Cowcatcher touched on a point which I so dearly believe in. This site and any other site are only as good as their members. We, the members, make the site what it is. The success of this site is dependent upon us. Those of us who post regularly contribute in more ways to this site than I can count. We keep the flow. We help put it on the web map. We are responsible for recruitment.
I cannot stress how significant each regular poster means to this site. Playground is the planet and we, the members, are the core which keeps the planet alive.
What I asked for is not much but at the same time, I don't want my request to be granted if no one else shares my vision. If no one wants to discuss controversial issues, then I am fine with not being able to discuss them. But if no one wants to discuss them in fear of members getting out of hand, then I encourage you to petition for what I asked. Like I have said, the forum rules are set high and those who continually post here regularly are abiding by the high standards already. There should not be too much difference in discussing a controversial issue and an MMA match.
When I first joined, I did not know if I would stay because the traffic is slow compared to what I am used to on other sites. I fell in love with the fantasy leagues but that was not enough to keep me here. I stayed because there was a hint of intelligence in the air but it was not very noticeable. Every now and then a thread pops up which calls for intellectual posting and the intelligence which was once faint - blossomed into an auditorium filled with all sorts of aromas. I would catch a wiff here - mmm, that smells good. Catch another wiff there - mmm, that was good too. I would go around sniffing all the scents and wonder to myself, "Why did I not smell them before?"