After watching the incendiary situation regarding a certain question (here and here), I was wondering if I could pose a solution. I was thinking that if I or someone else asked the question on the main site using as neutral language as possible, then any parties who do want to cause problems by asking the question in a specific way won't have the opportunity to because if they did post it as a new question it would have to be closed as a duplicate. I understand that, of course, the problem is not specifically about this question, it is about a lot of larger issues with parts of the community. However, I do think that this could be a decent heuristic solution to one of the problems.
That being said, I can see two issues with it and those are why I would like moderator feedback. First, I want to make my intentions clear: trying to pose the question in a neutral way so as to not incite any sort of issues with any of the parties involved with the question. The situation with this question, as well as the larger problems, has spilled out into a lot of different Q&A's and comments as well as chatrooms, so I feel like this is a problem that is having an impact on the community as a whole. I do feel like the problem of making my intentions clear is taken care of by this post, but that leads into the second issue. I can understand completely if a moderator thinks that I would just be adding more issues to the situation as well as getting involved with it when I don't need to be. I stand by my statement that this is me trying to be a positive member of this community and trying to create a civil solution to this problem, but I can understand if moderators don't believe this will help, or that it might create more problems.
I do think that the question is interesting and can solicit interesting answers. It touches on the ideas of agency and evolution. One of the biggest ideas that scientists say is a misconception is the idea that "evolution strives to attain a goal" which ascribes agency to evolution in a way that scientists don't agree with. I think that it's at least worthy of a response because I know that there are active, regular users who care a lot about the philosophy of biology, life, and evolution who would be able to illuminate how this question of genetic agency is handled in philosophy. At the very least, because "evolution strives to attain a goal" is a commonly held belief, it will provide users with a chance to give a go to answer that contains the philosophical and scientific perspectives on the issue.
Of course I'm also open to hearing what other members of the community besides just moderators have to say. As I said, this specific set of issues has spilled over into a lot of other questions and I am sure that many other people would like the situation to be resolved. I just wanted to formulate this as a meta question before attempting to post the question because I don't want to be misconstrued as a adding tension to the issue. All of this being said, I would appreciate if there was some sort of discussion about this, more than just a moderator saying "this wouldn't be a good idea". As I've now stated multiple times, the issues going on around this question have shown up in multiple other places on the site and are no longer concerning only a the few people is started with. The current solution that moderators have been using is applying temporary bans, and I do think that that is a good idea in a lot of circumstances, but with regards to certain people I don't think that solution has worked out perfect and I think its fair for other members of the community to engage the moderators on the issue. Moderating is hard, and volunteer moderators are the backbone of almost all online communities, and I think that members of the community having discussions and dialogues with moderators about issues going on adds to a sense of togetherness.