And, my friend, this is also a community. One of an odd sort, perhaps, but a community nonetheless. (There’s some really great sociological research into this.*)
Most people here also perceive it as a form of community. You, it would seem, do not. You see it as somebody’s else’s living room into which we have been invited to chat based upon firm rules. That’s certainly a possible take.
But you see the potential for conflict.
A community cannot ignore the topic that is on everyone’s mind. For example, let us say that you were raised with the rule to never discuss politics and religion. And then a surprise news story came out that the pope had Canadian citizenship, had joined the NDP, and was running a takedown campaign on Jasmeet Singh so that His Eminence could run for Prime Minister. Might you break your rule on discussing politics and religion with other people?
So it is with a huge event like the Superbowl, or Christmas Day, or a tragedy somewhere. The community wants to consider it - even if briefly - because it is important RIGHT THEN. The finesse comes in knowing when an outside topic is taken too far and needs to be on another board.
At least I am guessing that’s the way the majority of people on these boards might see things.
All the best.