posted on Aug, 19 2005 @ 11:45 AM
The War on Ignorance has many fronts, conspiratorial and otherwise. ONE of the fronts is politics and the people we elect to office. This is
exemplified by the single "political conspiracies" forum on our site.
Over the past several weeks a disturbing, thoroughly UNenjoyable trend has emerged that ENDS NOW.
This trend is the unmitigated and obnoxiously repetitive insertion of "the Neo-Cons are all crooks/murderers" and "the bleeding heart Liberals are
all traitors" and many variations thereof in threads that have NOTHING to do with either of those comments.
This is a "slick" way to hi-jack a thread and turn a good conversation into yet another tiresome political bickering match. I say "slick" because
it doesn't violate the TAC directly.
Additionally, the never ending debate/sniping between the Liberals and Conservatives is NOT ATS subject matter PERIOD. The Administrators and
owners of this site have bent over backwards to give the membership a place to have those arguments, P@ATS, a unique and COMPLETE message board with
all the bells and whistles.
I know a certain amount of political infusion is unavoidable in many conversations, that's fine. The rational input of a political perspective or
ideal is a normal course of discussion. The insertion of anti-liberal/conservative diatribe in a discussion about another subject is NOT fine. The
insertion of pro-liberal/conservative diatribe in a discussion about another subject is NOT fine.
The continued sniping and baiting, posting something you know is going to get a reaction out of another member for the sole purpose of "getting a
reaction out of another member", is no longer going to be tolerated.
This is not limited to politics either. Religious diatribe and anti religious diatribe for the sole purpose of continuing or starting ludicrous
argument is not welcome here either.
This has gotten so far out of hand that the Moderators have been asked to go to "STRICT ENFORCEMENT" mode.
This means ANY POST deemed a "bait" a, "snipe" or any post that has the above mentioned interjections mixed in it when they are utterly out of
place will be edited, the member will be warned.
The Moderators are going to edit the post since too many GOOD threads have been hi-jacked and moved to another forum because a few people can't seem
to say anything without adding their political-anti political/religious-anti religious commentary.
When you are typing out a reply, imagine you are talking to that person face to face. Would you add "Bush is a criminal" or "The liberals are weak
traitors" in response to a conversation about a criminal who is about to be executed?
Let's look at it...
A conversation about favorite lunch selections...
Bob - "I think I am going to have a big fat chesseburger for lunch George what do you want? "
George - "It figures you'd ask me that Bob, the Liberals are all weak traitors and you are too because you didn't vote for Bush that's why you
like cheese on your burger"
A conversation about irrational fears...
Bob - "When I was a kid I was afraid of clowns"
George - "That's because you are stupid Christian and you've been brainwashed into thinking the world just appeared out of nothing despite all the
George wouldn't last long in my neighborhood, and I, for one, don't want him around my "Digital neighborhood" if he's going to act like that.
Effective immediately, George is going to be edited and warned until he gets with the program or moves on.