The Rusty, quick question: What makes a thread movable to "hot topics?" Honesty curious. Is it simply disagreement, or the level of civility, or the specific topic or thread drift?
I ask because: 1) "Hot Topics" is the kiss of death for a thread, so the move involves both a judgement by you or other mods about what's political/hot, and a second judgement about whether the political ideas should be aired publicly. It's convenient to say they still are, just in a new place, but I'll bet any casual post rate count will show that once something's moved, it's basically over in terms of readership. So moving a topic (I suppose including this post) is not innocent or neutral; it's a form of preemptive censorship.
And 2) It would be helpful to specify what's the trigger. If people are being uncivil, just say so and lock the thread. If talking about market capitalism, pro and con, is a problem, then for sure I can see it might be considered something outside the pale for Ski Gear Discussion if it ceases to involve ski gear every so often. A couple of my posts skirt this line. OTOH, talking about a 200 year old economic theory is not exactly "hot," doubt anyone much cares enough to get offended whether they like the theory or not.
If it's about climate change, it's not a hot debate, it's an established scientific conclusion. Indeed, climate change is something that the world's leadership is meeting about as I write this, and it is something that will have outcomes affecting our skiing. Far as I know, even every single presidential candidate agrees the world is getting warmer.
What's ideological, obviously, is attribution; what's causing climate change. And what we should do about it. Those are different. Although still I think that we should have threads about same out front, not buried in "hot topics," because again, causality and solutions impact our skiing. And our purchasing ski gear. This is not like arguing Obamacare or what we think of a new movie or the latest Supreme Court ruling.