I want this too. In recent months I sent out personal invitations to several of the main contributors (all of which have opposing political opinions to my own) but unfortunately none of them accepted.
From day one of SE23.life I aimed to build a moderation team that spanned the full spectrum of political leanings. I have always been keen on “power sharing” although admittedly this will never be fully realised while my company owns the domain name. So, for now, I can only approach power sharing and never fully achieve it. But the effort is sincere.
I differ in political opinion with several key members of this community. It’s sometimes awkward. Especially when debate spills out onto the main forum like this - something which we keenly avoided from the beginning (hence the segregation of the Politicos group).
Two of my own posts were flagged in Politicos in the last 24 hours. Not something that happens every day, I might add, and not something I’m proud of. I opened the admin console and “agreed” with both flags, meaning my posts were collapsed.
One question I’ve been challenged on more than once: Is it acceptable that a forum admin has a political stance on the issues of the day?
Here’s my take - I would first point out that admins of other groups and forums may carry the pretense of being politically neutral. But is any human being politically neutral? We are all influenced by our lived experience and the politics of our parents and friends. The kind of people who run forums are the kind of people who enjoy participating in forums. People with opinions.
That said, I can see the Politicos section of this forum becoming a blog / soapbox and it won’t work in this state. I muted General Politics in order to curb my own input into it and this somewhat helped, but I still “cheat” and dip in regularly. Ultimately it has to be the increased participation of others that balances this section of the site.
I want it to work - particularly in an era where other sites and social networks have abused their moderation tools to control which opinions are allowed to be discussed and which are not.
The precedent established on this forum is that people are free to join political discussion if they want, and they’re free to say pretty much whatever they like in this opt-in area of the website. I tend to post a lot there and I’d love this to be balanced by other people posting a lot. I’d also love others (of different political stances) to moderate Politicos, to make it fair and inclusive.