posted on Oct, 20 2007 @ 06:19 AM
I am 100% with Techsnow on this one. I welcome crazy theories, unconventional propositions and mad beliefs, however, only when the aim of the thread
is to derive a solution or explanation via discourse with ATS members, or to relate a personal experience to just get "stuff" out there.
As it has been said, sifting through the items that appear totally unfounded is useful if even the smallest nugget of information is mined as a result
of that process.
What I am against is the promotion of ideas on ATS simply as a process of science fiction writing, where an author presents no basis of fact and/or is
not willing to accept criticism or present a disclaimer that such a thread is invention and represents what "could be".
Yes, we can make a decision to "ignore" threads that fall into such a category, but the point is that some of these threads actively promote
ignorance, for what purpose we can only imagine (although I would suggest that they are largely "ego" based). The point is, the material in
question reflects on ATS (whether fairly or not) and creates a bandwagon that others start to jump on. Next thing you know, it is just a site for
submission of science fiction short stories.
Is there anything to be done?
I don't agree with censorship in this scenario, although I would suggest a rating method that allows a thread to be judged by the ATS community,
judged by peers if you will.
Anyway, good to see that there are plenty of earnest people out there who really do want to deny ignorance!