These are unprecedented times. We have always had a no politics rule here and it has served us well over the years. We never wanted to be a site that saw Jet fans fight with other fans over things that aren't football related. That is why we have avoided it, the partisan bickering with both sides shouting and neither side listening is easier for us to avoid all together.
That being said, 2020 is like nothing we have ever seen. There are so many topics that are directly impacting us all and it is hard to not speak about them anymore. How do we say, hey we know you are forced to stay at home and you may have lost your job, but please don't talk about Covid here because it gets political? It is impossible, there are things going on that are on everyone's mind. We don't even know if the NFL season will be played in front of fans. Whether fans are there are not we can be certain that there will be players protesting. It all adds up and makes it impossible to not discuss here.
Some people tell us they love that the site is free of all of this. Others tell us we are censoring people by not allowing these threads.
How do we find the balance?
We are implementing a solution called Clubs that will make it possible for both to exist.
The NFL forum and Lounge, all of the existing forums here will remain politics free. We are here to talk football. The other stuff is important but if it isn't football it isn't going to be in the forums.
The new Off Topic Clubs - Beta will launch on Sunday night.
These Clubs are topic based and they allow for threads, image uploads and a calendar option if needed
They are Opt In
Because of this we are going to be able to allow the conversation to continue in a direction we haven't in the past
Just as the Clubs are opt in, they are also opt out, which means anyone who doesn't play nice with others will be removed from the club
We need the Off Topic Clubs to be a community based thing. We need everyone to LISTEN to each other. If you are going there to simply rile others up or name call, it isn't going to work out for you. Clubs are not the kind of thing you will be banned from. They are the kind of thing you can be kicked out of and there is no expiration date on that. It is a one and done kind of thing. So we ask that you take them seriously, treat each other with respect and avoid personal attacks.
I will post the link on Sunday and you will have the option to join any clubs you are interested in.
I stress that if you like the way the site is now, please just post as you are doing. Don't feel any pressure to check out the off topic stuff. They are there for those that want to discuss these topics, but we realize most will probably want to keep the site the way it is now (football only).
Thanks everyone and have a great weekend!