Into the Forums

Local topics dominated the forum this week — an interesting reversal of a trend that has favored national topics for the last few months. A thread about the suicide of near-legendary moonshiner “Popcorn” Sutton brought out an interesting mix of views among the MX Boarders, with some expressing sadness at his passing while others are outraged at the dying man’s “cowardly” means of avoiding an almost certain death in prison.

Local bloggers were also asked about their daily amount of blogging time, exposing a wide range of online habits. And rumors and theories about the recent blaze at the Richmond Hill Inn also proved popular.

Worthy and active threads in the news section this week include four heated and ongoing discussions in the National subforum: the privacy rights of those with concealed-handgun permits; President Obama and socialism; the return of the Fairness Doctrine; and the brouhaha over the AIG bonus scandal.

Other active general-interest discussions include: the search for a “definitive” Asheville novel; a fun gimmick thread where posters rate each other on an ideological point scale; an inquiring thread asking “What magazines do you subscribe to?”; and many, many more.

Don’t see a discussion about that burning topic you’d like to talk about? Why not start your own? All registered members of have forum accounts, and if you aren’t a member, joining is easy — just click here.

Steve Shanafelt, forums administrator


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9 thoughts on “Into the Forums

  1. Bugg was banned?
    Oh, dear.

    Despite chilling out the vibe & keeping conversations focused – it will make discussion less entertaining…

    I guess free speech in the boards only exists to a point.

  2. Piffy!

    It’s too bad, too, since 90% of his posts were witty and entertaining, and quite needed. Too bad he couldnt muster the maturity to reign in that other 10% of late-night drunkeness/offensiveness.

    I’m sure he expects the Forums to wither and die now, since he thinks he IS the Forums.

  3. Matt Howard

    Seems Bugg has turned up his bridge burning quite a bit as of late.

  4. bobaloo

    I guess free speech in the boards only exists to a point.

    There are rules posted. Follow them or don’t. The government doesn’t enforce free speech on privately owned web sites.
    I don’t mean to be harsh but I despise this argument.

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