It is not a case of whether the rules are relevant for its time. It is meant to define what can and cannot be discussed consistent with the objective(s) of the forum i.e. military matters. If the aim is to broaden the scope then it is the decision of the forum owner - not the members. Politics have been around since the dawn of time, the instruments might have changed in shape and form but the pathway does not change.I believe that certain rules have become outdated.
The issue is enforcement and moderators do have a life outside of SDF. The active moderators are already stretched and opening up the scope for discussion will only add to their workload. Frankly some members here cannot engage in a political discourse in a mature manner. Political discussions is simply an avenue and opportunity for country bashing. There is no substance to their post and a very twisted opinionated view using words like "rape" and "kidnapping".The world is not what it was five or even ten years ago, and not allowing certain domains of discusison on this forum given its userbase will likely prove more troublesome than otherwise.
Previously simple topics like economy, trade, and technology -- even consumer technology -- is now only one degree of separation away from high level geopolitics.
There is only one type - political. The simplest is entire exclusion.I think the question going forwards will inevitably be what kind of political discussion will be allowed.
The problem is it requires a certain level of maturity and unfortunately it is generally lacking in this forum. There are plenty of evidence found in the locked threads.In some other forums it is normal for the predominant userbase to talk about politics in a pro-"their background" and anti-"opposing nation/adversary" manner, with the result that individuals from the "opposing nation/adversary" background tend to not particularly contribute.
I personally have no issue with the idea of political discussions but I do have pity on the workload of the moderators. You first have to solve the issue of moderation resources.Whether that would be detrimental or beneficial to the majority of SDF users is something worth considering.