Should the Politics stack exchange be split into separate Liberal and Conservative stack exchanges?
This question isn't as facetious as it initially appears as Politics.SE belongs to a small subset of stack exchanges that are inherently ideological.
"Soft" stack exchanges are not a good fit generally for what was intended as a Q&A model for "Hard" or applied sciences, but ambiguity and grandstanding rhetoric are kept to a minimum on most of these ideological stack exchanges through one of two mechanisms:
- Moderators stringently apply quality controls consistently across all content without fear or favour.
- Everyone in the same stack exchange generally believes in the same thing. For instance, the Christian, Hindu and Muslim stack exchanges have civil content despite being quintessentially ideological; as the majority of their membership have similar values and post with honest intentions.
If we are not going moderate then perhaps the site should split into specific ideological camps so as to raise the level of conduct in each subsequent stack exchange.
Of course, this is unlikely to be workable with the Stack Exchange software after the fact, so the point I'm trying to make is moderate better.
N.B. Is this a rhetorical question? Yes it is - in alignment with 80% of content posted on this stack.