posted on Aug, 5 2006 @ 05:03 PM
It has come to the attention of ATS admin and staff that the quality of discussion in the 9/11 forum has been steadily declining over the last few
months, and that this has been in no small part due to the derailing of discussion by some members implying or directly stating that those who
disagree with their point of view are stupid, "conspiracy nut jobs", or "government agents". Included in this category are posts such as
"conspiracy theories are ridiculous bunkum", "only an idiot would believe that...", and the like - comments which have nothing to do with the
discussion of the facts and associated theories, but rather are designed to stifle rational discussion through ridicule and intimidation.
In an effort to curb this worsening phenomenon, to improve the quality of discussion, and to encourage the spirit of cooperative research and
respectful debate that ATS was founded on, staff have been notified that as of this post a zero-tolerance policy is to be effected in regards to all
such comments in the 9/11 forum. Members derailing discussion through such comments will be post banned, THIS IS YOUR WARNING.
Borderline cases will result in first a U2U from staff, but a pursuit of the same protocol for repeat incidences.
The events surrounding 9/11 are complex and myriad, and only through rational, cooperative, adult discussion can we hope to discover the truth,
whatever it may be, and whether it conforms with our own personal theories or not. Ridicule, labeling, and blanket aspersions contribute nothing
towards this goal. If you disagree with another member, please feel free to explain why you disagree by outlining the facts as you or your sources see
them, not by labeling - whether by direct statement or by implication - those who hold certain views as "nutcases", "sheeple", "disinfo
agents", "idiots" and so forth. If you think that the investigation and discussion of conspiracy theories is purely a pastime of the unintelligent,
the paranoid, and the mentally imbalanced, then perhaps ATS is not the place for you. If you think that the investigation and dismissal of a
particular theory from one's personal belief set means that one is a government agent, an idiot, or a "sheeple", then the same applies.
ATS is THE place to come to for informative, adult discussion of 9/11 conspiracy theory. It is our hope through the enactment of this policy and
through quality contributions and discussion from YOU, that we can continue to claim that accolade.
All policies are effected with the singular goal of making ATS a more enjoyable and productive environment for you, the members, and hence we welcome
discussion of this policy in this thread.
[edit on 8-5-2006 by Springer]