We have our policies - and will stick by them. All the posts made here that criticize or praise religion - and religious practices - are, according to current board policy - off limits.
The Tebow/Religion threads below, however, quickly became a VERY mixed bag - with some posts being off limits, many of them perfectly OK.
To be candid, the thread got away from us - we did not respond to this as quickly as might have been useful.
But having not done so gives us the opportunity to ask for your opinions about limiting these kinds of off-topic posts. Do you agree with our policy of banning (or moving) these? Or do you think we should allow more latitude?
The singular motivation for our exclusion of inflammatory topics - like religion and politics - is that our fundamental purpose here is to build community and support for Cal Athletics - and therefore to not let divisive topics get in the way of that goal.
Once a reader here sees poster XYZ as being a member of the idiot right - or the idiot left - that reader's ability to share common goals re Cal sports gets diminished. As we have so often said over the 12 years of our online existence - "It takes all kinds of Cal fans to fill Memorial Stadium" - and we must welcome them all.
Re the poll I am posting here, I again must be clear that your opinions may not change our policies, but I can say that we will take your responses seriously when we next review board policies.
(Note: this poll is ONLY about potentially inflammatory topics - it is NOT about other kinds of posts we continue to prohibit - like racism, spam, personal attacks, repetitive negativity, and excessive vulgarity).
Please see the poll in another thread.