Jack...what you are getting is a glimpse in fast forward of how media controls speech and ideas. Shift certain speech to Politics section .so, how did this work? you started an off topic in the general discussion section.
your off topic was 'where is the off topic section'.
where's the problem?
When politics were discussed in the Off Topics section, they were either deleted or swapped into the Politics section.
Then, common words were banned from use. You can say cuss words, but descriptive words...like red-neck...were banned for not being politically correct.
People started posting more items in Off Topic that our northern ( liberal) Canadian brethren didn't like. Off Topic was shifted to a pay section. The forum rules say general is for fishing only...so now anything the Canucks don't like can just be deleted on the grounds it wasn't about fishing.
For now, only paying members can start a discussion in Religion, Off Topic and Politics, but we can still comment. Don't look for that to last long.
Meanwhile, the Canucks are too busy trying to control what we say to pay attention to the scammers, bots and phishers that keep invading the forum now.