View Full Version : Current Affairs Section: Closure Notice (24hrs)

02-27-2016, 12:03 PM
Dear members,

After some deliberation, the team have decided that the Current Affairs (CF) section at Anthrogenica will be permanently closed.

To provide some context for the unaware, the section was public at launch but wasn't well received by some of our regulars, given (appropriate) concerns regarding potential spill-over of conflicts regarding divisive political discussion. Others, however, enjoyed discussing these somewhere within the forum. We reached a compromise catering both sides through our opting in process (http://www.anthrogenica.com/showthread.php?2496-Current-Affairs-Section-How-to-Opt-In). All discussions regarding the CF section may be viewed in the Forum Support (http://www.anthrogenica.com/forumdisplay.php?17-Forum-Support) area.

Since the move in April 2014, the CF section is unanimously deemed by all active mods and admins to be under-utilized. As such, the section is effectively redundant. A good portion of those who've opted in are already exchanging their ideas and thoughts with others elsewhere online, reflecting the under-utilization we've observed here. We have (unanimously once more) agreed to close it after a 24 hour grace period for those who've opted in to salvage whatever useful posts or data they may have contributed to the area since 2014.

Additionally, we recognize that the inevitable overlap of politics with anthropology will mean an outright ban on political discussion is unrealistic. Limitations on overt and current political discourse is one viable modification to our Terms of Service (ToS) that satisfies our requirements here. Further updates on this will be provided after the team has deliberated on our chosen direction.

We thank everyone who has participated in the past in discussions involving this section and hope those who are disappointed with the change understand our rationale here. Thanks again all for your attention.