SuperTopo is not a Place for Political Discussions


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Chris McNamara

SuperTopo staff member
Topic Author's Original Post - Apr 15, 2019 - 11:02am PT
As many of you have noticed, we have been increasingly locking or deleting threads that engage in topics of a political nature.

This may be confusing to some of you, as I know that many people on SuperTopo find these discussions on political topics to be interesting and engaging. But, we do not want to host political threads here.

Our mission for the SuperTopo Forum has never included hosting political discussion or debates. And, these political discussions often get heated and tend to bring out the worst behavior on the Forum.

As we state on the sidebar every time you post, "Our goal with the climbing forum is to provide a resource for climbers of all skill levels and experience to get information about climbing and climbing destinations."

Allow me to state this as clearly as possible:
 Discussions about politics, despite their popularity, are not desired on SuperTopo, and never have been.

So, I'd like to ask for your help.

Please do not start threads on political topics.

Please do not post on political topics here.

Please use our feedback form to let us know of any threads on political topics so we can delete or lock them.

We kindly ask you to take your interest in political discussions elsewhere.

Those who do start threads on political topics from this day forward may have their account de-activated.

There are so many places on the internet that would love to host passionate discussions on political topics. Please understand and respect that SuperTopo is not one of them.

Help us keep the SuperTopo Forum focused on its intended purpose, to be a resource for climbers of all skill levels and experience to get information about climbing and climbing destinations.


Chris McNamara
ron gomez

Trad climber
Apr 15, 2019 - 11:05am PT
I for one won’t miss that aspect of ST.

Apr 15, 2019 - 11:08am PT
This would be much appreciated.

I don't give ST very much attention since the signal to noise ratio is low. Would love to see it stay on topic.


Apr 15, 2019 - 11:16am PT
Hmm. The What is Mind thread is not climbing oriented. Nor is the Climate thread. Will they be locked or deleted?
A Essex

Apr 15, 2019 - 11:37am PT
Is 'Authoritarian' a political word?!

Apr 15, 2019 - 11:39am PT

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Apr 15, 2019 - 11:39am PT
“All politics is local” - Tip O’Neill

Social climber
Los Angeles
Apr 15, 2019 - 12:29pm PT
Right now SuperTopo is deleting many trip reports, thousands of photos with climbing content, and deactivating accounts due to an interpretation of copyright law that does not even take the Fair Use Doctrine into account.

Is this a good time to also discourage political threads? What will be left???

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Apr 15, 2019 - 12:31pm PT
What is the sound of one hand clapping?
norm larson

wilson, wyoming
Apr 15, 2019 - 12:32pm PT
I certainly won’t miss them. Make SuperTopo great again!

Social climber
Apr 15, 2019 - 12:40pm PT
This thread is 10 years too late at least.

no chite.

chris, how about taking the time to interact with us like more than disposable employees? perhaps explain the benefit of deleting original and amazing climbing content over the years? seemingly without any care at all...

Trad climber
Apr 15, 2019 - 12:50pm PT
Hey Reilly -

Tried to contact you through ST, but I don't think the Taco messaging system works. Always thought your take on the stock market was a cut above. I've like to discuss a few things with you. If interested, you can reach me at



Trad climber
Apr 15, 2019 - 02:16pm PT
Its about time, good riddance.

Apr 15, 2019 - 02:18pm PT
What the hell is going on around here????

Mountain climber
Draperderr, by Bangerter, Utah
Apr 15, 2019 - 02:31pm PT
Great! I might actually bother looking at the forums more...

Social climber
Desolation Basin, Calif.
Apr 15, 2019 - 02:49pm PT
Politics is detrimental but BULGEMELON is OK?
'Pass the Pitons' Pete

Big Wall climber
like Ontario, Canada, eh?
Apr 15, 2019 - 02:54pm PT
Thanks, Chris.

About bloody time. Maybe I will start posting here again? You know, share some knowledge about big wall climbing, in case anyone actually cares about learning stuff.

Boulder climber
Apr 15, 2019 - 03:40pm PT
^^^^ No thanks. Maybe just post a trip report or something that doesn’t suck?
Lynne Leichtfuss

Sport climber
moving thru
Apr 15, 2019 - 03:56pm PT
The Campfire, The Taco, ST....has been an amazing ride for me since I was introduced 11 years ago. Like everything in life it has evolved, transformed and is and will be what Chris is asking for in the last few days.

Super Topo has been life lessons, an introduction to a new family, and an entire new language for me. I will flow with the changes, but I hope to never leave. Change is just that, and but another opportunity for life.

Cheers with love, lynnie, and thanks for the years here.

Apr 15, 2019 - 04:20pm PT

Prepping for the sale to bigger site of course!
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