Abort, Retry, Ignore?
When I first got here, I played various drama games with ignore: "I'm ignoring you. I can't hear you now. La la la la la. Did somebody say
something? Sorry, couldn't hear it because you're on ignore", ad nauseam.
Coming here from a decidedly right-wing political board, there was a bit of culture shock for me, to say the least: "What? You mean not everybody
wants America to rule the world like God says we should? What's their problem? Where's the ignore button?"
At one point I complained that the ignore list had a limit -- because I reached it (it's ten).
It took a while, but somewhere along the line I realized that not only did people not have to agree with me, but that I really don't mind if someone
else has wildly different opinions from mine.
I started to figure out that it's normal and expected for people who live in different countries and cultures to have different opinions about
On ATS, we have members from all over the world. Here members in Lebanon, for example, can talk directly with members in Israel. Members in Iran can
talk to members in the U.S., members in China can talk to members in Taiwan, etc.
Needless to say, such members are likely to disagree on a few things, but at least they can talk about it here.
The Golden Rule
The key to making discussion possible among people with strongly different opinions is adherence to the
AboveTopSecret.com Terms And Conditions Of Use
Members who post in accordance with the T&C
are on solid ground and protected
here, regardless of what their opinions might otherwise be. Yes, there are opinions that aren't permitted (such as "I want to kill you"), but on
the issues, the T&C
To the extent we all honor the T&C
, ours is a community where members can speak
honestly about the issues without fear of abuse or reprisal.
That's a powerful formula for discussion!
Nonetheless, it's certainly possible for other members to "push your buttons" now and then, and when that happens, the ignore feature is there to
avoid violating the T&C
But if you do see a genuine T&C
violation, rather than hitting the ignore
button, I recommend submitting a complaint
with a link to the post and a
description of the specific nature of the violation.
That way, instead of ignoring real problems, we can solve them.
And hopefully eliminate the need for the ignore button altogether.
[edit on 8/23/2006 by Majic]