guys, I haven't been in the office for a few days, bad fever ... but should you (as active members) +1 this post I will call the team tomorrow morning and we'll talk about all this
thanks - sorry I can't read the whole thread at present time and make a decision
In general, I have to agree with the forum's position regarding political topics, but there must be exceptions.
When a non argument causing thread is there for the greater good of expats (and locals), I believe it should be allowed to remain in place.
Perhaps you would consider the following suggestion.
In a case such as this, where the political landscape of a country may lead to a dangerous situation for forum members:
One topic on the subject be allowed.
The thread must clean, free of insults/arguments aimed at or between forum members.
No political statements/affiliations be allowed in avatars/other means that show in every post.
Unlike other Indonesian elections, this one is a make or break for the old guard in Indonesia, and some are willing to fight to return the old dictatorships.
That's directly dangerous for us, more so in this case where there are noted slurs against "foreigners and communists".
As with all dictatorships/extremists, these guys are setting up an "enemy", and we're it.
Hopefully, it will all blow ever, the political extremists loosing their position, and stability remaining with us - but it could still go the other way after the holiday.
As an example; Jakarta is demolishing a bunch of illegal housing and shops over the holidays while the people are away. They're doing this to avoid the trouble they know will happen if the people were around.
However, on returning and finding their house and possessions gone, there will be a lot of angry, anti establishment people, looking for someone to help them.
A small spark can cause a forest fire, especially if someone promises them the world to fan the flames.
We need to know what's going on, and a thread like this helps.