We all would like to think that we're refined or educated, and that we've some sort of evolved consciousness that allows us to understand the Way Things Must Be, while everyone else is the Other that can't possibly have a point or two now and then.
The sad part is that so many don't understand that even those answers were fed to them. The social damage that is done from the simple assumption that "no one could possibly disagree" simply can't be quantified.
Gamers, of all people, shouldn't be doing anything to push other people away.
That sounds good but sadly it is complete rubbish and a somewhat passive aggressive attack on those that perhaps would rather not see the hobby over run with militant, screaming social justice warrior.
Gamers, like all other people should absolutely be picky as it regards who we associate with. Why would i ever want to hang out with a social justice warrior that is convinced that gygax was a racist or who argues that the drow society disparages feminism or that casting orcs as savages is racially motivated? Those people need to be pushed back to whatever university rec room they escaped from.
I suppose one could argue that this is a political statement I have made but it is not, it is a statement on the state of the game (D&D) and what is driving many of the changes to it as well as the state of the forums devoted to it and the sea of filth that they have become.
Sorry, but this is absolutely political and exactly what I would say needs to be kept clear of our discussion forums.
I have been a member of the TLG forum community for years, and know many personally from cons. I have had a lively socio-political talk with Davis after a full day at GenCon.... I have had people of strikingly different ideologies as members of my gaming groups. We have even occasionally had a few board discussions that did intersect with some socio-politico things in the real world, because it's hard to completely separate ALL connection when you play a game that has, at it's core, social structure, politics of war and mythic nations, concepts of religion, alignment and even definitions of "good" and "evil."
But with all of this almost always these forums remain civil and respectful. People who know each other and know they might have striking disagreements can nod and say, cool, we disagree, back to the game...
But you are declaring clearly your desire to purify or purge difference, you clearly declare those of us who are politically possibly the opposite to be "trash" and "filth" and to demand that the community "push back" those that don't see things the same as you. You decry politics on the other boards, but seem intent to ignite the flame here... are you seeking to validate that everyone here agrees with you? They won't and they don't, but here we should refrain from openly insulting others.
Add: Which is exactly Fiff's point - to respect others' potential difference and thus, as the original policy states, leave specific politics off as much as possible. I can admit I can and have let myself get drawn in a bit into some threads, but as I said I think it's impossible to completely wall-off our personal ideologies from our gaming views, but refraining from assaults, attacks, name-calling are really what we are wanting, I think, to keep clear of.