Yes, Springer, I too am glad that someone who has some clout around here finally said something that people will hopefully take seriously.
I don't think that ATS would be too much fun, though if everyone was too afraid to post what they honestly wanted to say or ask out of fear of being
banned. Also, I see in some threads (none in particular come to mind at the moment) where a poster who has been around for a while and generally
makes good posts and replies, suddenly gets a member who has not been here for too long, just jump all over the one who doesn't deserve it. Then, a
bunch of others who hadn't even been writing in the thread before, suddenly are there, all ready to "YELL" at each other, until a few posts later,
I don't even remember what the thread was originally about.
As a matter of fact, I was first going to thank you Springer, because often, well sometimes, I will start a thread, and maybe it takes off a little
and is becomming a good conversation when suddenly a couple of people get stuck on one little part of the topic and get argueing back and forth over
and over again about that one little piece, which is not the main point of the thread. People try to interject with the main conversation, only to be
cut off again by the same two (I don't mean any same two all the time, just any particular two) who will sometimes start having it out to the extent
of including links from other irrelevant threads, and forgetting that they aren't the only ones there, and that they have gotten so far off topic,
that it's really annoying.
But, what happens, though, that I really don't(didn't now - past tense) know what to do, is that I would get so sick of the increasinly passionate
and irrlevant argueing going on in a thread that I started with honesty and sincerety, that I finally write a post to the effect that I would
appreciate it if people would have their opinions heard without bickering, etc..... something usually like that. But then,
more often than not,
when I make a post asking that people please communicate without bickering, that seems to be the end of my thread.
Anyway, didn't mean to get so carried away. I guess it bothered my more than I was aware of. Thanks again, Springer.
Oh, BTW, I'm not innocent. I was reminded that I have found myself getting a bit carried away from time to time with the "monster neo-cons",
"murderous, criminal neo-cons", etc... I am reminded to watch myself about that.