Every once and a while we have a controversial topic where it almost always ends up in a lock. I understand flame wars almost always occur with this as well. My point? Well make a section along the lines of "Controversial Topics" or "Debate" or maybe even "Voting Topics" where users can respectfully argue the points of their topic and side. Doing this will not end the flame wars, which is why you can create some rules along the lines of "respect everybody's opinion" or "don't post if all you have to say are things like wrong, racist, stupid, moron, etc." Alongside this you can set up punishments to back the rule up. Just to name a few: -Disabled posting. -Blocked from posting in the section. -Warning level raised. Now the mods could be thinking: Why should I spend my time moderating a possibly high-maintenance section? All of the following I have brainstormed could be perceived as not doing much but it could add up: -Lets people use the rating system a lot more without abusing it so they can easily express their opinion on it if they don't feel like posting or if they agree with another. -Gives a sort of release for people who could just attack someones opinion on the forums, so instead he could respectfully point out the flaws in belief someone has. -Even individual players can click the report post button so the mods don't have to look at it one by one before judging it as offensive. -For the LSA+ if you look at this section you can see if an admin is a downright idiot for posting something without backing it up, or has some sort of intelligence. Why is this relative? It can help you determine a promotion request and weed out people like trolls or people with important biases (I mean like racists, sexists, even pedos.) -Allows a way to vent opinions the right way rather than saying something like "fuck you idiot" in a thread. I am sure there are other people in the community who know what I mean as well as agree. -Lastly, it can contain most of the troll threads we see now to a secluded section where it would be easy to point out. Are there cons to this as well? Yes, I will name a few even though it can hurt the possibility of this actually happening: -Mods might have to pay more attention to the section and determine appropriate, inappropriate, trolling, disrespect, and the lot. (But I would be happy to do whatever to make this easier i.e. the wrong posts to the LSA+ so it can be handled with) A second alternative to this I am not sure if it is possible but elect someone that has permissions to that specific section to handle the right and wrong posts. -More trolling/flaming. -Might cause certain community members to not like each other. -Could make it harder for mods to pay attention to other threads/sections. Open to criticism and even denial, but don't please expel this from your brain just because I said you can.