a reply to: Flyingclaydisk
This whole 9/11 forum mess has got me thinking. I was going to make some suggestions in the ongoing threads, but they are disabled from comments. If I
am violating some restrictions by posting this here, my apologies and I am sure the requisite action will take place.
Just a few things occurred to me that I wanted to share about this situation.
ATS makes it very easy to be a member, I was surprised by the simpleness involved, just provide an e-mail and choose a screen name, get a password and
you are in. I am thankful, but maybe it is time to be a little more discreet or require a few more hoops to jump through. I am mindful that this is an
ad based driven site that depends on revenue, so I am sure the goal is not to prevent people from joining.
I think there is a rush to judgment when a 9/11 thread pops up and it sends alerts to members who have an agenda to push. I am American. I watched
that day unfold like many of you. I was going to write my own opinion piece about the events that happened that day. After seeing the way many people
attack the messengers, I thought better of it.
Maybe instead of closing trolled threads though there could be some restrictions placed on the forum itself and if there are specific members that
abuse the privilege of responding they could get banned from the forum not the site.
I know the subject is extremely volatile and many get worked into a frenzy, but what makes me disappointed the most is the fact that a few rotten
apples have spoiled the whole bunch. It is like punishing the entire class for the idiocy of a few and that is not fair in my humble opinion.
This is a private site on a public domain and many people gravitate here because of the content, 9/11 included, I just think the members that are here
have a responsibility to uphold standards without being hand held every step of the way. The "T&C" that is so readily thrown into the mix are just
guidelines, but do you really need mommy and daddy to tell you what is right or wrong behavior? I think the majority here are highly intelligent well
spoken and mature individuals and are quite capable of policing themselves and other members behavior without the baby sitters having to do all the
The answer is not more moderators, the answer is accountability to each other and self control. I did not know about many of the options available
until I decided to actually sign up, but it is obvious to me in my very short time here that there are many safeguards in place to deal with unruly
and immature behavior. There is the alert button. There is the U2U message system. There is the complaint option. There are email links provided
directly to Above Top Secret in the contact area.
I have been a member of many forums over the years and I can say without a doubt this site is the very best one and I for one do not want it to be
sullied by the actions of a few. Neither do the bosses here or the moderators, but they are not in the business of trying to shut people down. They
have just basically thrown their hands up in the air in disgust much like parents do when their children continue the same infantile behavior that
they refuse to change.
I will probably regret this because it will most likely affect me, but in the interest of seeing something change, just restrict the 9/11 forum to
members that have established themselves here for a period of time. Do not even let us newbies in until we can demonstrate that we have the capability
to participate in a non-combative manner. This way, if someone does get drop kicked off the site they can't just keep coming back to that forum at
least and stir up trouble over and over, like I suspect has happened already many times.
I just think it is an absolute shame that something as important to the history of our country and that has impacted so many things we deal with daily
has to be put aside because of the actions of a few. I think they are accomplishing what they want to, much the same way terrorists have impacted us.
I implore the powers that be on this great site to not cave in to their actions, but to make some overt changes to prevent it from happening, aside
from the obvious one that was made recently.