posted on Aug, 14 2008 @ 06:47 AM
reply to post by caballero
Caballero said: "I stand by what I said no we dont have freespeech, nor free expression I dont appreciate the staff claiming we do but telling us we
cant talk about this or that and we cant express our thoughts on this or that. "
I am with you and am just as upset as you and many others are about the incomplete concept of "Freedom of Speech" on this Board. There is no
"Freedom of Speech" here. There is some freedom to say what you want, but when the T&C are violated, the censorship hammer comes crashing down to
edit, delete or remove the violating post. This is what happens in a comminust country or website. Is this a healthy position to take? Depends on
which side of the table you sit at. To ATS it is healthy. To us it is a restriction, which I can view as being unhealthy.
I think moderators should not moderate a thread they are posting in. Either you are the cop or the citizen. You can't be both at the exact same time.
When a cop is off duty, only then can he revert back to a citizen. And for some cops, even that is a difficult challenge. Why would anyone want to
give up "super-powers" by reverting to being a citizen when you are a cop?
I am glad this discussion is ongoing, but I fear that in the end, nothing will change other than possibly Moderators not being able to moderate a
thread that they are participating in. That's it. Oh, and also the possiblility of this thread disappearing.
The T&C should be altered, but again, why would someone look to diminish their "powers" for nothing. Us complaining can be mistaken as being
nothing. "Us" being the users that make ATS what it is. Without us ATS is nothing.
For example: Bush must think that the American people are nothing. Look at how often he breaks the rules, or makes them up as he goes. Blatant
disregard is evident in a lot of Bush's actions. Look at Iraq, Iran, Afganistan... He does not stop!!!
The censorship on this site does not stop either.
[edit on 14-8-2008 by EyesII]