You know, usually I don't mind an occasional OT thread. It keeps things interesting. However, right now, we have 14 threads on this front page right now that are either about politics, some version of [insert name] makes me want to [insert action that is either vomit or sounds like vomit], or something else about being emo/punk.
With the politics, I agree with Motobrokane. NO MORE POLITICS, YOU FUCKS!! I don't think any of us here are going to convince anyone else here to change their vote. We all have our own opinions. Just let it go people, let it go. If you want to debate with someone, send an invitation to all your favorite (or least favorite) MA gen forum posters to join you on some political board of your choosing. Hell, make your own board. I don't care -- just keep the roar to a minimum over here.
As for the "I'm going to make fun of discussion X by making a discussion very similar to discussion X" -- maybe every once in a while this is funny. When we have like, 7 at once, that's just dumb. If you overdo it, it ceases to be funny and begins to be annoying.
I wouldn't want to see the general forum split from off topic crap because I like the mix (and there's some stuff that's kind of in the middle), but if we're going to have this many worthless and/or hotly debated topics floating around like this on a regular basis, then I'd probably change my mind.