@truthtellah: Please don't misconstrue what I am saying. When did I say that people weren't allowed to have fun the way they want to? I'm not on the side of the people you're arguing with in those threads, I'm saying that we don't need to have social-problem discussions dominating our community. That means that both sides would be encouraged to be less loud about everything, it means that you wouldn't have to defend anyone. Yelling at people is an inferior solution to proper moderation, and if those types of aggressive conversations are your idea of fun, then I don't know what to say.
I'm in a lot of discussions around here, and I don't see the scourge you are apparently seeing. What I have seen is many duders expressing an interest in some topics over the last few years and then seeing a subsection of the community mock and derail any chance they have at discussing them. That isn't an issue having to do with any topic; it has to do with people's willingness to accept that others may express their care about some things they don't want them talking about. Talking about these topics helps make things more fun for the wide variety of folks who enjoy video games. So, if you or someone else says they should keep it down, that puts you squarely against people trying to help make Giant Bomb and gaming at large more fun for them and others.
I think gamers around here should be able to talk about what they want to talk about. If you agree, then that's great, but I can assure you people won't be quiet simply because someone suggests it might make things more comfortable for them. People deserve to speak about things that matter to them and help make this an even better place for a wide variety of gamers. We have a chance at greater enjoyment through considering challenges to that enjoyment. The answer isn't in discouraging discussion of topics you find difficult; it's in working on improving how we can have such discussions. We have already been moving in that direction for years now, and that isn't going to stop any time soon.
The biggest obstacle at the moment is some rather vocal people seemingly focused on the past, insisting on resisting any mention of topics they don't want to talk about. They just want to have their "fun" and nothing else. The status quo is apparently more comfortable for them. If you're not with them in wanting to end discussion, then help us continue to work on how we can better have such discussions. I've been disagreeing rather strongly with you here, but I'm not shouting or being a jerk. I'm in many of these threads, and the most prevalent shouting is from people against discussing topics and intent on derailing them, not representing a real substantive opinion on topics.
We need more open discussion amongst members, and that means fostering a local culture that supports it. I feel efforts are continuing to be made by staff and members alike, and while it's not exactly the easiest or smoothest course, it is absolutely the course most towards more people having fun on Giant Bomb now and in the future. We must address problems and discuss things to help find ways for this site and gaming at large to be even better, and if you want that too, I hope you will join others in trying to improve all kinds of discussion, not discourage it. :)