Tony is reffering to the non threatening banter that was once a hallmark of a group of freinds here. Comedy and stress relief was the ONLY requirement. It was indeed our escape and spce for decompression. The drivers Lounge was exactly that...nothing more...nothing less.
Hmmm, let's see, escape and space for decompression. Hey! Isn't that why we bought Ferraris? That's what the Ferrari is for. We have people that challenge us on our choice of cars and tell us how their (insert brand here) is way better. We don't get all mad, call them an idiot and engage in a heated round of "Oh yeah!?!" We just say, "Yours is a great car. Glad it makes you happy, this is what makes me happy." so in most of our Ferrari discussions everyone leaves happy. So coming to the website should give the same feeling. Share some knowledge, experience, stories and add to that a little harmless banter intended only to amuse. Great!
I liked it before when this section was almost purely non-automotive related and there were a lot of times I'd visit the site and only look at this section. I like any website that puts a smile on my face and joking around with fellow Ferrari fans kind of gives us a common ground.
I generally don't talk politics here because, unlike our other discussions when you can banter back and forth and everyone is happy, when you get into political discussions not everybody is going to leave happy. I didn't come here to get into an arguement. I've posted in the political section but mostly my posts are informative and not opinionated.
As for the politics section - I don't mind it being there at all. It keeps those posts from being in this section. It keeps all the heated discussions in one place that you can readily ignore. "For Ferrari-related discussion, please press 1. For mindless chatter, please press 2. If you'd like to have an argument, please press 3."
Reminds me when we were setting up my ship. The company only wanted one smoking area on a 560' ship. The bow. I was like, "Well, half the guys work aft. If you don't give them a place to smoke, you don't know where they are going to smoke." Same with the politics section here.