Political issues linked directly to Lewisham - involving our Council / Mayor / schools / hospitals etc.
The topics discussed within Politicos can sometimes get quite emotive, and so to keep things civil, we ask all members adhere to the following rules when posting;
Discuss the points not the people making them.
Avoid straw-man arguments.
Never assume malice.
Avoid personally endorsing political candidates.
Tea Breaks and Gardening Leave
When a topic gets particularly heated, a poster may inadvertently breach one of the above rules – where this happens, a moderator may ask the poster to take a voluntary Tea Break from the thread to calm down a little and collect their thoughts.
Where such requests are repeatedly ignored, or if it is felt that the poster has made a deliberate attack towards another forum member, then a period of enforced Gardening Leave from Politicos will be applied. The duration of any such Gardening Leave will be between 24 hours and 7 days depending on the severity and frequency of the infraction.
In the interest of transparency, a record of any applied Gardening Leave will be maintained here, along with an explanation for each action as and when they are applied.
Politicos is a contentious area of the site that may attract activists from outside the SE23 area. We may suspend accounts who are one or more of the following:
- Anonymous accounts that get stuck into Politicos without significant involvement in the main forum
- Accounts sharing IP addresses
- Accounts with IP addresses outside the United Kingdom