Ethics are a tenuous platform to be sure. They are required of those who are in a stewardship position like Simon Gray, SkepticOverlord and myself,
Springer find ourselves in here at ATS.
What do I mean by ethical stewardship?
I mean NEVER
usurping the truth to make a dollar.
I mean NEVER
shutting out one position or perspective because it doesn't agree with ours.
I mean NEVER
attacking another to make ourselves look better/smarter/more honest or appear to be a victim.
Recently a website took the liberty of grabbing one of our largest threads and created a derivative work from it. They didn't have the ethics
to simply ask us
first. We would've worked with them to create the most visibility possible for their work had they only asked.
To make matters worse they ended this work with lies and false statements about our beloved ATS, Simon Gray, SkepticOverlord and me, Springer,
. They unethically
inserted our site name in the HTML of their title KNOWING it would dramatically improve the google results
and hoping to confuse surfers into thinking they were reading ATS sanctioned work. All this to increase their own traffic and sell their
, the usual fare, books and whatnot...
Upon seeing this UNETHICAL
transgression SkepticOverlord and I contacted these people and asked them to change their article to reflect an
use of our content. The response was more accusations and double talk. To be fair, I will state that they made two corrections which,
while encouraging, have virtually no impact on the traffic gains and additional exposure using our name will bring them.
Again, we would've welcomed their work and helped in any way we could had they only asked. We have done this many times in the past, history proves
that we are open to helping anyone get to the truth.
The owners of this site have agreed that we will never exploit what we have here in an unethical way for the sole purpose of increased traffic, making
money or any other reason period.
You can imagine how we feel when we see someone else doing exactly that, exploiting ATS' good name to make money and increase their traffic.
of their traffic is equal to a few hours
of ATS' traffic)
Our blood sweat and tears, not to mention significant financial investments, have been poured into this site to make it what it is today. To watch an
outsider not only take advantage of that in a way we would not and then make derogatory, inflammatory, UNTRUE statements about us as individuals
(Simon, S.O. and myself) and the site in general
is more than we can tolerate.
Our legal advisers are on top of this and our legal response will be forthcoming in the near future. It is beyond unfortunate that these people are so
rude, dishonest and arrogant but there it is. It is equally unfortunate that this will probably have to be dealt with in court when all it would've
taken was an ETHICAL
request and we would've been working together instead fighting in court.
That's the problem when people are unethical
, they never seem to do the right thing upfront, they always seem to cheat first and "steal"
rather than simply ask. I guess it's because they would never share their own assets they expect they have to act this way to get their goals met not
realizing that there ARE ethical people out there willing to help. Sad...
[edit on 1-10-2006 by Springer]