Period was thankfully banned after his last psychotic trolling rant, but optional has also been absent. We still hear from a wide variety of the politcal spectrum, and maybe things get a bit rough from time to time, but at least issues can now be discussed and thoughtful discourse can ensue, even if everyone doesn't agree... Before, when Optional and period were around they'd do their dardest to sidetrack any productive discussion and replace it with either flamewars or wingnut stupidity. We still have gabby, who tries, but is ultimately too old and senile to be a very effective troll. I may think some of the other extremists are f-ing absurd, but at least most of them are actually willilng to discuss issues. THAT makes a good debate forum. Yesterdays banning was a great first step in the right direction.