... Or, A Word About Politeness.
We've been forced to engage in some rather frustrating exchanges with what seems to be an unusual increase in time-consuming troublesome members.
In one or two cases, it seems like the member has been able to see our methodology.
In one or two others, we continue to be exasperated at a lack of understanding.
And in still more cases, we've had to terminate access (banning).
There will be no naming of names, and any speculation will be frowned upon, but I thought it timely to stress one very important point.
Participation in ATS - BTS - PTS, on nearly any topic, is very easy -- all you need to do is be polite.
That's it. While our Terms & Conditions
may seem length and complex, it really all
condenses down to simply being polite to each other, polite to the staff, polite to the owners, and polite to the content of other people you'd like
to share with ATS members.
You see, we're not like nearly every other discussion board. Some embrace rudeness, or at least seem not to be upset by it. Some embrace a
free-for-all of minimal posts and drive-by insults, or at least revel in the resulting post-count.
It can be hard to make the transition to our environment if you've become used to the free-for-all of many other communities.
It can also be hard if you can't separate "stating your opinion" from "rudeness", or tell the difference between "free speech" and "freely
No one is ever banned from ATS for their opinions, ideas, connections, or theories. Everyone is always banned for simply not being able to politely
function in the environment we've created.
Certainly very vocal and angry proponents of particular theories will see this as an attempt to silence them.
Certainly those unable to understand our requirements will see this as "over moderation" or uneven moderation.
If you come to ATS, and you have important ideas or information, this is an ideal search-engine-optimized place to tell the world. If communicating
your ideas, opinions, and information is important to you, then it won't be hard to understand our simple requirement of politeness. If you can't
understand, then what you have to say must not be that important after all.
And, in the end, even if what you have to say is important but cannot tolerate being polite, we would rather sacrifice the information than our