It's already happening.
- and it must be stopped.
Every argument isn't the preserve of tables of figures and dry facts, either. Communication as a visual medium isn't just based in text. Banning people from linking images or youtube videos or whatever the fuck they please is ridiculous.
This is the fucking internet, it's a media-rich environment. Deal with it.
Should the media in question remain on-topic? Yes, I agree that it probably should in most cases - but we already have rules about where pony picture do and do not belong and I seem to recall them being enforced fairly robustly.
I don't think we need a whole new sub-forum to keep the ominous hoofed threat out of our "serious business".
Do one or two people (yes, especially one) tend to use an anime picture in virtually every post? Yes, and frankly you should develop the capacity to deal with that, too. My impression is that those pictures help add expression to whatever point is being made. Whether we agree with those points or not, refusing that person - or anyone else like them! - the right to comment alongside everyone else in their own style is plain, fucking, stupid.
... sorry, I was distracted by unintentionally constructing the phrase "flammable abortion" in my head. Moving along,
Those sub-forums are nothing like General Discussion. Splitting off "intelligent discussion" and "serious business" from wider debate isn't the same as differentiating between EVE Online and World of Tanks.
Instead, it's the birth of something nasty, that disenfranchises a few unmentionables so other, allegedly "better" people can feel a sense of "insight" and "contribution" when they post.
If subjects like abortion and gun control are so incendiary then perhaps they do need a closer eye kept on them by Moderators to avoid being locked, but that is the job of Moderators.
It's also the job of the community to behave like adults. Ignore posters or posts you don't like, don't feed trolls.
Don't chuck a shit-fit because there is a screen-capture from Fruits Basket on your monitor.