posted on Jun, 10 2008 @ 06:46 AM
I'm seeing a lot of threads recently about how ATS is becoming this...and that... saying that standards are slipping etc....
Now personally I don't think alot of these claims are true. We're a diverse bunch and we all have our own viewpoints - but it struck me that if all
the people who were posting such things took some time out instead, picked their favourite ATS style subject and wrote about it in a thread topic of
their own, suddenly the board would be alive with dozens of new posts and maybe some new angles on the things we all like - right?
Its a simple premise - be the change you wish to see.
So if you think there's not enough on one particular subject, write something.
If you think that people are being impolite, don't stoop to that level. Instead be extra curteous in what you post.
If someone tries to smear or debunk your well thought out and excellent topic, debate with that person, challenge them to prove you wrong and back up
your initial claims. Give them evidence and afford them patience and civility.
If you are wrong, admit it. Its true that no one likes to be proved wrong, but at the same time there is no shame in it. We're all here to learn. No
one is going to think less of you for being wrong.
If you reach a dead end, or you feel someone is being unreasonable then step back, withdraw with grace, have some fun in BTS maybe and buy yourself
the time to come back to the argument reinvigorated, or wiser (or both!). If push comes to shove theres a handy ignore feature than can have
marvellous affects on your sanity.
You may not agree with someones politics. If not explain why in stead of resorting to name calling and partisan bickering. Name calling is the
ultimate kop out. It makes people look shallow.
And - on the off chance that on this board of thousands of posts, and millions of visitors things get out of hand, let us Mods deal with it as best as
we can. We were crazy enough to volunteer to do that after all.....
The ATS message is always this -
Debate the post and NOT the poster.
Courtesy is Mandatory
(and have some fun at the same time!)