I personally didnt notice any political statements in anyone's signature. I noticed the sticky right away though. But I'm not exactly TCS's top surfer or poster either. I havent been through a lot of threads lately so maybe I missed them. As for the IMO forum, I dont go into that section deliberately, so if that is where the majority of the political expressions were, I was less likely to see them. And seeing as though the members that do participate in the IMO forum tend to be more opinionated, I do think the chances of them flaunting their views is more expected.
I dont know if I really care if someone shows their support for a president or a particular party, be it democratic or republican, in their signatures, as long as it's tasteful. But I can totally see the moderators point of view though, where do you draw the line. So to avoid any confusion, might as well ban it altogether. They say never talk about politics, religion or sex, especially with strangers or people who have such a brood varied taste. I tend to always stay clear of these subjects unless with close relations. People tend to feel most strongly about those subjects and talk can get heated fast. I think that the debate over the presidential election is best contained to the IMO forum. I dont even open the threads that mention anything about them anymore. Dont want to even chance reading something that will make me angry or mad. I suppose that is the theory to keeping the opinions out of the signatures, since it can be seen in any forum. At least the stuff in the IMO forum is contained in that area, and users are warned ahead of time about strong subjects. I think it probably is best to limit the advertisements displayed in the siggies. Despite freedom of speech - sometimes it is best left unsaid
Especially considering political slogans and messages arent appropriate for some members that may only be viewing the "Crossing the Bridge" forum. Or lest we scare away new members posting in the New Members section.
In addition, keeping political messages (inappropriate or not) out of the signatures prevents (or at least reduces) possible flaming either publicly or in private PMs.
And NO, a political statement made in someone's post or signature would NOT influence my decision. It takes a lot more research and manipulation to affect my vote.
A lot of times people have their mind made up way before the election and decide on party denomination alone. I have a feeling this year's race will be based on more than affiliation, and hopefully citizens will look more into the issues than race, sex, eye color or political preference.
Who knows... that's about as far as I'm willing to go on the political front here on TheCatSite.
The definition of the term "political statement" is used to refer to any act or non verbal form of communication that is intended to influence a decision to be made for or by a group. Therefore, yes - statements about declawing are "political statements". However; I understand the TCS staff to refer to that meaning in more of an election-sense.
Tough topic today Lee.... I hope I rambled on enough
Thanks for the points again!!! You rock