The ATS staff have noticed an increased state of "tension" on the board following the recent actions in Israel/Gaza.
Inevitably, with such actions comes a degree of hard-nosed polarisation.
However, while you are batting for your particular "team", there is something else that you need to remember.
The person you are replying to has an opinion that is just as valid as yours and providing that opinion is within the
ATS Terms and Conditions
(and some opinions will be strong ones) then it is acceptable
to be posted on ATS.
Anything that breaks the T&C will be actioned. If you see something that you believe breaks the T&C use the ALERT button on the post to bring it to
the staffs attention.
It is possible to discuss the current actions in the Middle East with civility and courtesy.
are not fighting the actions over there. We are just commentators. We are in the priviledged position of being able to watch from afar
without being in the line of fire, and that means that apart from a bruised ego we have almost
nothing to lose.
That being said, there are some things that can
be lost. One is respect from your fellow posters and yet another is - ultimately - your ability
to post on ATS.
At all times, the first thing you should be thinking of when replying to a post is this
Debate the post and NOT the poster
- Ad-hominem attacks are not necessarry and won't be tolerated. "Labels" applied to posters seem to be
an increasing trend in arguments over this issue. If you cannot distinguish between political disagreement and race/religious hatred then maybe you
should think again. If you - in any way - want to personally go after the poster of a thread or of an opinion then step away from the keyboard before
you do something rash, consider your response and respond with facts and courtesy.
Courtesy is Mandatory
at all times. Its not a negotiable thing.
Moving on, bluntly, hate speech is against the T&C and will not be tolerated
Well researched - good natured - opinions, posts and questions are most welcome.
Don't let the "fog of war" cloud your judgement and land you in hot water. ATS is a place for reasoned debate and discussion. Don't become a
casualty of a war that you aren't actually fighting.
In short, chill out.
[edit on 4/1/09 by neformore]