posted on Feb, 25 2009 @ 02:50 PM
PAUSE AND DEEP BREATH
In some regards, the responses in this thread illustrate, in microcosm, the tonality problems we've encountered because of a relaxation of our rules
on drug-related topics. However, as has been stated by myself and nearly every other staff member responding in this thread, we fully agree there are
important conspiracy and cover-up issues that are part of the universe of drug topics, and it's unfortunate that those discusses devolve into
So let's split the difference and figure out, together, if and how we can find a way to reintroduce the topics into discussion on ATS without concern
over replies that stray into personal use advocacy.
Long ago, during a similar time of topical turmoil, we initiated the "Deny Ignorance Steering Committee" as a place where concerned members could
interact with admin and staff in a candid and productive way. Back in 2004, some interesting initiatives resulted... and many staff members emerged
from the early committee members.
Select four or five members who are sincerely concerned about the conspiracy and cover-up stories within drug topics, pharmacology topics, and the
"war on drugs." You'd have our commitment that myself and Springer will be involved, as well as at least three other staff members with a similar
desire. Within the private DISC form, we'll discuss strategies to get these topics back onto ATS, and if we can agree on a way to do it, we'll do
Work together to choose the best member participants, and we'll start immediately.
But it needs to remain clear, that unless and until we collectively agree on a new strategy to discuss these topics on ATS, the no-tolerance rule will
[edit on 25-2-2009 by SkepticOverlord]