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Originally posted by NephraTari
It has nothing to do with thought censorship it has to do with expressing your thoughts in a civil non hostile manner to those you are interacting with.
I can see what your saying to an extent. You have to understand that members can get frustrated when new members refuse to use the search function to look for a topic before they post a new one on the same subject that there are already 15 different threads discussing. There is much valuable information and ideas in existing threads and if people take the time to read them they might find the answers they seek without having to take up more server space and force everyone to REPOST their thoughts again and again and again just to help someone out.
Originally posted by Doc Velocity
I'm sort of alarmed to see other ATS members come crashing into those threads, denouncing the topic, asking that the thread be closed, and injecting a few snide and condescending remarks, as well.
Here's an actual example: "How many of these evolution vs. creationism threads are we going to have to endure? It's always the same rhetoric back and forth between the same people. Yeah, I could just bypass these threads when I see them on the board, but why waste the space in the first place?"
Now, that is the work of thought police, attempting to belittle certain topics and chase away the participants. I'm not talking about ATS mods, per se, but established ATS members for sure. And I see this sort of naysaying, closed-minded whining with increasing frequency.