I don't think you could of possibly had worse timing on your rant.
I too, as many others, feel the same way at times. We may go a few weeks with a lot of regurgitated threads, or a few others that are "way out
there". So at times, our membership may begin to be painted in a not too pleasant light. However, the recent
"I Helped The U.S. Army Plan The 9/11 Attacks"
has reinforced how amazing this
membership is, more than any of us can comprehend. It a matter of three lowly pages, this amazing story was quickly revealed to be a hoax. This is
something the staff have been looking into for a few days, and none of us were able to prove what this really was. However, given a few hours, the
membership picked it apart like a pack of savage dogs.
Nobody will ever tell me that the membership of Above Top Secret is not the greatest anywhere, at any given time.
Originally posted by SteveR
I liked it when every member was equal, and there was no perceived hierarchy.
And when was this? How has this changed? Are some members created "more equal" than others? Does every member not have the ability to become a
Conspiracy Master? What about the AbovePolitics.com 2007 Elections for President of the United
that you yourself are partaking in?
Nobody is "more equal" than others, and if anyone was to talk to any staff member for any length of time, you would quickly understand that every
member is upheld to the same standards.
There is no hierarchy.
Originally posted by Ghost01
One time, the mods used to rain in the madness. Now there seems to be a hands-off policy when it comes to a select few who are the "Chosen Ones" of
So, you want the staff to intervene on members that you disagree with? So you want Above Top Secret to be like every other board out there?
Personally, I love that ATS permits all walks of life and nobody is infringed on because they go against the status quo. Some members need to
understand that one man's ignorance is another man's brilliance.
A member may talk of paranormal activity in their life, that some members see as completely ridiculous. But who are we to say that they are making it
up? Unless it can be proven, why should we infringe on their right to discuss these issues?
Fortunately for everyone, the Terms And Conditions Of Use
govern these boards, and not
the opinion of each and every staff member. I'm not a big UFO guy, so some of those threads are a little absurd to me. I admit that. But that
doesn't mean I'm inclined to prevent any member from discussing it. My opinion on what is, and is not acceptable, well that is completely moot.
The Terms And Conditions Of Use
do the speaking for us, and we merely enforce the
standard that the Amigo's have laid out for us.
Originally posted by Ghost01
I'd really like a reason to applaud the ATS Fourm Staff, but latly, they haven't done a lot to deserve it! They're busy giving away stars instead
of inforcing the rules.
A few weeks ago, I would give you the age old spiel about how the staff does this, and the staff does that. But now that I've had the opportunity to
serve on that staff, I completely resent this statement. Not because it ignores the efforts of me personally, but because it ignores the efforts of
my fellow staffers. We have a staff here that work their damn ass off every day to keep this board running as great as it does. The Amigo's are the
brilliance behind this place, but the team of Moderators/Super Moderators we have here are second to noone.
Just because you don't see it, it doesn't mean it isn't there. Every post, every thread, every member that ruffles any feathers, an insane about
of discussion is put forth on determining the proper course of action.
If you see me taking action against any member, you can bet your ass that I've discussed this at great length with the team before ever taking a
punitive measure with any member.
Our staff deserves the benefit of the doubt. So does our membership.
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