Would you prefer that this site be a comfortable echo chamber for like-minded individuals only, or an open forum for mutually respectful debate from diverse perspectives?
I would prefer diversity, but it should be accompanied by tolerance, respect, and open-mindedness. Mostly what we see here is intolerance of different perspectives, accompanied by rude insults. Consequently, I don’t even TRY to have real conversations here.
I'd vote in support of an open forum where all are welcomed. Only times Admin should step in to censor or ban is if someone makes threats of violence or encourages/promotes any sort of criminal behavior.
That said, I get the feeling a good number of those who voted for an open forum are saying that for appearance sake and don't genuinely support that as claimed, so a poll like this one may not actually be a sound indicator of how others really feel on the matter. They're all in favor of having an open forum until they don't, once another member makes a statement(s) that they may disagree with or consider to be hate speech, then they sing a different tune. Over the years I've been active on here I've observed such scenarios occur all too often. One would think either blocking or ignoring someone would suffice, but that's not always the case.
As for me, blocking or just ignoring is good enough in dealing with those who insist on stirring-up drama and trouble, and when I say I support having an open general forum I mean just that. Diversity of thoughts and beliefs is truly a good thing, and as someone who doesn't exactly fit in with either the progressive or conservative crowds, I can appreciate those who dare to be different and speak out on what would be considered controversial topics.