So if I understand it correctly, from the video - as well as from a post [elsewhere on the net] that John made [explaining what had happened between
him and the Admin here, showing the communication that took place between him and S.O.] - then the situation can be summarized as this:
Apparently John was initially post banned because there was an issue with ATS staff being able to find the actual statements, [using google, etc.],
which John claimed certain ATS members made about him.
John finds all, but one, of the messages himself. After he 'proves' his innocence it appears all is fine as long as they can just leave this behind
It appears what the real issue, at least with John was/is, basically boils down to this:
I would say it seems from his perspective that he feels he was looked at as a liar and that no true effort was made in clarifying the issue before
false accusations against him were made. [An irony indeed when you realize why he was initially post banned.]
Also, he had looked at S.O., and Springer as friends, so I guess it hurt all the more.
In the end, both sides are feeling hurt and trying to defend themselves.
From each sides perspective, they are 'right'...but being right does not 'bring together.'
Isnt it time to just move on? And this doesnt mean hiding issues like this in the closet and hoping they go away.
The reason for Johns original post ban no longer exist...why not reinstate him then?
Its almost a tit-for-tat. Again, he may or may not post again if he is reinstated.
If he does, Im sure he wont try to recycle dirty laundry.
The fact is, as you watch the video interview, he is not really talking bad about ATS.
You take from the video whatever it is you want to take away from it.
I have seen, into the 3rd video, some positive comments about ATS and the community. - of course he has stated his grievance with what happened, but
that is neither here nor there...why make it a tool in which to divide?
As far as whether this site is owned by the CIA, FBI, etc. - I would say on one level, who cares. People in the CIA have internet connection, they
dont have to own a site to go to it to see what people think.
Common sense would dictate that a site like this would be a nice place to come and see what people are thinking.
Now are topics pushed in one direction or another?
I think we can all agree that we try to push our own agendas, and the majority usually pushes their weight.
We know of the issues in most of the forums, from religious to the secret society ones.
What we must do is keep our heads about us.
Just because the majority leans in one direction doenst make it true...
Read and learn to think for ourselves is really what its all about.
Now are certain subjects kind of pushed back and looked at as taboo?
Perhaps, but again this site is not only a community, it is a business, and therefore it has its business interest to look after. - Even if it does,
at times, seem to override the open discussion of good topics such as 'legal' usages of Hemp.
- At least they have it in RATS, and this is something to be grateful for.
So, ATS is not without its flaws - nor does it have to be in order for this to be a great place to post. The key is in the content.