posted on Feb, 26 2009 @ 08:26 PM
There seems to me to be an inordinate amount of anger right now, which when seen through the eyepiece of civility looks rather repugnant.
Fact 1. We don't own this site. We use it. It is a privilege to be here. (At least for me)
Fact 2. Those who DO own this site have the right to put whatever policies they want into effect. For whatever reason, it really has
no bearing at all, they decided to take action on something they felt was ultimately bad for the community which exists within the experiment that
they are ultimately responsible for.
Fact 3. When the community was outraged, the Owners of this site decided to allow the community an attempt at policing itself.
Fact 4. The vocal community at that point in time, earlier this morning, after discussing it all night came to a consensus not on what needed
to be done, but that something needed to be done and quickly.
Fact 5. The one who most everyone felt was most impartial was not interested in making policy, but was very interested in facilitating
discussions between those who own this site and those who use this site.
Fact 6. Many people who were not online during this evolution of the thread at that time feel somehow disenfranchised.
Now, to my opinion.
ATS is not the USA.
I know, we like to think of it as an example of what the USA would be like if it were a full blown democracy, because this site, for the most part is
seen as the democratization of thought. But it was never meant to be that. It was meant to be a place for the democratization of conspiracy
We, the account holding users of ATS are simply guests here, participating at our own luxury. If we can't sit back and be happy that those who own
this house we are guests in have decided to allow the group to have a say in any fashion, but instead get bent out of shape because we didn't have a
say in it, then I would say we were being incredibly rude.
I understand that many of those who feel disenfranchised about this also feel disenfranchised by their own political systems. But ATS is not one of
those political systems. The power at ATS is not found in political power, although that kind of power is generated within the community. The power
at ATS is found through whatever it is we feel to be truth, and the timing of the communication of that which we feel is truth. But it is all relevant
to conspiracy theories.
Yes, it's true that certain illegal substances are part and parcel to many conspiracy theories. And the owners of this site had no problems with
people speaking about the use of '___' on agents captured by the CIA during the cold war. But we, the user community of ATS, somehow feel like
everything should be a moral war.
This action by the Owners of ATS is nothing different from the actions they have taken in the past when the Middle East forum blew up, or the Decision
2008 forum blew up, or when people got so carried away in general with personal attacks that the owners of ATS had to take action on that as well.
I know, that I have not been perfect throughout my tenure here. Heck, I used to be here under a different name, but was banned myself one time when I
got so emotional about something I went off the rails.
At the time I said "Screw them then". But I realized how much I really enjoyed ATS. I came to ATS because I enjoyed the discussions... not because
I got angry at the discussions. So I'm back under a completely different persona, and with a completely different attitude, because I want to be.
It is completely voluntary.
And this is my point. If ATS makes you so angry you could spit... then you either need to take some time to yourself, or a Mod will eventually do it
I think we should all at the very least recognize that we have no right to make demands. It's one thing to say what you think should happen, and
even debate the merits of your point for a page... maybe two. But to go on , with anger, post after post, and page after page... that just makes one
I know... I've been there... I was a pariah once too. It happens. But you can always change your perspective on things, and begin enjoying the
conversation again instead of feeling insulted.
In the end, I've said my peace on what I feel should happen on ATS as it relates to the discussion of drugs, or the enactment of policy around it. I
know many of the people who were nominated saw my posts, and I trust them to take them into consideration. If they don't oh well. I enjoy ATS for
so many different reasons, nothing anyone does on here is really going to screw that up for me, as long as I don't let it.
[edit on 26-2-2009 by HunkaHunka]