Unfortunately, many of those who choose to debate the issues surrounding 9/11 conspiracy theories on ATS remain unswayed by our simple rules of
civility and decorum and continually seek to skirt the intent of This Thread.
Therefore, we are faced with one of two choices... close the forum, or get more strict. In the interest of promoting the civilized debate and
discussion of important issues, we're getting more strict.
For the most part, the new level of discourteous activity is focused on an amazing amount of ad
personality attacks directed toward ATS Members, high-profile 9/11 "Truth" personalities, high-profile 9/11 "Debunker"
personalities, and even non-public figures
those who have been in the mainstream news as reported witnesses the events on 9/11/2001.
This type of activity in the 9/11 Forum on AboveTopSecret.com stops now.
New 9/11 Forum Warning
Beginning at the time of this announcement, if your post contains a personality attack against anyone
, no matter if your target is an ATS
member or not, within the 9/11 Forum, it will be removed and replaced with this graphic:
You will also receive a warning and points penalty.
If a second infraction is encountered, even if we're applying the warns within seconds of each other and you have not seen the first warning
yet, your posting privileges will be removed.
Truthers, Debunkers, CT's, and Skeptics Oh My!
In all my years being involve in various online communities, boards, and forums, as well as conspiracy theorists, I've never experienced the level of
vicious personality attacks that I'm currently seeing within the spectrum of debate and discussion defined by "9/11 conspiracy theories and Truth
We hear over and over again from those in the "truth movement" that there is nothing more important than exposing the "inside job." To you I say,
then there is nothing more important than expressing your points with civility and credibility. For both
sides of the argument, if you're
unable to communicate these issues in a deserving manner, then you are not concerned about the issues at all, you're simply entertaining yourself
through insults and you're not welcome here.
We Can't Discuss The Credibility Of Participants?
If you feel compelled to discredit those who espouse 9/11 conspiracies, promote 9/11 activism, engage in 9/11 conspiracy debunking, or tell their
first-hand 9/11 stories, then do so with facts and reasoned analysis. Simply stating they're a member of a "sect," a popular debunking site, or any
other simplistic "guilt by association" statement will result in a "9/11 Madness" warning.
To be clear, "public figures" such as politicians and policy-makers with a connection to these issues/events are not considered to fall under these
new guidelines. Their pre-existing public exposure places them in a position to anticipate scrutiny.
Is It Fair That We Single Out One Forum?
No. Certainly not. But then it's not fair that a limited number of people choose to ignore our long-standing policies of civility and decorum. We
choose these policies long ago to enable the important topics to rise up from the typical pointless bickering seen on nearly all other discussion
venues. These topics are important, insults are not. The concept is simple.
Yes, this issue happens in other forums on ATS... but with no where near the frequency and intensity seen in the 9/11 forum.
Today, the 9/11 Madness ends on AboveTopSecret.com.
Edit to clarify that these guidelines only extend to non-public people who are not ATS members.
[edit on 14-12-2007 by SkepticOverlord]