There are some forums here that are not partisan or should not be – news, international news, labour, environment, feminism. Then we have politics and elections forums that have almost no productive conversation anymore. These two forums drive people apart more than they bring anyone together and there is no effort to find agreement – only to bludgeon the other. The new definition of progressive (instead of those not in the main traditional parties it is those who are not ultra conservative) has turned this place into a battle between NDP and Liberal.
Maybe we should add an NDP forum and a Liberal forum for the more party discussions. Those posting in threads in each forum can respect the point of view of the forum. If you want to argue against the forum’s party go to the general political forum.
The Liberals will have their space to trash talk the NDP and the NDP can discuss NDP ideas, strategy and aspirations without the context of Liberal attacks and sarcasm. People could simply opt out of engagement with the hostile party including having to read through the latest partisan attacks or, if they want, go to the politics forum and duke it out if they choose. But this would allow them to continue to discuss ideas about their party with others who share the same vision.
Maybe this idea could save this place. A taste of the election and politics forums is enough for people to want to run away and never come back. Without as much confrontation in shared threads people might explore someof the other topic areas babble has to offer. Those who want to blow off steam at a party can put this in their own party's forum rather than enraging others.
There are political ideas that a person might want to float with others who share their party views and this place could be a good place for that if we can get the opposition out of each forum.
This would not replace or prevent engagement. It would make engagement with people hostile to your party an option rather than an inescapable burden.