Last week, we made a new chat room (This Is Fine) to house political and news discussion, and encouraged all such discussion to take place there rather than in our regularly scheduled chat room (The Bridge).
So far, this has been a success! We're going to keep This Is Fine in place for now.
But we still want your feedback! Please leave any suggestions for how we might improve the chat room, or any well-constructed arguments telling us that we're idiots and we should never have done this, as answers below. We are open to modifying the policies currently in place if it leads to a better chat experience.
For example, should we keep this room as a "news" discussion room, or should we narrow its scope to "politics" or some other description? How exactly do we determine what conversations must take place in This Is Fine vs. The Bridge, as there were a few gray-area decisions to be made even in the trial week.