General Announcement for Everybody: Over the past few weeks, members have started several political threads in the Lounge, and some of the other threads have taken political turns. Of course, political discussions tend to get heated. Those of us on the moderator team want to thank the members who contribute to these discussions in a civil and respectful way. However, these threads are resulting in a large number of “reported” posts – posts some members find offensive enough to ask moderators to take action. More often than not, we’re finding these reports justified. We do not enjoy giving out infractions, despite what some of you may think. Infractions invariably result in our receiving angry PMs from the infracted members accusing us of abuse of power, favoritism, selective moderation, etc. This is not fun. However, we are prepared to infract, and if necessary ban, any member who violates the forum rules, insults other members, or otherwise conducts themselves in an inappropriate manner on this forum. Please remember that this is a WRITING forum, not a political one. The focus of our time here should be on discussing writing issues and on critiquing each other’s work. If you must talk politics, please keep it civil and respectful.