posted on May, 5 2009 @ 10:37 AM
Many of our senior staff and I have noticed an increasing trend on ATS over the past several months that needs to be addressed, and I'm calling it
the "Culture of Negativity."
About six weeks ago, I posted a thread that received a number of excellent responses, it is:
The Rise Of The ATS Invertebrate: or, it takes a spine to be a conspiracy theorist.
While I still feel strongly about everything I said in the opening post, and it's all good advice for anyone posting online, I now believe the
inspiration for that post was a big short-sighted.
While it's certainly true that harsh criticism of a speculative theory or debunking attempt is not a personal attack, upon further review, we're
seeing an unsettling increase in those who appear to be here for no purpose other than to present harsh arguments from one side of whichever fence is
their preference. Where a few pointed contributions on a passionate subject may be appropriate, even welcomed, when it becomes a posting pattern or
even a defining style, then it's a problem.
Now, let me be clear that in now way is this an effort to initiate coddling of those who may be overly-sensitive, or an increased tolerance of those
who may have outlandish or ridiculous stories. Indeed, some of the observed "Culture of Negativity" may be an accidental byproduct of enabling
threads and topics that appear to be disingenuous. And this is a issue for which we're also very concerned.
So I want to open this important topic up for discussion amongst our members who are also seeing this "Culture of Negativity" creeping into
What can we do?
What should we do?
Should we (ATS) step into some moderate editorial oversight to better police obviously outlandish topics as well as those who post nothing but
Before we do anything about this... I'd like to read what you have to say.
After much discussion and debate, the measures we (ATS staff) will take to hopefully address this issue have
been posted here
[edit on 6-5-2009 by SkepticOverlord]