I too used to be a great lurker of these boards and this site pratically single handely endowned me with all the knowlege of how to debate and evalute
further that i posses today.
Just watching the intellectual serves and volleys of some members back then was pratically an art form in it's own right you would certainely leave
the site that day learning at least something new or evalutating how you percieve things and your train of thoughts.
There's few faces i recognise these days but does that mean one is biased to only acknowleding the posts of members we know???..no it doesn't a
point is a point no matter who makes it and a debate is for everyone and the more the merrier in my opinion anyway.
Theres always been outstanding members on ATS who no matter what race or idealogical creed who would engage in debates show their point and listen and
take on board what is being said by everyone, They will go out of their comfort zones and are prepared to exercise new trains of thought.
Even on occasions certain threads that have ended with unanimous agreement weirdly by all parties taking part in it which is a strange and rare event.
It seems though theres more insults and a breakdown in calibre of debates and communications. Maybe not enough people are reading the excellent
beginners materials offered by this site and the sites TOS?? I don't know.
In my opinion it's not solely the creationists faults as they're are and have been many geat creationist members as with every other group/label we
can think of and theres not so great members in ever group/label again what counts here is not your belief but the way you conduct yourself as a
member of this site.
There's alot of my way or the highway type threads nowadays that then get reduced to insults, But it's not too much a big deal every member has been
prone to faulter and make an insult now and again and the moderators always take care of it when need be.
What's worrying though is the blatent refusal of some people to basically 'DENY IGNORANCE' everyone is welcomed to their beliefs but as in another
thread people are taking insult to others opinions when they aren't even being addressed or twisting peices of what being said to just basically
start a 'war' and to harrass members.
It's as if the whole debate revolves around them, Now everyone posses an ego it would be ignorant to suggest we're all perfect infalliable beings
but it's exasperating to see debates being turned into games of who has the bigger 'gang' basically.
It's disgusting to promote ones beliefs and then refuse to let others air theres, Too demean people as something or other to try and devalue them and
thus there opinions.
Too think that the majority opinion is the right one and because people have simply left a debate that you've 'won' and are a superior person to
It just seems that theres more of this going on this than before.
[edit on 30-5-2008 by SR]