I think sometimes the mods have given into bad motives.
For example, long ago a few assholes decided they wanted to end all political conversation on HR and in the Cave. I can name names if you like but those people were eventually banned anyway. Nevermind that they could have simply stopped clicking on those threads or avoided those subforums. They wanted control. So they deliberately behaved poorly in political threads, and as a direct result the mods gave them everything they wanted and shut down all political conversation.
More recently, if you post a Republican thread it is left alone, even if you are spreading dangerous lies about COVID that are getting people killed. But if you post an anti-Trump thread, the conservatives get butthurt and act uncivil, and so the thread they hate gets shut down.
So again, the people exhibiting poor behavior get precisely what they want.
Of course IBB you have never ever stretched the truth at anytime about anything have you?
Why not ban Politics full stop? It's always American and not applicable to others. Besides it annoys 50% of the people, a great way to lose friends and gain enemies or at the very least clear a pub.
I thought musicians only talked about sex drugs and rock n roll anyway?