utabintarbo wrote: You have missed the point.
What is the point, exactly?
I get your subtle implication that the mods and admins are somehow abusing their power. Your cutsie use of quotation marks around terms like leaders and management have not gone unnoticed. But here's the thing - the abuse is not one of power, but one of freedom. We have always taken the high road and let the politics section go un-moderated and that freedom has been abused to the point of no return.
It is my observation that you (and others) have turned the political section into a drug that you must hit regularly. I bet your heart pumps a little faster and your adrenaline rushes just a bit when you hit submit on a political section post. I bet your adrenaline rushes just a bit more when your post includes a subtle insult (because, you prefer the passive-agressive road, it seems). The conversations are no longer about politics and no longer just debates. They all turn into a contest of who can make who look like less of a person.
Don't you have anything better to do with your time? Really? Is your life really this empty that you can't go without bashing your friends on an internet forum? You KNOW you're not going to change anyone's mind who's engaging in these "debates", but you just keep trying. Do you know that the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, expecting a different result?
No polls/votes/discussion were held with the general forum public when any of the existing forums were added, and therefore, no conversation really needs to be had to remove any forums. The community does not clean the house, so the community does not choose what furniture is in the house. Whether we had made up our minds to remove the forum before the poll or not really has nothing to do with anything because it really does not matter. We could have done this without the poll, but decided to see how the majority felt. It was not a ploy to cover our collective asses, as you have suggested, because we have nothing to cover for. It was a gut-check to make sure we weren't just acting on emotions, but that others agreed with what we already thought.
The decision was made, by the people who have to maintain this crap, and the work was done.
There is no reason for any justification beyond that. You choose to be here. If you don't like the (very very limited) rules, then go someplace else. Plain and simple.