I am a new member of ATS, and new to the world of online forums in general. In the short time I have been here I have been immensely impressed with
many of the members who participate on these forums.
I have to admit that my manners and methods were down right rustic when I arrived. Not only were my contributions weak, many of my comments were
inflammatory or downright rude.
After my first, and only, warning from Intrepid followed by a conversation about my actions I realized I have to behave differently. Not only in terms
of how I treat other members, but in terms of the quality of what I contribute. Admittedly I still have a long way to go, but I am giving it an honest
Still I realize correcting some peoples behavior does not work the same as it did for me. Obviously there has to be some methodology that works to
successfully maintain appropriate behavior here at ATS.
I know people make mistakes, and often we all make the same mistakes over again. In light of this I think that a systems of X amount of warnings in X
amount of time would equal a ban, be it a permanent ban or a temporary ban. Like I said, I am the new kid so how this would actually work is beyond
Another point hat was raised and that I feel like has A LOT of merit was made by Loam,
In terms of a solution, I can't help but wonder whether enforcing a "stay on topic" rule would be an easier and more effective path to follow than
one that seeks to mandate the "courteousness" of posts? The former, by proxy, addresses the latter and also helps to address an altogether
different, but equally troubling, problem.
I think this would be of tremendous help. It is hard to turn a thread into a flaming disaster if people are not allowed to stray from the topics under
discussion. Although it obviously is not the soul solution to the problem I think it would help to have a stricter policy regarding this.
I personally know how hard it can be to have your ideas and ideals challenged. Many of you have done an excellent job of breaking down my preconceived
notions in the short time I have been here, and although it was painful and in some cases goaded childish responses from me, I feel I am a better
person for it.
I am really pleased to have found this site as I believe I stand to gain a lot for participating here and I hope the best for the site and all those
who use it. I think the solution to this problem will come in many forms. Those I have mentioned above and others that I have not yet considered /
In closing one thing I think would help the site would be for the all us members to personally hold ourselves and others to the standards the sites
requires of us. I don't think we should all be turned into the ATS youth, but I do believe that very curiously asking others to cease using behaviors
that damage the forum, or simply ignoring them when they will not would work wonders. I could be way off here, like I said in the short time I have
been here you all have shown me how far off i can be, but this is MHO.
Edit: Changed "interims" to 'in terms'
[edit on 1-1-2008 by Animal]