New Forum Coming Soon: The ATS Bully Pulpit
The term "bully pulpit" was first coined by U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt as he described the presidency being a public office of high exposure
that provided the president (or other high profile national politician) with an opportunity to speak out and be received on any matter of importance.
The so called "bully pulpit" can bring important political topics to the forefront that were not prominently in debate, due to any number of
Now, here on AboveTopSecret.com with our ever-increasing overall popularity and awareness, those who are concerned with the nature of modern political
debate are afforded a new high profile "bully pulpit" venue.
Over the next couple of days, we'll be rolling out this new and special forum, where our rules of conduct will be an exceptionally strict
interpretation of our existing Terms & Conditions
... in addition to two simple core
No Partisanship Bickering:
Posts that engage in the all to typical partisan tactics of divisive bickering will not be allowed.
Focus On The Issues:
Posts that focus on unrelated rumors associated with candidates and other political personalities are not allowed.
Those who wish to participate in the forum will post a public acceptance of this pledge: "I, _____________, an ATS member concerned about real
and important political issues in this 2008 election season promise to do my best to elevate the tone of political debate through my participation in
the ATS Bully Pulpit Forum. I will not post insults. I will not engage in divisive political rhetoric. I will focus on the issues important to the
American public and the world at large. I will support my statements with confirmed facts. I will conduct myself in the best example of superior
participation and fully embrace the spirit of 'deny ignornace.'"
Acceptance of this pledge affords a member with the ability to post in the
Bully Pulpit Forum... where only few can post, but all can read.
Posting in the Bully Pulpit forum will earn the member more points than other forums.
Each star awarded in the Bully Pulpit earns the post author 25 ATS points.
Exceptionally strict rules will apply, one post containing divisive political rhetoric or deceptive information about candidates will result in:
1- immediate removal from the Bully Pulpit access.
2- a five-day posting ban from participating in ATS.
3- immediate forfeit of all ATS points
4- if a member has fewer than 200 ATS posts, their account will be terminated
The goal here is to create an environment with those who desire to seriously discuss important political issues can do so without concern over
interruption by the disruptive tactics of political trolls. All can read, but a select few who really want to make a difference can post.