a reply to: SteveDriggs
In fairness, I used to wonder the same thing before I joined the staff and found out how decisions are actually made behind the scenes.*
Please do forgive some of the more, um, colorful responses, because this has come up a few times before, though it has been a while since the last
thread on this subject. I do ask my fellow members not to be too rough, honor the terms &
and remember our site motto.
At this point I could talk about how I got started on ATS and my experiences before and after joining the staff, but that appeals to trusting me in
some fashion, and let's face it: on the Internet, you can never really trust anyone.
So I think it's usually better to run with the idea and suggest that you (and anyone who wants to) assume your suspicions are 100% correct.
What should you do?
Through The Looking Glass
If ATS is, in fact, run by the government, the best move (in my opinion) would be to stay as far away as possible and have nothing to do with it or
anyplace else like it. Not that government-run sites are inherently evil, just that if a site is run by the government and falsely claims it isn't,
then they probably are
out to get you.
If ATS isn't run by the government (which, honestly, it isn't), it is still a logical target for government surveillance, though given that the US
government (and many other governments, lest we forget) has already been shown to be monitoring just about everything
, the significance of that
possibility is questionable. Indeed, in light of how heavily monitored everything already is, there's likely nowhere on the Internet where anyone can
discuss anything without somebody listening in.
So if we don't want to be preemptively silenced by the very fact that we are constantly being watched, what can we do?
The Course Of Recourse
I suggest we exercise what freedom we still have, say what we have to say, and assume everything we say is being monitored.
In such a regime, it makes sense to withhold our real identities, avoid self-incrimination and exclude anyone who seeks to harass, threaten, ridicule
or intimidate us.
That's what we do.
Though ATS is far from perfect
and there's always room for improvement, I haven't found a
better alternative yet, and I'm always looking.
Meanwhile, my advice is to trust no one and suspect everyone, including us. If ATS is right for you, then it's great to have you here, and if not, my
respect and best wishes go with you, wherever your path may take you.
* HINT: It's all here. Seriously, that's what we go by.
edit on 10/10/2015 by Majic because: (no reason given)