After much thought, much discussion among the staff, and a FAILED, many month long, experiment to see if these topics could be discussed in a mature,
"NO user story" manner, ANY discussion of illegal drugs or mind altering substances (even if they are legal in your country, state, province, county
or city) ends today
, Wednesday 25 February, 2009 at the time of this post.
The ability to continue to provide our members with a huge venue upon which they can express and challenge their own theories, or the theories of
others, exchange information with their peers on the thousands
of other topics welcomed here, is far, far more important than risking it
all over a handful of topics that are covered in a much better way on other sites, set up specifically for them.
As many have pointed out there are dozens (if not hundreds) of sites where those who are truly concerned about the laws and conspiracies relative to
the cloudy realm that is illicit drugs could spend their time and quite possibly do some GOOD for their "cause".
We invite those who seek to discuss illicit drugs or mood altering substances to search these sites out because the topics will no longer be tolerated
here, on AboveTopSecret.com or any of The Above Network, LLC properties.
Shortly after our failed experiment began, we noticed an increase in the number of people who seek only disruption, use insults and immature, snide
remarks when interacting their fellow members.
It is sadly no coincidence that the number of complaints, and even threads in this forum, about incivility and immaturity rose in number while our
failed experiment ran its course. The data shows these topics attract a type of user that is simply not wanted here and detracts from the thousands of
interesting and important discussions that happen here everyday.
It has become obvious (again) that any discussion of illegal drugs, whether it's about the laws that make them illegal being wrong headed or the
conspiracy that created the laws in the first place, simply can not be discussed here without the inevitable divergence into user stories, which are,
have always been and will always be against the TAC of this site.
Effective immediately we are implementing a ZERO TOLERANCE POLICY
on the discussion of illicit/illegal drugs, or the improper use of anything
to achieve a mind altering state. This includes any and all "conspiracies", "laws", efforts to legalize, etc...
In short if a topic has anything
to do with illegal drugs, or the misuse of any substance to achieve a mind altering state, it is not
welcome on ATS.
The Zero Tolerance Policy is as follows:
first offense = post deletion and red tag warning/points deduction.
second offense = instant Post Ban and Account Review for possible permanent ban.
third offense = permanent ban of account
Please don't waste your time or ours trying to "negotiate" with us on this.
We know the vast, quiet, civil majority of our members come here for the discussion of the topics that made ATS the number one alternative topics
discussion site on the internet, the subject of illegal drugs and stories of being intoxicated were never part of that.
If you feel the need to call out the corruption of the "War on Drugs", accurately define the benefits of Hemp, etc... Please utilize one of the many
sites created for those purposes, I am confident they will appreciate your support.
FINAL TOPIC UPDATE: PLEASE READ
The New ATS Policy on Drug-Related Topics.
1- New Forum
2- 200 Post Minimum
3- Absolutely no personal use discussion
4- Instant ban for discussing personal use
Summary Of This Thread. Please Read Prior To Commenting Here.
[edit on 26-2-2009 by SkepticOverlord]
Thread title changed.
[edit on 3-3-2009 by SkepticOverlord]