Your first three options aren't mutually exclusive, and they point to a number of different things that could be removed, political mudslinging being
just one of them.
I'm happy for the owners of the board to determine and express policy. At the moment it isn't clearly expressed, except by sweeping statements like
At the top right hand corner of your screen you will see a statement describing ATS as an alternative discussion forum. In fact, 'the internet's
premier' one. This is not the same as some people see it, nor as it is sometimes described by the owners, a 'conspiracy' board.
The many types of posts in Chit Chat, Entertainment and Spirituality are not conspiracy-related, but they don't seem to cause problems except in the
hands of a few.
Division of the US along political lines is reflected here as it is increasingly so in the streets, and all the immature mudslinging and labelling of
the obvious current problem as a party political thing, reflects the different levels of maturity and understanding of ATS members.
Some of my posts about the corruption in and the conspiratorial processes of the Bush administration, which are affecting the whole world in a very
negative way, are met with 'all presidents do that' and 'Clinton did that' and 'look in your own back yard'. They are not mature responses. I
don't expect to see those people develop their understanding any more without effort, reading and understanding, and if I don't like what they say,
I can easily ignore them.
But the issue of thoughts and non-thoughts being posted is broader than a political one. More power to people that stick to topics they enjoy
discussing and leave things they don't enjoy, alone.
* As a point of clarification, I mean the actions of the Bush administration are affecting the world in a very negative way, not my posts. But if
anyone in the world thinks posts at ATS have the power to affect the world in a very positive or very negative way, you are on track! *
* And to be absolutely lucent/pedantic about the further ambiguity I just introduced, I mean that the actions of the Bush administration are affecting
the world in a very negative way, not affecting my posts in a very negative way *
[Edited on 18-7-2003 by MaskedAvatar]