Good forums for civil political discussion
March 12, 2014 2:57 AM   Subscribe

Are there any good forums for civil political discussion? Obviously flamewars and shouting matches are bad and can ruin a forum. If half the comments are jokes (like in /r/politics) that isn't good either. Then there is the issue with posters who are strongly ideological and talk past everyone else, instead of engaging their arguments. So maintaining a forum free from all of these scourges is no easy task, but do there exist any forums that have solved this problem? Basically the only one I know of is, /r/changemyview and that's because the top-level comments are only allowed to argue against the OPs post
posted by casebash to Law & Government (8 answers total) 13 users marked this as a favorite
I post at, a small site where regular participants rotate as moderators, insulting other posters is against the rules, and the user base is smart and willing to dialogue about politics and history. It's the only discussion site I know of that even remotely fits what youre describing.
posted by airing nerdy laundry at 3:24 AM on March 12, 2014 [5 favorites]

American Conservative is pretty awesome. Despite its name the site is more centrist/progressive than "conservative".
posted by KokuRyu at 3:42 AM on March 12, 2014

Since you're familiar with Reddit, try /r/neutralpolitics
posted by msittig at 6:40 AM on March 12, 2014

Obsidian Wings leans liberal, but has a contingent of thoughtful conservatives. Discussion is typically calm and intelligent.
posted by tdismukes at 6:53 AM on March 12, 2014

Yeah, I came to mention I haven't posted there in a while, however, and it looks like that's true for several other regulars.
posted by notyou at 7:14 AM on March 12, 2014

If you're looking for more on Reddit, /r/neutralpolitics is sometimes fairly insightful, though you should still plan on skipping the threads likely to cause drama.
posted by thegears at 7:33 AM on March 12, 2014

This is one of the great things about Twitter. You have to put in the work to collect your civil opposition, but they are there.
posted by norm at 9:56 AM on March 12, 2014

The Debate & Discussion forum of the Something Awful forums might fit the bill. It costs money to register and they ban people for being jackasses, so that keeps things in line.
posted by the big lizard at 9:08 PM on March 12, 2014

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