posted on Mar, 2 2010 @ 11:21 AM
You're the site owner, so I guess it's your prerogative to allow for yourself the knee-jerk reaction of "getting pissed" when you don't like what
you see going on.
But what about members that also don't like what they see from other members and mods, as well?
I'm talking about ATS staff coming down on so-called "trolls" in only some cases, while seeming to allow and even promote "trolling" in
in the Breaking Political News forum is a perfect example.
One of many Palin hit pieces posted on ATS, the title practically screams "trolling thread". And since it is only based on opinion, it really
cannot be considered "Breaking Political News". But the thread is still in this forum. I even posted a reply asking why it wasn't in the
"Political Madness" forum, only to be told that a mod had moved it here from the Madness forum. Excuse me?
I've had posts removed for simply suggesting that someone didn't belong on a thread (due to the offensive nature of what they were posting), while
other posts calling me every name in the book have been ignored by staff - even when the alert button was clicked.
My (repeated) suggestion for calming things down is to level the playing field
so that members do not feel that they are up against both other
members and staff. That alone should cool off some tempers. Of course staff members are entitled to their own opinions, but when a person takes on a
leadership role, they must also hold themselves above the fray and to a higher standard, not contribute to the problems from a position of power.
So, IMO along with the "deny ignorance" phrase there also needs to be "deny hypocrisy" and also "deny bias" from the staff in dealing with the
issues and members. In other more simple words, I'm just asking for fairness across the board. That's what it will take to allow issues and
tempers to simmer down.