I have been seeing this much recently, and it is becoming irritating when users in the debate section bring up a controversy that should be discussed, and users intentionally cause havoc in it because they disagree with the OP's viewpoint presented. This leads to the thread being shut down and no one benefits.
I view this as the laziness of the staff, and if the staff is going to hold a debate section they need to adhere to the discussions instead of closing them just so they don't have to bother with dealing with users who intentionally spark flame wars because they want the topic closed just to upset the OP.
For the staff: You became staff. You accepted the responsibility of moderation. You hold the obligation to make the best out of the experience on the forum(at least by Feld0's standards), including sections you decide to host on the site. I keep seeing the excuses of "We already have enough responsibilities as it is." If you can't handle the position, maybe you should reconsider your position and maybe leave. I don't want staff to leave, but if you cannot fulfill your obligations, what is the point of even having you on the staff. We aren't asking you to climb Mount Everest. If a set of users are causing trouble, punish THEM not US.
Now a rant on the users: If you disagree with something, don't be a childish person and cry on the forum because you disagree with a perspective. Instead of spreading blatant flame wars, actually discuss the matter and give rational thought.
Now back to the staff: I contacted moderators on this matter, but it seems to be unresolved. Apparently, it is a rule that users must provide rational and valid posts that give the discussion merit(meaning it actually contributes to the discussion). Then, I see topics where users make a senseless post that is supposedly related to the topic and then everything gets off topic. Again, if you are going to have a Debate section, at least give it a debate environment. Of course, there will be people who say "there is a debate section to keep the controversial posts outside of the regular forum use." If that's the case, my response is get rid of it. Scrap it. Either completely remove it or change its name to "Unwanted Topics."
Also, I see the excuse that "there will always be childish users who bring mayhem to topics." My response? Do your job. Discipline them. Don't just sit by and then close the topic because the topic gets out of hand. Do something about the users who do cause trouble.
Message to all: I mostly go into the Debate section because I am always interested in topics that are controversial. I like to see bronies who like MLP to be interested in the topics of the world. It shows we not only like a show, but also respond to many of the issues that exist. However, when I see the garbage that goes on because users don't agree with a particular person, it upsets me. It leaves me baffled that bronies who preach "love and tolerance" don't carry out this slogan.
Also, if you aren't going to take a topic seriously in the Debate section, don't join it. Just leave it alone and let the users debate. I have encountered this in my own topics, where if someone disagrees then they start nonsense to start havoc.
Now, before I encounter the posts here(if any) that say "You don't know how it is to be a staff member," I may not be a staff member here but I am on other forum site(s). I know how it feels when the staff is overloaded with many requests, reports, and issues that arise. But that is the burden of being a staff member. If you have personal issues to attend to that will divert you from your ability to moderate the site, please take leave and maybe resign temporary, instead of wearing a fake nameplate as moderator. Bearing the nameplate states that you are actively involved.
I have said my piece. I hope to garner response from the users, whether they agree or disagree with me. This is not directed at any one person.
Thanks for reading.