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Originally posted by EvilBat
reply to post by AllTiedTogether
I think the membership went up for the drug talk because people wanted to jump on the Free speech bandwagon, you know "fight the authority because we want to be hip and cool." Not realizing they are just hurting their membership and the forums here. I would say that 70% of the memberships that joined during that will most likely be forgotten about. But I say hurt the forums because well whats it doing to it its not helping buy members complaining that they want to talk about something when they were asked not to.
Originally posted by AllTiedTogether
reply to post by EvilBat
It was not disrupted by people going with T&C claims, that is what this thread is about.
[edit on 28-2-2009 by AllTiedTogether]
My conclusion - theres a hard core of people out there who want to see the site go down. They use some fairly standard cointel practices - disseminate into the population, instigate, protest, and then disappear either through enforced banning, or self-withdrawal. They have many accounts, set up over a long period of time, and some just sit and sleep, or participate in benign threads until one day, one of them goes rogue and forces an "issue" - usually over a single T&C item - that allows the usual round of allegations to be lobbed out, in the vain hope that someones gonna crack. People get drawn into such things unwittingly, and some issues become bigger than others (as is the case with the recent one)
And any defence that ATS puts up to protect its name and image gets a "Well you would say that..." response.
Who is this group? I have no idea. Could be disgruntled ex-members, could be something else more sinister indeed. This stuff has been going on for a loooong time, but believe me, its there.
There is your conspiracy folks.
Originally posted by seagull
Censorship? That's a whine of dubious vintage...
Originally posted by Symbiote
What ATS does in deleting posts is censorship.
If the ATS owners or mods feel that some topics are "too scary" or "taboo" or just "too cool for school" then it is well within their means to remove said topics.
But don't try to make your actions out to be anything other than what they are...