posted on Mar, 21 2005 @ 03:22 PM
Wow. With this policy, we could effectively get rid of everyone looking to ask questions and learn more, and just have the people who don't have an
opinion to share but rather, in their minds, a fact to share.
Part of the charm of this website is the ignorant masses coming on here and stating the most bizarre, unresearched, ridiculous ideas ever to grace a
computer since their conception. Why? Talk to any martial arts instructor. The most dangerous students they teach, where you're pretty much assured
of being accidentally struck, is when sparing with people for the first time. Why, you wonder, would the least talented cause so much trouble? Because
they haven't gotten into the box mindset yet. When you're new to something, you don't think like the masses who are part of that community. When I
first came here, I thought very differently than I do now, as I'm sure all you regulars did. Today we are now ATSers. We fit in the community.
It's only when someone from outside the community comes along and shakes things up that we all get disoriented, and have to rethink where we're
coming from. For example, none of us "ATSers" would see a thread called, "Reptoids stole my cat and stuck an implant in its ..." and be
surprised. We're either going to ignore it, call the person who wrote it ignorant, or agree and contribute to the conversation. ATSers won't ask
what the hell a reptoid is, why on earth it would care about your cat, and why they decided to stick the implant in your cat's ... .
The goal of Above Top Secret is to deny ignorance. To deny ignorance, we must ask questions. If we limit membership to those whose writing style is
"acceptable" to the upper tier or ATS mods, Joe Blow wouldn't bother joining this site, they'd find another one to join. Then, the questions will
dry up and we'll turn into another Democratic Underground: we all get together, agree with each other, and bitch about all those other people who no
longer have a say on our website about their idiotic opinion.
I know I wouldn't be here at ATS if I had to submit an application. Think back, all of you long standing members, and reflect on where you were
mentally when you came to AboveTopSecret.com. Were you thinking you'd really like to submit your opinion on a conspiracy, but only if the board
deemed you worthy of an opinion? Y'all thought people ranted about censorship on ATS before now...