Mark, I take your points about abusive posts and domination of topics (I'm sometimes guilty of the latter myself in dialogue with others, hopefully not often the former).
Limiting daily posts as a means of stopping people dominating topics seems fair - and maybe the purpose of that measure could be publicised more?
What topics you allow is up to you, clearly. FT is primarily a football forum but I do think that your array of General Chat is one of the things that make it so good (certainly the best football forum I've seen).
People use forums in different ways. I only occasionally post in the football threads but find them valuable to passively obtain news, gossip and opinion. I often post in General Chat threads - to have (friendly) arguments about politics and other issues, to exchange banter, to crack silly jokes, whatever. As someone who works from home and has ended up with a fairly isolated life, I find that valuable - so, thanks, and I hope you continue to offer a high-quality forum with a wide array of threads.
You stress your desire to appeal to the majority. But surely you are also seeking to appeal to a number of different minorities? The majority will have some degree of interest in major football threads. Different minorities will be interested in topics like Brexit, Birds you fancy off the telly, Technology & Science or What are you reading. I doubt that I've ever opened the Cars or The Gym thread, but often post in the Starmer and 60s, 70s & 80s Music threads. Some posters will do the exact opposite. Isn't that range of partly overlapping minorities part of what makes your forum so good, as well as catering to the majority (and we're all in the majority for the main LCFC threads)?
Another of the things that makes it such a good forum is good posters - and good posters can sometimes be annoying! At one time or another, I've been irritated by posts by @Toddybad, @Buce & @MattP (I never found @lifted*fox irritating as I always assumed his melodrama was tongue-in-cheek, but can understand why others were irritated). I'm sure others sometimes find my posts irritating. But what those posters had/have in common was that they were all capable of high-quality, thought-provoking and/or entertaining posts. I'm sure that, from your perspective, prolific controversial or irritating posters (me included) can be hard work and might need reining in sometimes. But they are a loss to the forum when they go (and I hope those named will all either reconsider their departures or find a way back!). Hell, even @Thracian is a loss - some highly dodgy views sometimes, but also some stimulating posts, mainly but not entirely on football.
FT would become a very dull forum if it only catered to the majority and alienated anyone who sometimes annoyed people.
On the politics bugbear, I have some sympathy with @Izzy's view that there should be a dedicated politics thread again. Some issues are big enough to justify their own threads (Brexit, Coronavirus). But having a politics thread for the rest will minimise politics spreading into other topics, including generalist threads like Also in the News & Unpopular Opinions. Coronavirus is more difficult as it's inherently partly political and partly non-political. There's been a big furore over Cummings in recent days but before that I didn't think there was a major problem with political and non-political mingling in one thread. Or maybe there could be 2 threads: Coronavirus Events/Science and Coronavirus Policies. While I understand people getting annoyed at party political point-scoring, personally I find it incredible if some want to consider Covid events but not the political measures adopted in response to the biggest crisis of our lives but maybe 2 Covid threads would help?
I also think greater tolerance should be shown to irritating behaviour in politics threads - most people who enter such threads know they'll sometimes get annoyed or get into arguments. Obviously personal abuse, threats, slander or whatever shouldn't be tolerated, but if it's just feelings getting heated, that can be ignored unless it gets out of hand, surely? And you clearly have tools to handle those who push the boundaries: warnings, temporary bans, daily post limits etc.
Enough gas! I hope things settle down, good posters stay, FT remains a top-quality, wide-ranging, valuable forum......and that we get some bastard football back before too long!