reply to post by budski
I ask only for your opinion, as another member of the same community. I'm not questioning authority here, just want to get some type of measure of
how skewed my perception is. A bit of self guidance if you will.
Originally posted by Unit541
So, this leads one to believe that the initial post is deemed compliant with the terms and conditions of ATS.
Originally posted by budski
reply to post by scientist
I reserve the right not to answer - like I said, it's not my place.
Originally posted by SkepticOverlord
The original thread you mentioned was started before my decision to begin interpreting the T&C in a more strict way, with regards to topics such as drug use. However, the intent is to manage new content so as not to see the proportion of drug discussion on ATS rise. There never was any intentions to look at old threads and "prune" potential offenses under the newer stricter policy.
Originally posted by khunmoon
But no matter it should be legalised in Europe -or Canada- We cannot discuss it before it also is in The USA. Right?
Originally posted by Majic
Our members in Singapore (where possession of illegal drugs is punishable by death), for example, would probably not be happy to be cut off from our forums...
There are many other nations and jurisdictions that filter or prohibit drug-related content, as well as Internet Service Providers, search engines, businesses and organizations from which members log in, etc.
Originally posted by mr-lizard
I don't wanna go to another forum, there are enough intelligent people, from all creeds, religions and walks of life here to discuss their own experiences on this subject, for better or worse...
but we need to be mindful of the larger initiatives. It would be unfortunate if the automated filtering services suddenly determined that "drug discussion" on ATS suddenly achieved a critical X:Y ratio, and it's time to filter our domain. And indeed, we are close to such a situation.
Unfortunately, such discussion would place our domain well beyond the critical mass of "drug-related" topics necessary for filtering via a broad range of systems. It sucks. It's not right. It's a form of censor-by-proxy.
I would prefer to have a forum dedicated to the discussion of the "war on drugs" and the myriad of known and speculated conspiracies related to the government and law enforcement.
Hopefully, at some point with our many other efforts that do not rely upon our website, we can address these issues with the appropriate dose of ATS style. Until then, we simply do what we can to ensure that 9,999 topics are not denied because of one.