The title basically sums it up. I'm tired of seeing threads locked because of the excuse "arguments are starting." Sometimes we have to discuss sensitive topics, such as should suicidal messages, jokes or not, be filtered out of the chat window. But that doesn't mean we should just be forced to stop talking about it because arguments are starting. I think the staff here have an incorrect understanding of the meaning of the word "argument." Merriam-Webster defines it as "a coherent series of reasons, statements, or facts intended to support or establish a point of view." This does not mean, however, that an argument is generally filled with insults, hostility, and negativity. Arguments are necessary for progress to be made. We can't take action if everyone disagrees on what action to take. However, we can come to an agreement if we have an argument about the issue. A pseudo argument occurs when individuals are so loyal to their side that they completely refuse to change their minds or find common ground with the other side, even when the evidence is overwhelming. That's not ideal, but it's not what I've seen going on around here. I've seen a lot of genuine arguments that are being cut off by staff members. I understand the idea behind trying to end a possible heated argument before it escalates, but there are a lot of productive discussions that we miss out on when that happens. I think it makes more sense to wait and deal with rule-breaking if it appears in the thread. To summarize, I'm suggesting that staff stop locking threads just because arguments are starting (and keep in mind, in many of these cases, forum rules aren't being broken) and instead watch for rule-breaking (and act accordingly if this occurs), and if the discussion goes off-topic, staff should redirect the discussion to the original topic of the thread. I'd really appreciate any feedback, and if you're in support of this suggestion, please give it a "should implement" rating so that it's easier for the development team to weigh the community's opinions on this matter.