Tiassa: Okay. I think I get it. Your complaint is that you believe that some discussions are "presently precluded" or "poisoned at the well" because somebody (me, presumably) is trying secretly to defend some political opinions without telling anybody what they are. Is that correct? So, let's see if we can narrow things down a bit. Which discussions are precluded, in your opinion? What is nobody here able to discuss because of these unenumerated political views of mine? Please give some examples. After you've done that, you really ought to tell me what the problem is, exactly. Let's assume, for the sake of argument, that I have political views that I'm unwilling to share with you (or anyone). Why I would have such views is a bit of a mystery to me. You know, you could just ask me what my political views are on X or Y, or whatever, and see whether I'd like to share. You might be surprised. Anyway, let's run with your claim for now. So, I have these political views that I'm not disclosing. And your complaint is that these secret political views of mine mean that certain (so far unspecified) discussions are impossible for anybody to have on sciforums. Why are they impossible? Does everybody have to know all my political views to make discussions possible? I don't get it. Now, if you have specific claims that my undisclosed political views have poisoned some well or other, so that you feel sadly unable to carry on an honest discussion about something, perhaps you should make those specific claims, rather than just vaguely alluding to conspiratorial secrets that might not even be real. I assume that you believe that these secret political opinions of mine affect the way I moderate this forum. Can you give any specific examples of where you think a hidden political opinion of mine has affected some moderation decision I've made. Because, you know, I'm usually fairly careful to explain moderation decisions. I leave notes in relevant threads. When I issue a warning, there's always a clear explanation of what the warning was issued for and why. So, where is the secret politics supposed to come in, exactly? Also, if you think I'm harbouring some secret and harmful political views, then why the hell don't you just come out and say what you think they are, rather than making these vague insinuations? I'll most likely tell you whether you're right or wrong. I'm pretty open and accessible when it comes to being asked about my politics. In fact, I would have thought that after sharing this forum with me for over 20 years, you would have gained an inkling of my political inclinations by now, even without asking. Shall we clear the air? Ask away. Who knows? My unenumerated political views (if there are any) might be enumerated, with very little effort. It occurs to me, also, that perhaps I'm coming at your complaint from the wrong angle. Maybe these unenumerated views you're so worried about are not my views, but the views of somebody else who is here? In which case, why don't you ask them to enumerate their views for you? Why ask me? Your refrain is that I'm somehow acting to protect these secret political views, whatever they are. Well, spill it out. What am I supposedly doing to protect them? Why is it bad? Which views are you even worried about? Or don't you know, seeing as they are "unenumerated"? Are you having a generalised anxiety attack? You know, I don't see anybody else fretting about this. Just you. Maybe the problem isn't real. You want to resume an old discussion? What do you want to know from me? Maybe post your questions in the relevant thread and I'll see if I can help you. It seems that neither you nor I have any clue what these political views might be. Where's the problem, then? If I have ever commented about suppressing political views, I'm fairly confident I would have been specific about why I thought that was a bad thing. But maybe I wasn't clear. So ask me. What do you want to know about?