Our team set a special meeting for developers during work time to discuss less work-related things and keep the conversations not that formal. The idea is to keep all other meetings(we have like 3 a day) clean and more focus.
The issue is that this freer meeting is turning into soap opera. Especially with some of our new team members things are getting out of hand. Some topics that are discussed include:
- conspiracy theories
- promotion of pseudoscience
- people sharing way too much about personal problems and asking for empathy
So far I'm ignoring it but it seems some my colleagues started ignoring me as well. So far it's not a big issue and our manager is not involved.
The question is how do you keep the conversations with your colleagues clean without getting into controversial topics? What is your experience, where do you draw the line?