Where Problems Lie
a reply to: 5thNovember
For whatever it's worth, I largely share your concerns, because respecting the rights of members to make up their own minds on the issues is at the
core of my "ATS creed".
It's not for us or anyone else to decide for you what to believe.
That said, ATS has never been a "free speech zone"
or a free-for-all site where
anything goes. Although the terms & conditions
have been amended several times over
the years, posts that are knowingly false, misleading, or inaccurate, hoaxes, irrelevant content, personal attacks, porn, gore and promotion of
illegal activity have always been subject to removal.
What actually constitutes
inappropriate content has likewise always been subject to debate, and speaking as a member who spent far too much
time hanging out in the BQ&B forum (as BB&Q
was called back in the day), I can attest
that there has always been plenty of disagreement and drama surrounding those questions.
Naturally, when the staff removes expletive-laden posts full of personal attacks
never because of something like that, it's because we're "suppressing the truth".
The challenge I offer to such assumptions, however, is to simply read through the forums and see how often members agree or are "forced" to agree on
any topic. The answer truly speaks for itself.
As for policies regarding specific sites, and blocked sites in particular, there's always a good reason. Some involve established patterns of
deception or hoaxing, such as Sorcha Faal
or racist sites and the like, where we and other members have simply gotten
tired of dealing with the garbage they spew and have decided not to host it here.
Others have involved lawsuits, settlements or other legal matters, and the action we take is pursuant to and required by their outcomes.
Ultimately, I appreciate that these explanations may not seem convincing or satisfying to you, and I'm sorry if that's the case, but I promise I won't
hold it against you or anyone else if it is.
After all, if skepticism, disagreement or disbelief were unwelcome on ATS, we would have a lot to less to talk about around here.
tl;dr: Trust no one, suspect everyone, and question everything.
Edit: Oops! Sorry Semper. Looks like I inadvertently ninja'd you while typing up this absurdly long post.
edit on 6/11/2015 by Majic because: NINJA!