For real, this site was overrun and infested with shitty /pol/posters and highly charged, vitriolic threads in 2014-15. That's a pretty big reason Ponyville came into existence to begin with. Now, though? Can someone produce some examples of actual posts on this site from the last two weeks that are /pol/-tier?
Easy mode: they can come from anyone
Nightmare mode: no Power Chord posts
If someone's actually legitimately being inflammatory, uncivil, or bigoted, then yeah, we've got rules against that already. To be honest, Power Chord should probably be banned or at least warned for some of the crap he posts. But I swear some of you guys just strawman the hell out of not only anyone who says something slightly right of center, but even anyone who doesn't join the lynch mob in shitposting at them.
Noonim is now posting on the supposed hugbox chan. Surely, you might be wondering, he got banned right away for being a nazi sympathizer and shitting up the board with endless /pol/ garbage, right?
Actually, he seems to get along pretty nicely with just about everyone there, even when opining on political subjects.
People there are civil with him, he's civil with them, he just interacts with and enjoys the community same as everyone else. Almost like he's not actually some evil nazi boogeyman out to slaughter all the gays and brown people, and can actually be pretty calm and pleasant to talk to when he's not getting dogpiled and shitposted into oblivion with an endless litany of condescending greentext and frankly baseless accusations of cryptofascism. How can someone be both a radically individualistic anti-authoritarian and a fascist? It defies logic.
I'm 100% against /pol/ and genuinely despicable, bigoted, violent, hateful rhetoric. But that:
1) Isn't what goes on here a vast majority of the time.
2) Doesn't mean we need a McCarthyesque purge of everyone on this site who holds anything remotely resembling a right-wing position.
3) Doesn't mean we need Leftist Shitpost Squads prowling around ready to brand anyone they disagree with as a cryptofascist and mob them with snark and insults.
That kind of behavior is why current western politics have degraded into this polarized shitshow to begin with. Instead of talking and listening to each other to understand people's actual beliefs like decent human beings, people just tweet smug retorts at anyone with a different perspective and go back to jerking off their buddies who have all the same opinions as them. /pol/ does the exact same thing, especially 8/pol/; anyone who's not full-blown natsoc is a commie ess jay double jew cuck shill. And if your kneejerk reaction right now is to reply to this with ">hurr you guys are the REAL nazis" or ">hurr horseshoe theory iamverysmart centrist", guess what? That's exactly what /pol/ does too when you tell them they're being right-wing Tumblr.
of all people, one of the nicest and most thoughtful posters this site's ever had, is getting mobbed and insulted and accused of being /pol/ for presenting a calm and level-headed discussion while perfectly willing to listen to reasons why he might be wrong despite the fact that people objectively went about it like absolute dicks
, maybe, just maybe, you guys are getting a little bit too paranoid and a little too trigger-happy. I'm pretty sure Rose is actually pretty square in the middle of the left half of the political spectrum, though that is admittedly just conjecture. Regardless of that, I hope we can all agree he didn't deserve to have the Discord Secret Police come after him and treat him like dirt. The right-wing posters aren't the ones dragging down the level of discourse on this site anymore, and I say this as probably one of the loudest voices in favor of removing /pol/posters back when we actually legitimately had far-right assholes making garbage threads on /oat/ every day about why black people should be kicked out of America.