I posted this here because the other thread was closed and I feel very strongly about the topic and want to help those in charge of its resolution.
Quote From Springer:
“When SkepticOverlord and I decided to put everything we have into the building of ATS it was with the vision that humanity could gather,
investigate, research, collaborate and discuss the alternative topics that are either summarily ignored or ridiculed by the "mainstream media" in a
civil and respectful manner.”
There is a greater phenomenon that is going on in our society at the moment that needs to be addressed here and realized. The “culture of
negativity” is part of a larger cycle in society. It was correct of you to explain this as a larger reflection of society as a whole. Civilizations
move in cycles. The first cycle is usually a religious adherence to social morality and norms. The 1950's can be relegated to this phase of our
society. It is mostly a reflection of an overwhelming controlling social norm. Basically a large majority of the population believe in a certain moral
code (IE Conservative Christianity).
However, as the racial, religious, and nationalistic makeup of the society changes then various separatist groups who are gaining in membership will
fight for dominance within their society. This is where we are in the American melting pot phase. You are probably experiencing this more on line due
to the larger global makeup of your posters.
It is the nature of our psychology that we as individuals often greatly desire strong leadership and guidance. We as a people, are stressed and
largely unhappy when we cannot express ourselves within our society with a certain amount of freedom and acceptance. The phrase “misery loves
company” is as true as the saying, “Avoid loud and aggressive people”. Each of these ideas are simply truisms that all people should follow in
order to isolate themselves from the negative influence of others.
Essentially, it is good that people segregate themselves by a common moral code in normal times of peace in any society. It is only when external
forces provide a new and overwhelming reality that forces us to better tolerate what we should normally avoid in other people. War is the perfect
example. It is usually only when a nation is at war that this unity of the peoples is achieved. But even then, it is only because the society has
created a greater division of peoples that lies outside the national society itself. The “Japs” or the “Dirty Germans” then become the
outsiders. But the essential truth of groups of people segregating themselves based on common morality, religion, and purpose is still the same. It is
just that the perceived segregation of society has now grown, due to war, beyond the national boarders.
My advice for this circumstance is to take decisive action. We are all unhappy to an extent when the places that we associate do not have clearly
defined boundaries. As Christ said, “It is better to be hot or cold than lukewarm.” I think that the action that you take to stem the “culture
of negativity” should be a hammer, and not an slap on the wrist. Will many people leave? Yes. But it is better that you take actions that are
decisive enough to learn from, as a manager, than actions that only fail to achieve their goal and yet leave you with no lessons to learn from because
the end is subtle and quiet and the diamonds of wisdom to be obtained from them are equally small and too easily missed among the ashes.
But let us not fail to understand also that with decisive and sweeping actions should also come decisive and sweeping debate. This “Research
Phase” of the operations is in fact the most important. It is the gathering of facts and the isolation of essential points that is most important.
The vague generalities of “Negativity” and “Trolling” must be re codified into specific actions and methods. A hammer is a valuable tool, but
ineffective, if the target that you are striking is not very precise. You must hit the nail on the head, and that nail must be precisely defined to be
smaller than the hammer itself.
You must use this method of debate even more so than you desire because it is debate itself that you are attempting to control. It is not thought that
you are striking at. It is not a specific group of people that you are targeting. Instead it must be the very specific and well defined actions or
whatever persons that you attack with overwhelming force. It should be widely debated. This debate and research is the most tiring and straining phase
of operations, yes, but they are the most essential. It may even be that the debate itself, if widely circulated enough, and made enough of an
essential topic in itself, may be enough to control the actions of others.
But at this moment, you should not close this post. At this moment you should more clearly define the “Negative” that you are targeting. At this
moment you, and others, should endeavor to limit the usage of vague general titles and names like “troll” and “negative poster”. For any
definition can be applied to such all encompassing titles. To define a thing accurately is to give it purpose. Only then, can it be attacked with
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