posted on May, 10 2005 @ 06:59 AM
In the mysterious cycle that seems to drive events and membership on ATS, a recent theme has begun repeating once again, that of "freedom of
We've had a few ugly incidents of new members using their "right to freedom of speech" to create posts containing idiotic slander, name calling,
and vulgarity (and then legal threats for taking action against one such member). So we thought it was time to remind everyone what's really going on
This is a privately owned and managed website.
We are within our rights
to establish standards
by which we expect members
to behave. These standards are clearly expressed in the Terms & Conditions
have indicated they agree upon registration.
Freedom of Expression
and the Free Exchange of Ideas
are very important to us, and supported at all times. No topic is discouraged from
discussion other than those that clearly conflict with our T&C
, or that have an intent
to cause conflict (such as posts containing racial hate messages) with our T&C
Here, your "freedom of speech" is a privilege
granted by the owner of this website. Any topic whatsoever can easily be discussed
without insults, vulgarities, and taunting language. Our management style, organized structure, and efficient services are designed to created an
environment in which members aspire to our higher standards, not scoff at them.
Now that this is clearly expressed, this thread will be included in the new member application message sent to registrants, and included in the U2U
welcome message (each contains several important links to board features and guidelines). If you decide to test the limits of our
in this regard, you'll find our patience wearing thin.
Thanks for your time.