reply to post by Mirthful Me
I just can't not respond to this.
MM you and I have agreed on so many things in the past, and you have helped me so many times since I joined, but in this case, I couldn't disagree
with you more.
I went to college, and I don't want to go back. What are we doing here? A succession of written and posted soliloquies devoid of political bias and
opinion for the sake of academia and let the plebes have at themselves? I have books for that from when I did that in school. We also have a debate
forum for all our high witted selves.
All of this is totally over-thought.
We all agree that we want to dispose of hate filled, divisive, non-issue oriented threads, which yes include the blogger in the basement guy as a
sourse. Take these, put them in a dump forum, we carry on as we were. All these rules and pledges and punishment is just so unnecessary. Not to
mention the amount of extra work and time it will take to identify a consistent subjective intellectual cut off for the mods to apply, acting as de
facto newspaper editors. Then to argue with posters endlessly around this line and interpret their intent no less , and why in their opinion this
doesn't cut it as a publishable thesis. Oh and by the way, thanks for playing, you have no points for all to see, and stigmatize you accordingly.
Better luck next time. Lucky are the ones with 201 points I guess. Madness.
How such a relatively simple ambition has ended up, that the way to solve this, is to take what was the original ATS mission statement, and move it to
Am I the only one who sees that this devalues the rest of of ATS?
WE are taking OUR buckets and moving away from THEM?
By taking this approach, we truly give "THEM" exactly what they wanted. We fixed the problem by dividing ourselves. Problem solved.
I'm truly sorry for my tone and frustration, I hope you believe that. I love this place and it is I guess arrogant for me to assume that that
somehow, suddenly I know better than the creators after a couple of months of membership. So I'm sorry for that as well.
[edit on 8/21/2008 by schrodingers dog]