Everyone, We, the Mythic Scribes community, are taking a permanent hiatus from all political discussions. Over the past 48 hours there have been serious blow-ups over this topic, and frankly, it's just not worth the heartache. We are all brought together by a common interest in fantasy writing. We help one another out, and challenge each other to improve as authors. Political discussions, and the divisions that they bring, threaten to weaken the mutual trust that our community is built upon. Here in the United States we are in the midst of an ugly presidential election. Presidential election years give rise to a mass insanity that sweeps across the nation, making otherwise rational people act in illogical, fanatical ways. We've seen some of that here. We can't allow this craziness to poison our writing community. Political discussions inevitably result in anger, mistrust and hurt feelings. These are counterproductive to what we are trying to accomplish at Mythic Scribes. I log in here every day, as do most of you, to escape the distractions of life and to improve myself as a writer. I don't want the political nastiness that is sweeping the world to be here waiting for me. Hence, from this day forth, all contemporary political discussion is no longer welcome at Mythic Scribes. There are many other places to discuss these topics on the internet. What we need to do here is focus on the art of writing, and remove all potentially destructive distractions. Asking questions about politics as it relates directly to writing is fine. Talking about historical political systems and developments, in the context of research, is also acceptable. But for the well-being of our community, please avoid contemporary politics and all related hot-button issues. Thank you for cooperating.