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foxbat writes:

I don't think that would work, as arguments would not eventually fail to spill over other boards. There's no alternative than abinding to the rules and avoiding being rude to people of different opinions. That's at any rate what I'm enforcing on boards I moderate.

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Old Bear writes...

Yes, before we go on, I am obviously part of the problem rather than the solution, but it's getting so bad now that people are getting put off asking questions because their threads get hijacked, in one very recent case inside a few posts.

Other wargamers often ask what it is about Napoleonics that makes it so much sparkier than everywhere else. In my estimation the problem is twofold, and cannot possibly go away.
  1. Firstly, the central character is a rarity a hate figure who can also be openly admired without identifying you as some kind of sick and twisted monstrosity. Let's face it, nobody in their right mind is going to stand up and support Hitler on the WWII boards, are they? However, nobody else other than Cromwell comes close to causing instant issues. It seems you either love Napoleon, hate Napoleon, or don't do the period.
  2. The second part of the problem is that the loser actually wrote quite a lot of the history, which is a rarity in warfare and, I think, causes much ire to some. As such those who think of Napoleon as a monster appear to instinctively assume that Napoleon's PR machine was infinitely worse than everybody else's. This, of course, is the downside of ending up the loser.
Anyway, my suggestion is that to replace the de facto Napoleonic Internecine Warfare board that was the old History board, TMP sets up a specific board which all and sundry understand will be inhabited by the rival sides and where they can batter each other without ruining the rest of the place. I would even suggest it to be an instant DH offense to take the fight outside said board, which might help sanitize the rest.

I rest my case.