I feel kind of hypocritical here, as I ended up commenting on a bunch of the posts related to the drama of the day, but here goes anyway...
I think it's important for people to be able to criticize Effective Altruism. One of the things I love about this community is its openness to criticism.
At the same time, I'm starting to worry that constantly having all this drama play out on the front page of the forum is very distracting. But what would be even more worrying is if we've now reached a certain size/level of attention where this is the new normal going forward.
So I guess I feel it's gotten to the point where I feel that we have to discuss how to balance these twin interests. I think this is incredibly challenging. If we change how this site works to address this issue, I want to these policies be fair to people holding different viewpoints and on different sides of these issues. And this is tricky, if we decided "let's move drama of the day discussion to a separate section of the site", well then maybe that just leads to a lot of arguments about what counts as drama and people feeling their issues aren't being heard or that they're being treated unfairly.
I don't actually know if there's any policy or site mechanics shift I would reflectively endorse after thinking through the consequences. But maybe someone thinks that they have a solution to this?