There is established policy regarding the issue regarding the Social Issues Forum, and the posting trends that have garnered all this attention. That
is the time honored Terms & Conditions Of Use
to which every ATS member has agreed to
when joining this discussion board. In addition to those guidelines there are specific guidelines governing the Social Issues Forum at
AbovePolitics.com. Those guidelines can be read here,
and were approved by the Three Amigos.
The process for developing forum guidelines is not a haphazard one, nor is it the work of any single individual. There is no end to the hand wringing
and dissection that entails such an undertaking. Even after the posting of said guidelines, the process continues, and the rules must stand the test
of time and usage. Updates and revisions are always contemplated, and when deemed appropriate, implemented. Casual dismissal of the ATS Staff’s
diligence on this matter is unfounded, and gratuitous.
The staff members were selected from the most capable members, and perform their duties sans compensation… A labor of love if you will. These duties
are never taken lightly, and by accepting a staff position that member is embracing not only the increased scrutiny of the Three Amigos, but the
entire membership of ATS. The ability to perform the duties of a moderator here with purely altruistic intent is difficult, but by checks and
balances, and a team effort the result is fair, above board, and in the truest spirit of “Deny Ignorance.” To make the callous accusations and to
insinuate that there is some form of conspiracy to suppress a particular voice or point of view through either apathy or tacit racism is beyond the
ATS strives to provide the finest venue for the exchange and discussion of ideas and issues, and will continue to try and improve in any way possible
to be as inclusive and as broad in scope as possible. That being said, ATS is a private entity, and to transform itself to satisfy one member's ideal
or vision is not even in the realm of contemplation. If someone finds the comfortable environs of ATS too confining for their views, I suggest a
proactive course of action! There is a whole world wide web out there to embrace new ideas and endeavors. Disagreement can lead to the vision of
enterprise and the germ of something new and different.
The bottom line is that the Terms & Conditions will continue to be enforced in a fair and even manner in all forums
The Social Issues Forum Guidelines will be enforced, and will be in a steady state of review and revision by the staff. The posting “styles” that
led to the creation to these specific guidelines will not
be tolerated. Period.
Individuals that cannot abide by these simple guidelines will be subject to administrative action, up to and including
Make no mistake, if a member manages to engage in disruptive
activity that leads to being banned, the member will have earned the status of persona non
any attempt to return to ATS will result in immediate banning of new accounts without warning or comment.
There will be no policy regarding awareness or sensitivity… There will remain the standing policy of civility and decorum. ATS is a diverse
environment, and should a member choose not to be “aware” that is their choice… To legislate a particular stance or point of view is precisely
what ATS is not
about. Should a member transition from an inward choice of ignorance to an outward violation of the Terms & Conditions, that
member will be dealt with by the staff as policy has always dictated.
If there is any interested guest speaker that would contribute to the overall enlightenment of the membership and visitors of ATS then a vigorous
pursuit of that person should be undertaken. If any
member has any
relationship or insight that could lead to obtaining a guest speaker
it should be brought to the attention of the staff via the ATS Complain/Suggestion
To establish some criteria or quota based on anything other than expertise in a conspiracy related field, and a willingness to appear on
ATS is inherently flawed. Any and all conspiracy theorist are welcome with open arms at ATS, and should a particular theorist through research or fame
have appeal as a Guest Speaker, Conspiracy Master, Sponsored Forum, or some other tailored forum or venue… They will be granted that status based on
who they are, not what they are.
In conclusion, participation at ATS is elective; there is nothing holding any member here, nor is there any obligation to engage in any activity that
a member or individual may find offensive. If the parameters of posting here are an imposition, then perhaps it is time to move on.
To each member, the choice is yours.
[edit on 6/4/2007 by Mirthful Me]