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Can we have Political discussion forums moved to Off-Topic please?

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posted on Sep, 21 2017 @ 08:17 AM
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originally posted by: auroraaus
a reply to: Painterz

You there!

that is a capital idea!

If I had stars to give, I'd give them to you but you will have to make do with my leftover tattie scones



Ahh, tattie scones. I suspect there might be another Scot in the thread.




posted on Sep, 21 2017 @ 08:18 AM
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a reply to: Boadicea

Political conspiracies yes, agree.
Political rubbish like some monument got vandalised or someone got attacked for being a person - without mounting evidence to prove a conspiracy - not a conspiracy. Hillary said this - Trump did that - Not a conspiracy.

In your opinion was ATS back in 2008 this divisive?



posted on Sep, 21 2017 @ 08:23 AM
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a reply to: auroraaus


...most of those topics are by repeat users who feel the need to start a thread over every single happening in the political field.

I agree with that. Like a factory assembly line. (GIGO) stands for garbage in, garbage out. You couldn't convince me the 'real' reason certain members do this all the time is because they are doing it for a living, or from an agenda, or because they are minions. After all they have lives too, right? The rewards here for clogging the boards wth 'every single political event' aren't evident, this isn't bitcoin mining.

Maybe a limit on the number of threads certain individuals can start in a given time frame?



posted on Sep, 21 2017 @ 08:25 AM
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originally posted by: Timely
a reply to: nonspecific

MY ATS ... gets you where you wanna check first.

Scroll down to see any new posts on threads you are involved with.

Finished with all that ?

Click on NEW ...


I find it easy enough to ignore anything that has Trump, Hiliary, leftist alt this or that ect.

I just wondered if the site had grown to the point where it could split into smaller sections and the respective groupings could survive in their own rights.

Politics has always been a big part of conspiracy discussion but it just seems to be a hell of a lot of bog standard left right bickering and name calling and I am fine if that is what the majority wants ATS to be and I am sure it pays enough bills to keep it going.



posted on Sep, 21 2017 @ 08:27 AM
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originally posted by: Painterz

Well actually the road doesn't go both ways there. OP made the point politely and respectfully, and your response is insulting and childish. Calling people 'whimpering crybabies' and 'snivelling' for having a different opinion to you.

So no, your positions are not the same.


Wrong. The what is the same... the end result is the same... just the how is different. I chose not to use weasel words. Like "clogging up." Because somehow these political threads stop the posting or reading of all other threads??? Nope.

The OP is not respectful. I don't care if someone has a smile on their face when they stab me in the back.



posted on Sep, 21 2017 @ 08:31 AM
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did somebody say tattie scones ??
I will bring the brown sauce



posted on Sep, 21 2017 @ 08:32 AM
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a reply to: Boadicea

It's more of a question of accessibility in an age with differing devices and applications - not as you say stabbing people in the back (now that's a slippery slope!)



posted on Sep, 21 2017 @ 08:32 AM
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a reply to: cosmickat

HP or go hame!



posted on Sep, 21 2017 @ 08:34 AM
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a reply to: auroraaus

oh definitely...canna be doing with that rubbish daddy's stuff you get from the chippie.
HP all the way !



posted on Sep, 21 2017 @ 08:36 AM
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originally posted by: cosmickat
a reply to: auroraaus

oh definitely...canna be doing with that rubbish daddy's stuff you get from the chippie.
HP all the way !


I would have thought you Scots would be formally against the ol' Houses of Parliment appoved version of the only sauce that should go near a fry up?



posted on Sep, 21 2017 @ 08:39 AM
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a reply to: nonspecific

haha you would think so eh ?
certain concessions need to be made though....in spite of political differences



posted on Sep, 21 2017 @ 08:40 AM
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a reply to: auroraaus


In your opinion was ATS back in 2008 this divisive?


Actually, it was in 2008 that ATS became this divisive. Prior to that, most folks were not stuck in the left-right paradigm and were discussing issues from outside that box. It was in the run up to the 2008 election that we were flooded with the partisan posters... one side calling anyone and everyone who dared speak against Obama in any way, shape or form as racist and haters and other leftwing dog whistles. And of course the other side screaming about socialism and communism and all the other right-wing dog whistles.

In the intervening years, we have lost many MANY awesome posters. So awesome that at the time I seldom posted because there was little (if anything) of value that I could add to the conversation. And they were run off by the rude, nasty and often vile comments made by others that makes reasonable and rational discussion impossible. Coincidence? Or as planned and executed?

So here's another conspiracy to ponder: Are posts like yours sincere? Or just one more effort to shut down the national debate and discussion??? In either event, the end result is the same.



posted on Sep, 21 2017 @ 08:40 AM
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a reply to: nonspecific

You lost me at Houses of Parliament and Fry Up.

Remember Remember



posted on Sep, 21 2017 @ 08:44 AM
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originally posted by: Boadicea
a reply to: auroraaus


In your opinion was ATS back in 2008 this divisive?


Actually, it was in 2008 that ATS became this divisive. Prior to that, most folks were not stuck in the left-right paradigm and were discussing issues from outside that box. It was in the run up to the 2008 election that we were flooded with the partisan posters... one side calling anyone and everyone who dared speak against Obama in any way, shape or form as racist and haters and other leftwing dog whistles. And of course the other side screaming about socialism and communism and all the other right-wing dog whistles.

In the intervening years, we have lost many MANY awesome posters. So awesome that at the time I seldom posted because there was little (if anything) of value that I could add to the conversation. And they were run off by the rude, nasty and often vile comments made by others that makes reasonable and rational discussion impossible. Coincidence? Or as planned and executed?

So here's another conspiracy to ponder: Are posts like yours sincere? Or just one more effort to shut down the national debate and discussion??? In either event, the end result is the same.


I honestly cannot see why you are so hostile and suspicious towards me where I merely asked a question.

It's no wonder "awesome" posters are run off as you say by rude, nasty and vile commenters that make reasonable and rational discussion impossible. Look at your posts in this thread.

And yes I am sincere, thank you for asking.



posted on Sep, 21 2017 @ 08:48 AM
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a reply to: auroraaus

Depends what you consider the main page... There really isn't one... It's a personal choice where you bookmark us to click open... It can open anywhere 1St.

Try NEW, RECENT etc... and there are UFO's to RELIGION to POLITICS to WEAPONRY.. to RANTS. etc, etc, etc.

POLITICS is a subjects itself and not off-topic at all.

Best



posted on Sep, 21 2017 @ 08:50 AM
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Ever since I joined ATS,and before,it was your choice to click on a topic,why does the website need to conform to your needs?be an adult and choose using your own free will,there is a lot of things I don't like,but I keep them to myself,I came them opinions



posted on Sep, 21 2017 @ 08:52 AM
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a reply to: auroraaus

Yes... In 2007 it was as it is in general..but has gotten way better. As I said here previously.. It appears you just open up in a different forum or category.

Problem solved.
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*PS use Desktop version too on mobile
edit on 21-9-2017 by mysterioustranger because: (no reason given)



posted on Sep, 21 2017 @ 08:53 AM
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originally posted by: auroraaus
a reply to: Boadicea

It's more of a question of accessibility in an age with differing devices and applications - not as you say stabbing people in the back (now that's a slippery slope!)


I don't see any accessibility problem here. You can access other forums quite easily. Hence my objection to you using the phrase "clogging up." Nothing is clogged up.

As for the slippery slope... Knowledge is power. Discussion and debate and dialogue is the means of disseminating knowledge. Deny that discussion and debate and dialogue and one denies knowledge... and power.



posted on Sep, 21 2017 @ 09:01 AM
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a reply to: auroraaus

You can tailor make ATS to suit your needs using the myATS feature.

It allows you to make it where you only see the forums you are interested in. Does it affect the Firehose (recent) threads list? No.

However, if you look, you'll see a button for "New" in this area....and it will only display new threads in the forums you have picked.

Here is a post showing how to do all this, with pictures:

www.abovetopsecret.com...



Here's a picture way of showing what we are talking about.

If you go to your "myATS", it will show what your favorite forums are, and list threads you may have posted (subscribed in):



Hmmm...not much there, so I'll add some favorite forums. First go to the forum's list and find the forums that you like:



Think I'll add the "2012" forum. Click on it and go into it.

If you look at the top of the forum list, you'll see a heart, click on it to make that forum one of your favorites:



If you go back and look at your "myATS" that forum will be listed now, along with the top fine recent postings in it:



Also: if you change your mind, or decide you don't want that forum, you can click on the "X" that I'm pointing at in the above image, and it will remove it.

You can add many forums to your "myATS" and build what ATS you want to see:



Not that hard, pretty easy to do, and allows you to tailor what forums you want to see. And which forums you don't want to see.

It's that simple.



posted on Sep, 21 2017 @ 09:05 AM
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a reply to: auroraaus


I honestly cannot see why you are so hostile and suspicious towards me where I merely asked a question.


Really? You are trying to shut down important political discussion that affects each and every one of us in vital ways, but you don't see a problem? You are trying to put your interests before others', but you don't see a problem? You didn't merely ask a question... you made a suggestion/request that directly impacts others... but you don't see a problem?


It's no wonder "awesome" posters are run off as you say by rude, nasty and vile commenters that make reasonable and rational discussion impossible. Look at your posts in this thread.


If you think this is bad, you ain't seen nothing!!! Rude? Maybe. Snarky? Definitely. Nasty and vile? Nope. Not even close.

However, I give you kudos for actually addressing and discussing my reply -- more than anyone else with such complaints have done. And you will note that beyond my initial response to your desire to shut me down, I have been quite reasonable and forthcoming. I am quite happy to discuss the issue... I just have a huge problem with those who wish to shut down the discussion.

Can you not understand that?


And yes I am sincere, thank you for asking.


I believe you because you are willing to discuss it. And I appreciate that. But I do not and will not appreciate efforts to shut up or hide or otherwise marginalize discussion -- of ANY topic.




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