds than we have here on epicski). I've learned over the years that it's better, and usually more interesting, to compartmentalize my interests on the web.

 

Ditto.  Not just with the internet but in real life as well.  There are certain conversations that shouldn't be brought up at certain times; i.e. discussing politics and religion when you have dinner guests.  I have yet to have a conversation with anyone, my entire life, that agrees with all of my views; to include my wife.  I'm glad people are having the conversations.  I have those conversations, but I don't go to the barber shop to discuss ski techniques, and I don't come to epic to talk about grooming standards.  Come to think of it, I discuss whatever the barber wants to discuss and agree with her on any of her views, at least until she's done with my hair cut ;).  Which reminds me; I have to go get a hair cut today.

post #25 of 138

Heading to the Barber shop today. We talk about skiing. He's a Snowboarder.

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Heading to the Barber shop today. We talk about skiing. He's a Snowboarder.

Does he cut your hair regular or goofy? 

post #27 of 138

I'm not sure I understand the problem?  I have never once looked at the "Hot Topics" or "Politics" forums on Epic and have no idea what goes on in there.  If those areas bother you, why would you look at them?  Are you telling me that those areas jump out and grab you?

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I'm not sure I understand the problem?  I have never once looked at the "Hot Topics" or "Politics" forums on Epic and have no idea what goes on in there.  If those areas bother you, why would you look at them?  Are you telling me that those areas jump out and grab you?

The past two days there were (more than usual) threads started in the Politics and Hot Topics area.  If you were a member who enters the site through "new posts"  you had to go over half way down the page to find ski related topics.  

For someone who tries to avoid the PHT area of EpicSki, that was pretty "In Your Face" to many members.  

 

Like you, I don't have a hard time avoiding them, but some folks would prefer to avoid seeing these topics all together. 

 

Some members have security sensitive job(s) and can't afford to have those topics pop up on their browser.    We need to respect that. 

post #29 of 138
I admit to having been drawn in because of the extensive number of new threads showing up in New Posts. I, too, would like to have the ability to check which forums are down in New Posts. I have zilch interest in Golf and Cycling as well. Since it's summer, those topics and whatever Josh's latest rant is, seem to outnumber the ski related threads.. Substantially. Maybe instead of creating a new user class of Passholders who don't want Hot Topics, it would make more sense to allow all to check the forums to be included/excluded in New Posts.
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Originally Posted by tetonpwdrjunkie View Post
 

I'm not sure I understand the problem?  I have never once looked at the "Hot Topics" or "Politics" forums on Epic and have no idea what goes on in there.  If those areas bother you, why would you look at them?  Are you telling me that those areas jump out and grab you?

 

Grab is a little strong for what happens.  More like seeing a crowd all of a sudden gather across the way from you and you look over and wonder what's going on.  Trekchick explains the mechanics.

 

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The past two days there were (more than usual) threads started in the Politics and Hot Topics area.  If you were a member who enters the site through "new posts"  you had to go over half way down the page to find ski related topics.  

For someone who tries to avoid the PHT area of EpicSki, that was pretty "In Your Face" to many members.  

 

Like you, I don't have a hard time avoiding them, but some folks would prefer to avoid seeing these topics all together

 

Some members have security sensitive job(s) and can't afford to have those topics pop up on their browser.    We need to respect that. 

 

I'm pretty good (knock on wood) at avoiding car accidents but I tend to look at them driving by; do they have help, do they need my help, etc.  Either way, I looked and now it's there in my thoughts.

 

 

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I admit to having been drawn in because of the extensive number of new threads showing up in New Posts. I, too, would like to have the ability to check which forums are down in New Posts. I have zilch interest in Golf and Cycling as well. Since it's summer, those topics and whatever Josh's latest rant is, seem to outnumber the ski related threads.. Substantially. Maybe instead of creating a new user class of Passholders who don't want Hot Topics, it would make more sense to allow all to check the forums to be included/excluded in New Posts.

 

Yes!!!

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